Sentencing News

FAMM has resources and contacts to assist the media with reporting on mandatory minimum sentences and their effects on the country. Media inquiries should be directed to


November 28, 2016

Giving Tuesday

  Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day to give. With your support, FAMM can keep telling the stories of prisoners who are serving ridiculously long and unfair sentences for low-level crimes, like Robyn Hamilton. FAMM fights 365 days a year to restore sentencing justice in this country, so people like Robyn don’t rot in prison…. Read more »

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 21, 2016

Communications Assistant (Internship)

Who We Are: Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation’s leading nonprofit sentencing reform organization, seeks a dynamic, creative, organized, hard-working intern to join the FAMM team and work with our communications and research departments.  Who Should Apply: The ideal candidate is a current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, journalism, public policy,… 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 9, 2016

A Letter from FAMM

By Andrea Strong, Member Services Director with FAMM   Today, as we all honor our country’s military veterans for their service, I will be thinking of my friend Bruce Harrison, a former corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bruce served his country honorably during the Vietnam War, earning many distinctions, including two Purple Hearts. Unfortunately,… Read more »

October 25, 2016

Nichole Marie Forde

Nichole Forde’s life was spiraling downward. Abused as a child, living on the streets, two suicide attempts … When she was finally convicted of selling drugs in 2010, it might have been a blessing in disguise. Nichole needed a change. A reasonable prison sentence could have helped her repay her debt to society and turn… Read more »

October 4, 2016

How Should Originalist Legislators Think About Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws?

Imagine you are a state legislator – or perhaps you don’t need to imagine! – who believes the following: The U.S. Constitution should be interpreted according to the original meaning of the text; Legislation that violates the U.S. Constitution so interpreted is unconstitutional; and   The legislature shouldn’t approve any unconstitutional legislation. How should a… Read more »