Deborah Fleischaker has been named director of state legislative affairs for Families Against Mandatory Minimums.
Fleischaker will coordinate the organization’s campaigns in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Kansas and will work to identify other states in which FAMM’s efforts to reform state mandatory minimum sentences could be effective.
“I’m a big proponent of fair and proportionate sentencing,” she says. “Our prison populations are huge, and there are some real common sense reforms that states can undertake that treat nonviolent offenders humanely and save the state money at the same time.”
Before joining FAMM, she was director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project. The project pushed for moratoriums and reforms in eight states.
Fleischaker says she is excited to be working with FAMM because she feels “like I have a real opportunity to make a difference.”