For Families

FAMM was founded more than 30 years ago by families directly affected by the criminal justice system. When a person is incarcerated, their family suffers, too. Affected families continue to deeply inform our mission to change hearts and minds to make reform a reality.

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    "As a family member, it is so rewarding to have people who can identify with you. Not just sympathize with you, but identify with you. And that's what happens with FAMM."

    Buel Moore

    Father to Sara, who was released after serving a mandatory minimum sentence under a harsh drug-free school zone sentencing law

    Mandy Hug

    Connect With Us

    Social Media

    Our FAMMily is all over social media – we’d love you to join us there! On Facebook, we host three different groups. On our main page, you’ll find information, updates around our issues, and so much you need to know about how to fight for reform for you and your loved one. Our two other Facebook pages are only open to family members and returning citizens. It’s in these groups that you’ll find deep support and care – from people who are going through exactly what you are.

    Monthly Family Zoom Calls

    Every month, FAMM holds FAMMily calls on Zoom. They range from Storytelling Workshops, to Advocacy Trainings, to Policy Updates (state and federal). These calls are open to all, and they are great way to learn about what FAMM is focused on, get to know our staff and each other, hone your super-important advocacy skills, and find and give support to each other. Please join us – you’ll find the links to register in our emails and on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

    Sign Up for Text Messages

    When you need to know, you NEED to know! That's why sometimes FAMM sends you SMS messages about important events or ways you can advocate. If you'd like to sign up to receive texts from us, text FAMM to 40419. And don't worry, we won't send texts very often — just when it's important.


    FAMM, formerly known as Families Against Mandatory Minimums, is a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., with a national reach. Our mission is to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping communities safe.

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    Video Series: Got a Minute?

    “Got a Minute” is a series featuring people who have “walked the walk” in the criminal justice world. Their advice is mostly based on first-hand experience, and is offered to invite people into the FAMM community.

    FAMMily Stories

    Throughout the years we’ve heard, gathered, and shared thousands of stories. They share information, hope, community, perspective, and the knowledge that you are not alone. Further, they show why everyone at FAMM does the work we do.

    Below you'll find stories of incarcerated people and their affected families. More stories can be found under the various issues covered under Our Work. We also regularly add new stories to our blog.