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

March 17, 2017

Federal Drug Arrests Are Going Down As Marijuana Becomes Legal Across The U.S.

Originally seen in Newsweek Federal arrests and sentences for drug-related crimes have been slowly declining since 2012. The biggest drop has been the number of federal crimes based on marijuana charges, which has fallen significantly over the last five years. There were more than 67,700 people charged with federal crimes in 2016; 19,945 were charged with drug-related offenses… Read more »

March 14, 2017

After Record Year for Fatal Overdoses, New York City Targets Opioids

Originally seen in The Wall Street Journal   New York City will spend $38 million annually to combat an opioid epidemic that killed more than 1,000 New Yorkers last year, city officials said Monday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the initiative, dubbed HealingNYC, would reduce the number of opioid deaths by 35% during the next five years. The… Read more »

March 14, 2017

Lawmakers disagree with life sentences for juveniles

Originally seen in The Philadelphia Tribunal  It wasn’t long ago — June 2016 to be exact — when Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams spoke passionately about providing juvenile offenders with “a light at the end of the tunnel.” It turns out, however, that light may just have well been a freight train preparing to some head-on… Read more »