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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 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 Deputy Policy Director, Maria Goellner, at mgoellner@famm.org.

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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 welcomes Celeste Trusty as Pennsylvania State Director

Friday, January 20, 2023

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org  FAMM welcomes Celeste Trusty as Pennsylvania State Director WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring today announced that Celeste Trusty has been hired to serve as the Pennsylvania State Director and Maria Goellner has been promoted to the position of FAMM’s Deputy Director of Policy. Trusty returns to a position she held before serving as Secretary … Read More

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Maria Goellner appointed to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Contact:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org Maria Goellner appointed to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Maria Goellner has been named to Governor-elect Josh Shapiro’s Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety, which covers sentencing and prison policies. Shapiro, in preparation for taking office in January, has built a transition team … Read More

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LinkedIn participates in FAMM’s #VisitAPrison challenge with trip to SCI Phoenix

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org  FAMM’s #VisitAPrison challenge with trip to  SCI Phoenix COLLEGEVILLE –  LinkedIn Corporation and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) officials will tour State Correctional Institution (SCI) Phoenix as part of the FAMM’s #VisitAPrison campaign.  “Ninety-five percent of the people in prison today are going to return to their communities, and the best way to ensure that their re-entry is … Read More

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