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Prison Reform

Ninety-four percent of all prisoners are eventually going to leave prison and rejoin society. Those of us concerned about protecting public safety should support policies and programs that are proven to reduce the likelihood that returning citizens will reoffend. FAMM supports federal and state policies that provide incarcerated individuals with access to meaningful work and educational opportunities, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment. Further, we believe that all corrections facilities should be safe and that individuals who are incarcerated should remain close to their homes in order to maintain and strengthen important family bonds.

116th Congress Prison Reform Legislation

The First Step Act

On December 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law the First Step Act, a comprehensive criminal justice reform package which includes both sentencing and prison reforms. For more information visit

Report: Using Time to Reduce Crime

In June 2017, FAMM released a first-of-its-kind report on the need to improve federal prison programs. The report was based on a survey we conducted of federal prisoners to learn as much as we could about the frequency, type, and quality of programs and education they were offered. More than 2,000 individuals responded, offering extensive details about the programs, jobs, and educational opportunities available to them in prison. The survey results provide policymakers a better understanding of what federal prisons currently provide and what reforms are needed to advance the goal of reducing recidivism.

What We Found and What We Recommend

For more information, see our resources below:

Download “Using Time to Reduce Crime: How Prison Reform Can Reduce Recidivism”
Download “Executive Summary”