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 

 

Resources

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.

Legal:

Sentencing:

Prison:


Advocate and Meet with Your Members of Congress:


Latest News

September 7, 2013

Cindy Martinson: Judges Need More Discretion on Sentences

Cindy Martinson, mother of Mandy Martinson, wrote the following op-ed in the Des Moines Register. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced an important shift in Justice Department policy: He told federal prosecutors not to pursue mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders. Unfortunately for me and my daughter, Mandy Martinson, Holder’s proposal is… Read more »


August 30, 2013

U.S. Sentencing Commission Update – Retroactivity Possible?

Good news on the sentencing guidelines front!  On August 15, the U.S. Sentencing Commission decided which guideline changes they want to focus on in 2014 and one of them is to reduce all drug sentences by two levels! As you might remember, each year the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which writes the federal Sentencing Guidelines, suggests… Read more »


August 28, 2013

Time Served — and Wasted — for a Nonviolent Drug Offense

FAMM member Debi Campbell wrote this compelling op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. When I learned this month that Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was proposing to change how the federal government charges and sentences nonviolent drug offenders, I thought to myself, “It’s about time.” I know a thing or two about time. I… Read more »