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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.

 

2021 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.

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FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations

Thursday, February 11, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Gov. Tom Wolf for signing commutations  HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed commutations for a group of people who had been supported by the Board of Pardons. FAMM had urged Gov. Wolf to sign the commutations quickly … Read More

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FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for including medical parole in budget proposal

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for including medical parole in budget proposal HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement following Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, which included a provision for medical parole. “The tragic loss of nearly 100 of our incarcerated community members and … Read More

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FAMM urges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to immediately sign commutations recommended to him by Board of Pardons

Monday, February 1, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to immediately sign commutations recommended to him by Board of Pardons   HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to Governor Tom Wolf urging him to sign the commutations recommended to him by the Board of Pardons. The letter … Read More

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