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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has the highest incarceration rate in the Northeastern U.S. and the second-highest number of people serving life without parole sentences in the country. In 2015, the state’s Supreme Court struck down its mandatory minimum laws as unconstitutional. Since then, FAMM has opposed efforts to reinstate mandatory minimum sentences. FAMM also supports reforms to life without parole sentences, increased use of early release for elderly and ill people in prison, more use of executive clemency, prison mail policies that keep families connected, and more. By implementing evidence-based sentencing reforms, state lawmakers can save taxpayer dollars or redirect those savings to proven alternatives to reduce crime and recidivism. To get involved in our work in Pennsylvania, sign up for our emails and contact our Pennsylvania State Policy Director, Maria Goellner, at mgoellner@famm.org.

2021 - 2022 Laws and Policy

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Pennsylvania

You can do several things to work toward reforming Pennsylvania’s sentencing laws.

Latest News:

FAMM’S Pennsylvania State Director Maria Goellner to testify at House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org   FAMM’S Pennsylvania State Director Maria Goellner to testify at House Democratic Policy Committee hearing   HARRISBURG – FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Director Maria Goellner will testify at the House of Representatives Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Thursday, “Judging Justice – The Mechanics of Criminal Sentencing.” The hearing can be live … Read More

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FAMM releases report on need for second chances in Pennsylvania’s prisons

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Media contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org   FAMM releases report on need for second chances in Pennsylvania’s prisons “Time for Justice: The Urgent Need for Second Chances in Pennsylvania’s Sentencing System” highlights high costs and low value of Pennsylvania’s long prison sentences   HARRISBURG – As part of FAMM’s ongoing efforts to support second chances in Pennsylvania, … Read More

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FAMM releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums   HARRISBURG – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement following the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on two bills that would introduce new mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes: “Mandatory minimums are proven … Read More

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