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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

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Latest News:

FAMM supports Pennsylvania medical release bill

Friday, June 10, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM supports Pennsylvania medical release bill  HARRISBURG – Rep. Kail (R-Beaver and Washington Counties) has introduced HB 2634, a bill that would create a meaningful medical release mechanism for incarcerated individuals in Pennsylvania state prisons and save taxpayers significant sums of money. “FAMM strongly supports this bill, which addresses a long-standing problem in Pennsylvania’s prisons – the … Read More

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Senator Street & FAMM to host The Road to Redemption Live at Eastern State Penitentiary

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org Desmond McKinson, 215-251-9791DesmondMcKinson@pasenate.com Senator Street & FAMM to host The Road to Redemption Live at Eastern State Penitentiary  PHILADELPHIA – On Tuesday, April 19th FAMM will join Senator Sharif Street in hosting The Road to Redemption: Live at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, from 2-4 pm. The event will also be livestreamed on Senator Street’s Facebook page. … Read More

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FAMM and Pennsylvania Prison Society urge Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections to end $5 medical copays for incarcerated people

Thursday, March 31, 2022

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org FAMM and Pennsylvania Prison Society urge Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections to end $5 medical copays for incarcerated people  MECHANICSBURG – FAMM and the Pennsylvania Prison Society sent a joint letter today to Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections George Little asking for the permanent elimination of the $5 medical copay for incarcerated … Read More

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