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FAMM continues to work in Pennsylvania in 2024.  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 Director of State Policy, Celeste Trusty, at ctrusty@famm.org.

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FAMM applauds Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passage of clemency reform amendment

Monday, November 13, 2023

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM applauds Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee passage of clemency reform amendment HARRISBURG – Today FAMM thanked the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee for passing a bill to undo a 1990s tough-on-crime constitutional amendment by reforming the clemency process and urged House leadership to bring the bill to a floor vote. House Bill 1410, which … Read More

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FAMM testifies at Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee hearing on clemency reform amendment

Monday, October 30, 2023

For Media Inquiries:John Norton, 202-999-4268jnorton@famm.org FAMM testifies at Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee hearing on clemency reform amendment HARRISBURG – FAMM Senior Policy Associate Bryan Widenhouse is testifying live today at the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s hearing about Speaker Joanna McClinton’s constitutional amendment to the clemency process. House Bill 1410 would return the Board of Pardons threshold for recommending commutation in life … Read More

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FAMM opposes Pennsylvania legislation creating new mandatory minimum sentence

Thursday, October 5, 2023

For Media Inquiries: John Norton, 202-999-4268 jnorton@famm.org FAMM opposes Pennsylvania legislation creating new mandatory minimum sentence  HARRISBURG – FAMM Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty issued the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Senate passing Tyler’s Law, a bill that creates a new 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentence if someone sells drugs containing fentanyl and the user overdoses. … Read More

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