November 23, 2016

He Was Supposed to Die in Prison

Yesterday President Obama granted 79 more commutations to federal prisoners, including some who were serving life sentences. They will join people like FAMM member Evans Ray, who was sentenced to die in prison but instead received a commutation last August. Evans will be at home to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time in 12 years. Watch this video… Read more »

November 17, 2016

“I know exactly what they mean”

You might not know that here at FAMM, we have someone on staff who knows way more than she ever wanted to about how awful mandatory minimum sentencing really is. Debi Campbell spent 16 long years behind bars for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. Now she works for us, trying to get rid of bad… Read more »

November 10, 2016

Making Prisons Full Again?

Elections have consequences, and Tuesday night’s election could dramatically harm our chances of achieving federal sentencing reform. Let me explain why I say that—and why FAMM needs your help now more than ever to maintain the progress we’ve made. First, President-elect Donald Trump said that in his first 100 days of office he wants to… Read more »

October 27, 2016

Unhappy Anniversary – NEW VIDEO

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. And at FAMM, we’re not celebrating. This law established our current federal mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws, which we are working to get rid of everyday. In this video, we urge lawmakers not to celebrate, but to repeal this ill-conceived law. If you… Read more »

October 26, 2016

Lighting the Match

It’s matching grant time at FAMM – time to make your contribution go twice as far!  When I launched FAMM twenty-five years ago, I never would have imagined that a generous supporter would match every dollar raised at the end of the year! Back then I had nothing more than a cardboard box full of… Read more »

October 18, 2016

Incarcerating US Documentary Features FAMM Pres. Julie Stewart

A new documentary film is out starring FAMM President Julie Stewart and longtime FAMM board member Eric Sterling. Incarcerating US does a great job of explaining how bad policies, including mandatory minimum sentences, have caused our nation’s prison population to explode to record heights. Julie and Eric participated in a lively panel discussion following the… Read more »


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