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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.

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FAMM Statement on Policing Reform in Pennsylvania

Monday, June 15, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM Statement on Policing Reform in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement in support of efforts to advance and pass legislation that would transform the way policing is carried out in Pennsylvania: FAMM supports policing reform in Pennsylvania. We know that … Read More

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FAMM urges legislature to depopulate Pennsylvania’s prisons

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges legislature to depopulate Pennsylvania’s prisons HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the prison reprieve process. “Pennsylvania has the highest incarceration rate in the northeast, and with it, an obligation to reduce … Read More

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FAMM urges action for Pennsylvania’s prisons after infections skyrocket at SCI Huntingdon

Thursday, May 7, 2020

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM urges action for Pennsylvania’s prisons after infections skyrocket at SCI Huntingdon HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Director Celeste Trusty sent a letter today to Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of corrections John Wetzel calling for increased COVID-19 testing in prisons, maintaining safe staffing levels and the release … Read More

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