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Diane’s Story: I Moved 180 Degrees on Compassion

Diane has been a part of the FAMMily for years now. She is a tireless advocate for her husband, and she is a source of...
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Compassionate Release Clearinghouse: Damiene Lewis

On April 24, 2020, Damiene Lewis was granted compassionate release and sent home. “That’s a huge blessing,” he says now, from his mother’s home in...
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Jomari DeLeon: Pressured Into a Terrible Decision

Jomari DeLeon made two drug sales over 24 hours, making less than $200. Kingpin? Hardly. Yet this first-time offender was sentenced to 15 years. Even...
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Chris Young: “Barely on the Totem Pole” and Life in Prison

The judge at Chris Young’s trial described his life sentence as “way out of whack.” The absurdity of his punishment is matched, though, by the...
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Gerald Tarboro: A Story of Second Chances

My story is about two second chances. The first is mine – I got one. I spent 11 years in prison, and I was released a little early because of the First Step Act. The other one I want to...Read More
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Issue: Reentry

Compassionate Release Clearinghouse: Ernest Boykin

Ernest Boykin was 41, not halfway through a 15-year sentence in federal prison, and COVID had been hitting prisons hard for months. He had underlying medical conditions that put him at high risk if he contracted the disease, and on...Read More
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Issue: Compassionate Release

Jomari DeLeon: Bajo presión, eligió una decisión terrible

Jomari DeLeon hizo dos ventas de drogas durante el curso de 24 horas, ganando menos que $200. ¿Una reina de droga? De ninguna forma. No obstante, siendo su primer delito fue condenada a 15 años. Ni siquiera el juez quería...Read More
State: Florida
Issue: Sentencing

Clearinghouse para Liberación Compasiva: Damiene Lewis

El 24 de abril, 2020, Damiene Lewis recibió la liberación compasiva y se le envió a su casa. “Eso es una gran bendición,” él dice ahora, desde la casa de su madre en Baton Rouge. Su liberación fue un proceso...Read More
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Issue: Compassionate Release

Success on the Inside: “To Be the Men We Were Taught to Be”

When he was 12 years old, Lee Horton needed help. It was 1977, and he’d just moved to town when he was jumped by a group of boys looking to pick on the new kid. Help arrived in the form...Read More
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State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Clemency

Charles Brown: Moving Forward to Give Back

It doesn’t take a lot these days to make me happy. Being with family makes me smile. Just sitting on my steps, listening to music, watching people go by. Some stop to chat, some say hi, and others simply walk by....Read More
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State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Sentencing

Claire’s Story: Advocacy Starts Small, Then Blossoms

My name is Claire Tate. I am the vice president of the Arizona criminal justice reform nonprofit the S.T.A.R.T. Project (Striving to Achieve Reform Together), one of FAMM’s partners. We are on a mission to band together system-impacted family members...Read More
State: Arizona
Issue: Sentencing

Andrea’s Story: Their Trust Is an Honor

Andrea Davis advocates tirelessly for people in prison and their families with FAMM, Florida Cares, and other groups. She coordinates the efforts of Florida Cares in outreach for school supplies and Christmas gifts for the children of the incarcerated. Here...Read More
State: Florida
Issue: Sentencing

Compassionate Release Clearinghouse: Lynn Reece

Even after 25 years of prison food, Lynn Reece hasn’t forgotten how to cook. Before he got in trouble, he ran a successful restaurant in Houston, The Real Meal. “It was home-cooked dishes. Everything that your mom’s going to prepare...Read More
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Issue: Compassionate Release

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