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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 prisoners, more use of executive clemency, prison mail policies that keep families connected, and reforms to probation and record expungement. By reserving longer sentences for more serious and high-risk offenders, state lawmakers can save taxpayer dollars or redirect those savings to proven alternatives to reduce crime and recidivism, including drug treatment, hiring more police, and job training. To get involved in our work in Pennsylvania, sign up for our emails and contact our local organizers in the state:

Philadelphia: Celeste Trusty, ctrusty@famm.org

Pittsburgh: Evans Moore, emoore@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:

FAMM responds to Allegheny County District Attorney’s failure to attend criminal justice forum

Monday, May 13, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM RESPONDS TO ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S FAILURE TO ATTEND CRIMINAL JUSTICE FORUM ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to District Attorney Zappala’s failure to attend the 2019 Allegheny County District Attorney’s Candidate Forum on May 8th and the comments … Read More

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FAMM supports new Pennsylvania life without parole reform bills

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks, 202-822-6700 rburks@famm.org FAMM SUPPORTS NEW PENNSYLVANIA LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE REFORM BILLS WASHINGTON – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to the introduction of two life without parole sentencing reform bills by Sen. Sharif Street (D-3) and Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-179) in the Pennsylvania General Assembly: Pennsylvania … Read More

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FAMM Applauds Introduction of New Pennsylvania Probation Reform Bill

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202-822-6700 FAMM Applauds Introduction of New Pennsylvania Probation Reform Bill Harrisburg, PA – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to Pennsylvania Rep. Jordan Harris’ introduction of a new probation reform bill in the Keystone State: At FAMM, we hear too many stories of … Read More

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