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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.

 

2019 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:

Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial”

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Media Contact: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to host virtual screening of FAMM’s trial penalty documentary “The Vanishing Trial” HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee is hosting a virtual screening and panel discussion of FAMM’s new documentary “The Vanishing Trial” which takes a deep dive into the trial penalty in … Read More

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FAMM releases results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire

Friday, August 28, 2020

For media inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire Questions were sent to all Pennsylvania legislative candidates, though not all responded HARRISBURG – FAMM has released the results of its candidate questionnaire, allowing Pennsylvania’s voters to see where candidates for the state Legislature stand on 10 proposed criminal justice reforms covering a … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to broaden clemency considerations

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to broaden clemency considerations HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, urging them to broaden consideration of clemency, reflecting the desires of the public at large. “We’re calling on the Board of Pardons to … Read More

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