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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

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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Home Confinement, the CARES Act, and the OLC Memo: Keep Them Home!

At this moment, thousands of people safely completing their sentences at home are living in fear that they’ll be sent back to federal prison through...
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When Addiction Leads to 30 Years Behind Bars

“I am not saying that I am innocent. I did some really foolish things and failed to reach out for help for my addiction. I...
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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 mourns the loss of esteemed Board Member and philanthropist Philip Harvey

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FAMM releases statement following Gov. Lee’s announcement of potential clemency for those serving drug-free school zone sentences

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FAMM releases report on need for second chances in Pennsylvania’s prisons

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FAMM urges Attorney General Garland to clear up confusion around OLC Memo on CARES Act Home Confinement

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