Press Releases

January 9, 2018

Medical Parole in Massachusetts: National Organizations Weigh In

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 Medical Parole in Massachusetts: National Organizations Weigh In   Today, members of the Campaign for Compassionate Release, a national group of criminal justice reform, health policy, human rights, and faith-based organizations, sent a letter to Massachusetts’ legislators urging them to expand the use of medical parole. The Campaign was formed to… Read more »


December 21, 2017

FAMM Statement on the Commutation of Sholom Rubashkin’s Sentence

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Statement on the Commutation of Sholom Rubashkin’s Sentence   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s decision to commute the federal prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin: We are pleased that President Trump used his constitutional authority to commute Mr. Rubashkin’s sentence. The… Read more »


December 12, 2017

FAMM Testimony on BOP Halfway House Closures and Limited Use of Compassionate Release

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Testimony on BOP Halfway House Closures  and Limited Use of Compassionate Release   WASHINGTON – FAMM President Kevin Ring submitted testimony today to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform outlining the group’s concerns with the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) recent decision to close more than a dozen… Read more »


December 7, 2017

FAMM Announces Launch of National Campaign for Compassionate Release

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Announces Launch of National Campaign for Compassionate Release WASHINGTON – Today, a coalition of criminal justice reform, health policy, human rights, and faith-based organizations launched a new public education and advocacy campaign to urge the creation, expansion, and robust use of federal and state programs that grant early release to… Read more »


November 20, 2017

FAMM Disappointed in Rejection of Michael Giles’ Appeal

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM Disappointed in Rejection of Michael Giles’ Appeal Says one-size-fits-all sentencing laws are to blame   Tallahassee, Fla. – FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) expressed disappointment today in the denial of a legal appeal by Michael Giles. Florida’s First District Court of Appeal denied Giles’ appeal of a 2011 conviction for aggravated battery…. Read more »


November 16, 2017

FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package

  Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 FAMM’s Statement on Massachusetts House of Representatives Criminal Justice Reform Package   BOSTON –  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a major criminal justice reform package (S.2200), which impacts every phase of the criminal justice system. FAMM is pleased that the House voted to repeal several low-level drug mandatory… Read more »


November 9, 2017

National Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Call for Drug-Free School Zone Reform in Tennessee

Contact: Rabiah Burks rburks@famm.org 202.822.6700 National Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Call for Drug-Free School Zone Reform in Tennessee NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s drug-free school zone law, originally intended to shield children from the illegal distribution and purchasing of drugs, is being unfairly applied in cases where children are not involved or even in the vicinity of the… Read more »