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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

April 17, 2017

Success Story: Elizabeth Melson

Elizabeth was a shy child and adolescent who struggled with self-esteem issues from an early age. Problems for Elizabeth became worse during her teens, around the time of her parents’ separation and divorce. As a teenager, she experimented with alcohol, drugs and risky behaviors, which led to trouble at school with her academics. Paradoxically, although… Read more »

March 17, 2017

Nevada bill would vacate sentences for some marijuana-related convictions

Originally seen in TVN A Nevada bill would do away with the sentences of defendants who were convicted of possessing an ounce or less of recreational marijuana before it became legal on Jan. 1 this year. Assemblyman William McCurdy II introduced Assembly Bill 259 this week to the Assembly’s Committee on Corrections, Parole and Probation in… Read more »

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 »