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.




Advocate and Meet with Your Members of Congress:

Latest News

July 13, 2016

Paul Fields

Categorized as a “Career Offender” because of prior nonviolent offenses, Paul Fields is now serving a 15½-year sentence in federal prison on one count of growing marijuana. His daughter was an infant when he went to prison, and she will be 14 when he is released.   “Designed to punish the most recalcitrant recidivists, in reality… Read more »

July 12, 2016

Success Story: Eric Wilson

  “I want to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. One bad decision does not have to define you; you can change if in your heart you want to change.” -Eric Wilson   Eric Wilson looks proudly at the collection of knives, razor blades, sharpened scissors, and welding guns… Read more »

July 8, 2016

Sen. Sessions Sentenced Me to 30 Years and Then Changed His Mind

Originally appeared in By FAMM Member Stephanie Nodd I was just 23 years old and had never been in trouble with the law when Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions, then a federal prosecutor, helped send me to federal prison for a 30-year sentence. The year was 1990. A cash-strapped single mother, I stupidly helped out… Read more »