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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

A Lifetime of Remorse and Service to Others

Too many people in Pennsylvania are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer. There are plenty of people locked up like David Mandeville,...
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“A Good Man!” When Sentencing Enhancements Add 45 Years

“My roots weren’t strong, and when the storms of life came, I couldn’t hold on,” says Charles Scott, currently serving more than 51 years in...
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When a Second Chance Means Powerhouse Advocacy

There’s nothing romantic about prison. But here’s a FAMM story that’s undeniably romantic. It’s about what happens when fierce advocacy, Fantasy Football, 35 birthday cards,...
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A Racist Disparity, the EQUAL Act, and One Man’s Redemption

The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 reduced the disparity in sentencing for crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses from 100:1 to 18:1. But true justice...
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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 releases statement on compassionate release bill in California

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FAMM supports Pennsylvania medical release bill

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FAMM, ACLU and Dream Corps JUSTICE encourage calls to Senators in support of EQUAL Act

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FAMM releases statement on nominations to the U.S. Sentencing Commission

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