Post Date: June 14, 2013
In the past week, two prominent conservatives spoke out against our current criminal justice policies. Both mentioned the harm done to families. Columnist George F. Will wrote that our current sentencing policies take a “staggering toll on shattered families.” Richard Viguerie, who heads ConservativeHQ.com, echoed those sentiments, noting that too many criminal justice policies are both excessive and costly. “Prisons, for example, are harmful to prisoners and their families.”
As Father’s Day approaches, we thought you’d like to hear what two young Massachusetts experts have to say. They know all too well how our harsh drug sentencing laws affect families. More importantly, they love and miss their father.
My dad is one of the best guys I know. Although he has made some bad decisions that led to him being away for the past 4 years, he is always there for me as best as he can be. I love him no matter what and can’t wait till the day he comes home!! Happy Father’s Day, Daddy! I love you! Love, Juliana (age 14)
My dad is a good man. As a matter of fact, he is a great man. His kids love him to death and will do anything to have him home. It has been really hard living without my dad. I can’t wait to do all the fun things we use to do, like riding four wheelers, fishing and just doing boy stuff. Happy Father’s Day to the best dad ever. I love you!!! John (age 11)
When any father is sent to prison, the entire family often suffers. That’s why it’s so important that drug offenders’ sentences fit the crime – and not a day more. With your help, FAMM will keep fighting for the repeal of mandatory minimums. Let’s do it for the dads!
P.S. If you are the parent or caregiver of a young child with a dad (or mom) in prison, check out the new Sesame Street information kit, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.
Barbara J. Dougan
Massachusetts Project Director
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Contact FAMM’s Massachusetts Project:
By phone: (617) 543-0878
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: P.O. Box 54, Arlington, MA 02474