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FAMM Praises FWD.us Report on Impact of Incarceration on Family
The report finds that approximately 113 million people have a loved one who has been incarcerated
Washington – FAMM President Kevin Ring issued the following statement in response to the findings of the first-of-its-kind FWD.us report on the impact of incarceration on families in America:
The FWD.us report is both groundbreaking and heartbreaking. We finally have a clear sense of just how many families are touched by incarceration. The question now is: What are we going to do about it?
FAMM is committed to identifying, organizing, and mobilizing directly affected families and individuals to promote commonsense reform. The fact that nearly half of all Americans have had a family member who has been to prison illustrates the scale of the problem. It also highlights the opportunity we have to build a broad coalition in support of criminal justice reform—in red states and blue states.
The families who suffer from prison-first policies are also taxpayers and constituents and voters. It’s time for them to hold their elected representatives accountable and demand change.
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.
FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.
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