Pennsylvania - FAMM


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

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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 to Discuss New State-by-State Report on Pennsylvania’s Early Prison Release Programs

Friday, June 22, 2018

Contact: Rabiah Burks 202-822-6700 FAMM to Discuss New State-by-State Report on Pennsylvania’s Early Prison Release Programs HARRISBURG – A panel of experts will discuss Pennsylvania’s early release programs for sick, dying, and aging prisoners on June 27, 2018, in Harrisburg. The program, “The Case for Compassionate Release: How Releasing Sick and Elderly Prisoners Makes … Read More

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The PA House’s bad idea for next week

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lani Prunés 202.621.5066 The PA House’s bad idea for next week Next week, the Pennsylvania House may take up legislation to reinstate mandatory minimum sentencing laws. We at FAMM think that’s a bad idea. Today we are releasing a new video to help educate policymakers about why individualized, evidence-based approaches … Read More

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Pennsylvania Voters Oppose Mandatory Minimum Sentences, According to New Poll

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Voters Think State Spends Too Much on Jail, Not Enough on Rehabilitation WASHINGTON, DC – Families Against Mandatory Minimum (FAMM) President Julie Stewart today released the results of a new poll of likely Pennsylvania voters, which revealed strong opposition to mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenses.  (See below for a presentation of the results, or … Read More

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