Maryland - FAMM


FAMM is working in Maryland in 2023. Maryland has a large, expensive prison system that lacks basic transparency and accountability to the public, lawmakers, and taxpayers. For that reason, FAMM has been supporting independent prison oversight of the state’s prison system. Maryland also has the third worst compassionate release system in the country. FAMM is supporting reforms to compassionate release that streamline the application process and allow more elderly and ill people in state prisons to easily be considered for release when they are not a danger to public safety.

FAMM’s 2023 policy goals are to:

  • Improve Maryland’s medical and geriatric parole process so that more elderly and ill people can be released from prison when they pose no danger to the public.
  • Establish independent prison oversight of Maryland’s state prisons.

Please contact Molly Gill at for questions about our Maryland work.

2023 Priority Legislation

Latest News:

FAMM Praises Maryland Leaders for Eliminating Mandatory Minimums for Low-Level Drug Offenders

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Jessica Breslin,, 202-822-6700 WASHINGTON — Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) Vice President Kevin Ring congratulated state lawmakers in Maryland today for passing legislation to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. The legislation also permits those sentenced to drug mandatory minimums in the past to go back to court and … Read More

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FAMM Welcomes Maryland Sentencing Reform Recommendations

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Urges State Lawmakers to Embrace, Broaden Council’s Proposals FAMM Director of Strategic Initiatives Kevin Ring today praised the members of the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC) for including mandatory minimum prison sentencing law reforms in their final report to lawmakers. The JRCC, which includes representatives from Governor Larry Hogan’s office and the Maryland General … Read More

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