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FAMM’s Accomplishments

At FAMM, we’ve accomplished a lot over 25 years. Since 1991, over 312,000 people have benefited from sentencing reforms championed by FAMM!

Some more of our achievements by the numbers:

FAMM By the Numbers

And more are coming! FAMM has helped secure sentencing reform victories in Oklahoma, Georgia, Maryland, and Florida in recent years and will continue to monitor the impact of those victories.

Thank you FAMM — I’m going home.

Twice since 2011, FAMM and its members have successfully campaigned for the U.S. Sentencing Commission to reduce guideline sentences for drugs—and to make those guideline changes retroactive. In 2011, the Commission voted to make its FSA-conforming amendment retroactive, a policy change that affected 12,000 federal crack-cocaine prisoners. In 2014, after receiving more than 60,000 letters, the Commission voted to make the “All Drugs Minus Two” guideline change apply retroactively, allowing more than 40,000 prisoners to petition for resentencing. While neither of these changes affected mandatory minimum sentences, they are providing relief to prisoners whose sentences fell below the lowest mandatory minimum, in between various mandatory minimum sentences, and above the mandatory minimum. FAMM has already begun to hear from prisoners whose sentences will be reduced or who are heading home to their families.

FAMM has also heard from federal prisoners who have been granted clemency by the President of the United States. Many of these prisoners have been FAMM members since the early days of their incarceration. Thanks to the efforts of Clemency Project 2014 and other dedicated lawyers, hundreds of prisoners received commutations under President Obama. Clemency Project 2014 ended in December 2016.

These are some of the stories of those released from prison early because of FAMM’s work.



FAMM’s work for smart sentencing policies has been recognized by a diverse group of prestigious organizations, including:

  • Certificate of Achievement for Reforming Federal Crack Cocaine Laws from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, 2011
  • The Citizen Activist Award from the Gleitsman Foundation, 2006
  • Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award, 2002
  • Champion of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), 2001
  • Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, 1994