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

August 17, 2013

Prison Reform: An Unlikely Alliance of Left and Right

(The Economist/Molly Gill quoted) — Eric Holder and Rick Perry have little in common. America’s attorney-general is black, liberal and uses the word “community” a lot. The governor of Texas is white, conservative and says “God” a lot. Last month Mr Holder’s Justice Department sued Texas for allegedly trying to make it harder for blacks… Read more »


July 19, 2013

“My World as I Knew it Was Shattered”

Ifetayo Harvey, an intern with the Drug Policy Alliance, wrote a powerful piece about her experience growing up with a parent behind bars – a reality facing 2.7 million children in the United States (you should read Harvey’s piece, if you haven’t already). The issue has received more attention recently – last month Sesame Street… Read more »


July 8, 2013

The Siren Song of Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws

The proposed expansion of Medicaid was one of the most controversial issues in Florida’s 2013 legislative session. As part of the implementation of Obamacare, Florida had the option of expanding the number of people covered under Medicaid. Under the proposed plan, the federal government would underwrite the cost of expansion completely for the first three… Read more »