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

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 »

August 20, 2013

Rethinking Drug Sentences Comes Too Late for Some

(CNN) — When Stephanie Nodd walked out of prison two years ago, she found herself in a new world. Her five children were grown. Computers and cell phones were everywhere. Her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, had seen a thriving nightlife district emerge in its once-sleepy downtown. Nodd had emerged after spending 21 years in federal… Read more »

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 »