Mission and Vision

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

FAMM is the most effective sentencing reform advocacy group in the United States. Since 1991, FAMM has worked to eliminate mandatory sentencing laws and promote sentencing policies rooted in the fundamental American values of individualized justice, fairness, proportionality, and respect for liberty and due process. By sharing stories of families and prisoners, we highlight the human costs of mandatory sentencing laws, and advocate for more efficient and effective protection of public safety.

What We Do

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, and
  3. mobilize those whose lives are harmed by unfair prison sentences to work constructively for change.

To learn more about our work, read about our ongoing state and federal projects.