Families Are Mobilizing for Criminal Justice Reform

FAMM seeks to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping communities safe.


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The Problem

We Lock Up Too Many People for Too Long
We built a new prison every 10 days between 1990 and 2005.
We Lock Up Too Many People for Too Long
Harsh Sentences Do Not Make Us Safer
Since 2008, 35 states have reduced both their prison populations and crime rates.
Harsh Sentences Do Not Make Us Safer
Our Justice System Is Hurting Families
1 in 28 kids has a parent in prison.
Our Justice System Is Hurting Families

The Human Cost

Oliver B.’s Story: Prison Is the Wolf That Scatters Sheep

My brother has served 25 years of a mandatory life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. John is now 70 years old with no prospects...
John acknowledges that he was wrong by getting involved with drugs and has said that it was something that he is truly ashamed of doing, especially because our mother and father instilled a set of values in each of us. He yearns for an opportunity to get involved with our...
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Cynthia Powell: 25 Years for 35 Pills

Cynthia Powell was not an addict. She was not a dealer. She sold 35 of her diabetes pain pills to a confidential informant—for $300. Just...
“She was never an addict,” says Jackie. “She wasn’t a drug user, or a drug dealer.” She was charged with trafficking in hydrocodone over 28 grams, less than 30 kilos and possession with intent to sell or deliver a legend drug (prescription).
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Calvin Bryant: 17 Years for a First Offense

Beloved by friends, family, teachers, and co-workers, Calvin Bryant is now serving 17 years for a first-time offense. His sentence was grossly enhanced by Tennessee’s...
Life delivered him a harsh blow, in the form of a government informant. This person, a longtime family friend, pressured Calvin repeatedly to get ecstasy pills for him. He played on Calvin’s sympathies, telling Calvin that he needed the drugs to make money to feed his family.
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The Story of Mandy Martinson

Mandy Martinson was serving 15 years in federal prison for helping her dealer-boyfriend in exchange for feeding her methamphetamine addiction. Mandy’s judge, unable to go...
the judge was forced to give Mandy a mandatory minimum of 10 years for the conspiracy and possession charges, and a mandatory five-year consecutive term for the gun charge, for a total sentence of 15 years behind bars.
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How We Work for Change

Sentencing Reform

Sentencing Reform

We advocate individualized sentences. All sentences should be tailored to the unique facts and circumstances of each offense and individual.

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Prison Reform

Prison Reform

More than 90 percent of all prisoners will return to their communities someday. We work to ensure that prisoners get the education, skills, and treatment they need to succeed.

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Compassionate Release

Compassionate Release

We advocate the creation and expansion of compassionate release programs. The incarceration of sick and elderly prisoners who pose no threat to public safety costs too much.

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Latest News

FAMM Supports “Protecting the Health and Wellness of Babies and Pregnant Inmates” Act

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FAMM Opposes Rushed Crime of Violence Bill H.R. 6691

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Families Rally to Demand Justice Reform

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FAMM, Lawmakers, and Families to Rally for Justice Reform at the U.S. Capitol

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