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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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One Woman’s Fight for a Second Chance for Her Best Friend

Too many people are serving long prison terms that don’t make us safer, and our laws don’t give them a second chance. Most governors have the authority to shorten excessive prison terms but often fail to use their clemency power...Read More
State: Virginia
Issue: Clemency

Seriously Ill and Locked Up for Stealing 6 DVDs

Too many people in Florida are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer. There are plenty of people locked up like Stephan Stuckey, who do not pose a risk to public safety yet languish in prison for decades,...Read More
State: Florida
Issue: Sentencing

Shouldn’t There Be a Place for Redemption?

Too many people in Pennsylvania are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer. There are plenty of people locked up like Terrell Carter, who do not pose a risk to public safety yet languish in prison for decades...Read More
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Sentencing

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, and a second chance come together …  Read More
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Issue: Reentry

Keep Them Home: Travis’ Story

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 no fault of their own. A memo from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued...Read More
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Issue: Clemency

Success on the Inside: A Man of Faith, Love, and Redemption

AnDreco Lott is serving a prison sentence of more than 92 years. Yet somehow, his life spark hasn’t dimmed. In fact, in the 20 years he’s been inside, his growth has been remarkable.  Read More
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Issue: Sentencing

The Case for Compassionate Release as a Second Look

The compassionate release reform in the First Step Act is being used by some federal judges as a second look authority. The stories here of Jamal, Adam, Lisa, and Devon show why this mechanism makes sense and should be used...Read More
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Issue: Sentencing

Pandemic, Prison, and Pregnancy: Tragedy in the Making for One Family?

In May of 2020 at the height of the pandemic, Andrea High Bear, a pregnant mother of five, was transferred to a federal prison facility. One month later, she died from COVID. A similar story is unfolding right now, that...Read More
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Issue: Clemency

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 won’t come until the ratio is 1:1. Until then, thousands of people, more than 80...Read More
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Issue: Sentencing