Affected Families


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If you or a loved one has been affected by a mandatory prison sentence, FAMM understands the anguish, frustration and helplessness you feel.  In the links below we share some of the resources you can access to cope with this devastating experience, and the actions you can take to help convince lawmakers to repeal mandatory minimum sentences.

Learn About Sentencing Change Laws
Get Involved  State Reform Efforts 



If you or your loved ones have questions or concerns, call (202) 822-6700. You can also connect with others on FAMM’s Facebook page and share your story here.




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Latest News

February 12, 2018

Michael Giles: No Ordinary Defendant

Michael is a veteran serving a mandatory 25-year sentence under Florida’s 10-20-Life law after he fired two shots in self-defense, shots that did not seriously injure his attacker. Read more about what Michael’s incarceration means to his family via an op-ed by his mother, Phyllis Giles. On Feb. 6, 2010, active duty air force serviceman… Read more »

January 19, 2018

FAMM Partnering with 270 Strategies to Fight for Criminal Justice Reform

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rabiah Burks (202) 999-4258 FAMM Partnering with 270 Strategies to Fight for Criminal Justice Reform   Longtime advocacy organization will work with grassroots engagement firm to unite families nationwide in ongoing fight against unjust sentencing and prison policies    WASHINGTON, DC — FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) announced today it is… Read more »

January 12, 2018

Oliver B.’s Story: Prison Is the Wolf That Scatters Sheep

My brother has served 25 years of a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. John is now 70 years old with no prospects of being released. The impact of outdated sentencing laws is not only tying the hands of our federal judicial system, but also continues to have detrimental consequences on families, including… Read more »