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1 in 2 adults in the U.S. have experienced incarceration in their family.

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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.



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

Diane’s Story: I Moved 180 Degrees on Compassion

Diane has been a part of the FAMMily for years now. She is a tireless advocate for her husband, and she is a source of...
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Compassionate Release Clearinghouse: Damiene Lewis

On April 24, 2020, Damiene Lewis was granted compassionate release and sent home. “That’s a huge blessing,” he says now, from his mother’s home in...
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Jomari DeLeon: Pressured Into a Terrible Decision

Jomari DeLeon made two drug sales over 24 hours, making less than $200. Kingpin? Hardly. Yet this first-time offender was sentenced to 15 years. Even...
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Chris Young: “Barely on the Totem Pole” and Life in Prison

The judge at Chris Young’s trial described his life sentence as “way out of whack.” The absurdity of his punishment is matched, though, by the...
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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 urges Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to broaden clemency considerations

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FAMM, Florida Cares release results of criminal justice candidate questionnaire 

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FAMM, The S.T.A.R.T Project release results of Arizona criminal justice reform candidate questionnaire

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FAMM thrilled to see Cynthia Powell released from prison

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The most vulnerable people can’t wait

In response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, FAMM is encouraging all people in federal prison who are most vulnerable to immediately apply for early release.

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