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.
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.
July 19, 2013
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 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 »
June 22, 2013
Congress’s new bipartisan task force on overcriminalization in the justice system held its first hearing earlier this month. It was a timely meeting: national crime rates are at historic lows, yet the federal prison system is operating at close to 40 percent over capacity. Representative Karen Bass, a California Democrat, asked a panel of experts… Read more »