For Affected Families – FAMM

For Affected Families

“With FAMM, I wrote a letter to Tennessee’s lieutenant governor about how wrong I thought the drug-free school zone law was. I’m not naive: I know perfectly well that he wasn’t going to help [my daughter] Sara herself. But I wanted to tell him how that bad law affected my family, so that maybe he would take a second look at the law. So that no family would have to go through what ours is going through.” — Teresa Moore, Tennessee advocate

Maybe you’re a parent of someone in prison. Or perhaps you’ve been recently released, and even as you struggle with reentry, you want to use your new freedom to fight for change. At FAMM, we know how you feel. We know about the loneliness and the stigma, the frustration at the criminal justice system.

We’re in this together — and together, we have much more power than we do individually. Below, you’ll find tools, resources, and inspiration to navigate your own situation, as well as the power to create real and lasting change in the system.

For more information on FAMM’s advocacy work, visit Our Work.

For Families of Prisoners

Here you’ll find everything from how to find a lawyer to emotional support to ride-sharing to what to expect on prison visiting days. As always, you can give us a call at (202) 822-6700. We’ll try to answer your questions, and if we can’t, we’ll try to point you to someone who can. Also, take a look at our Facebook group and join our lively and important conversation about criminal justice reform.

For Former Prisoners

Reentry can be overwhelming. High expectations can sometimes meet cold reality, and you might find yourself underprepared or lost. Here are some resources that can help.

“When it comes to families, it doesn’t matter where they’re from or what their loved one did to end up behind bars — my pain, you see, is just like their pain. We all need each other to get through this.” — Andrea Strong, former Director of Member Services at FAMM