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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 reforms to probation and record expungement. 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, Celeste Trusty, at ctrusty@famm.org.

 

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How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Pennsylvania

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

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FAMM praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ actions to support clemency

Monday, November 16, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ actions to support clemency HARRISBURG – In response to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons supporting clemency for 85 people who are currently on reprieve, FAMM’s Director of State Policy for Pennsylvania, Celeste Trusty, issued the following statement: “Sending these 85 people to Gov. Tom … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania General Assembly to revise release mechanisms for people in prison due to COVID-19

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania General Assembly to revise release mechanisms for people in prison due to COVID-19 HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to The Pennsylvania General Assembly, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of corrections John Wetzel calling on the assembly to revise and implement release mechanisms in response to increased … Read More

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FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a second chances agenda in Pennsylvania 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM announces a new campaign in support of a second chances agenda in Pennsylvania  The criminal justice organization calls for expanded use of compassionate release, clemency and second look laws HARRISBURG – FAMM recently announced a new “Second Chances Agenda“ campaign aimed at urging Pennsylvania policymakers to end life without parole, … Read More

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