Each year, thousands of individuals are released from prison after serving unjustly long mandatory minimum prison sentences. Here are the stories of FAMM supporters who are successfully living their lives.
Last year, Stephanie was in a federal prison in Coleman, Florida serving her 21st year of a 30-year sentence for a crack conspiracy she was involved in for just a month. Now she's free and advocating for FAMM.
Organizing for justice, in prison and on the outside.
Changing lives behind bars.
David Brian Veatch
Released from prison after serving a 10-year mandatory sentence for marijuana and a firearms charge.
The Mommie Activist.
Paroled in March 2009, Maria plans to become a criminal defense attorney to advocate for the many people who suffer from injustice worldwide.
Now a happily-married grandmother, Karen asks lawmakers to invest in rehabilitation over incarceration. She says, “Programs help people reenter society. People go back and use [drugs] because they don’t have the support systems or programs they need.”
Marcus was released in 2009 after changes to the crack sentencing guidelines went into effect.
A young mother with no prior convictions, JeDonna was one of the first people to be sentenced to life without parole under Michigan's “650 Lifer Law.”
Jim Di Vietri
Jim and his father fought together for his freedom.
Natasha calls March 3, 2008, the day crack sentencing guideline reforms went into effect, “my New Years Day.”
Susan was paroled in 2009. She walked into the arms of her loving family after almost ten years in Michigan state prison.