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“As America regains its strength,” the president said, “this opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXPERT: Kevin Ring, is the President of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM). He is author of Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court’s Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice.

Virtually all federal prisoners will leave prison and rejoin society someday. According to a recent study, nearly one-half (49.3%) of federal prisoners were rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of supervision conditions within eight years of their release. Everyone is safer when prison policies and programs reduce the likelihood that returning citizens will reoffend.

In August 2016, FAMM conducted our first-ever survey of federal prisoners to learn as much as we could about the frequency, type, and quality of programs and education they are currently offered. More than 2,000 individuals responded, offering extensive details about the programs, jobs, and educational opportunities available to them in prison. The survey results will give policymakers a better understanding of what federal prisons currently provide and what reforms are needed to advance the goal of reducing recidivism.



ABOUT: FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety. We see a country where criminal sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient to impose fair punishment and protect public safety. Our supporters include taxpayers, families, prisoners, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens.

What FAMM Does…

By advocating for sensible state and federal sentencing reform, FAMM helps:

(1) Lessen the burden of overcrowded prisons on taxpayers…

(2) Shift resources from excessive incarceration to law enforcement and other programs proven to reduce crime and recidivism…

(3) Mobilize those whose lives are harmed by unfair prison sentences to work constructively for change…

BIO: Kevin brings more than 20 years of conservative public policy, campaign, and issue advocacy experience to FAMM. He began his career in Washington, DC as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. During his tenure, he served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary’s Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights Subcommittee under the leadership of future US Attorney General John Ashcroft. He also served as executive director for the Republican Study Committee, the largest member organization in the US House of Representatives. Kevin became a lobbyist in 1999 and was twice named one of K Street’s Top Lobbyists. He is the author of Scalia’s Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents (Regnery). Kevin is a graduate of Syracuse University and The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


TWITTER: @FAMMfoundation, @KevinARing

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