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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 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, Maria Goellner, at mgoellner@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.

Latest News:

FAMM releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM releases statement following Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on new gun mandatory minimums   HARRISBURG – FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement following the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee vote on two bills that would introduce new mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes: “Mandatory minimums are proven … Read More

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FAMM announces sponsorship of What Is Life? Podcast

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM announces sponsorship of What Is Life? Podcast What is Life? Features conversations with Pennsylvanians serving life without parole sentences HARRISBURG – As part of FAMM’s three-decade fight against extreme mandatory sentences, it is sponsoring the podcast What is Life?, produced and hosted by Joshua Vaughn a senior reporter at The … Read More

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FAMM issues statement on Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency actions 

Friday, March 5, 2021

For Media Inquiries: Tripp Laino, 202-999-4273 tlaino@famm.org FAMM issues statement on Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency actions  HARRISBURG – In response to the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons clemency actions today FAMM’s Director of State Policy for Pennsylvania, Celeste Trusty, issued the following statement: “FAMM is beyond grateful the board today recognized the redemption and rehabilitation exhibited by James … Read More

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