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A Lifetime of Remorse and Service to Others

Too many people in Pennsylvania are serving long prison terms that don’t make communities safer. There are plenty of people locked up like David Mandeville,...
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“A Good Man!” When Sentencing Enhancements Add 45 Years

“My roots weren’t strong, and when the storms of life came, I couldn’t hold on,” says Charles Scott, currently serving more than 51 years in...
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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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Keep Them Home: Shari’s 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 issued in the final days of the Trump...Read More
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Issue: Clemency

Keep Them Home: David’s 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 issued in the final days of the Trump...Read More
State:
Issue: Clemency

Keep Them Home: Paulette’s 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 issued in the final days of the Trump...Read More
State:
Issue: Clemency

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 no fault of their own. A memo issued in the final days of the Trump...Read More
State:
Issue: Clemency

Behind Bars and Starving to Death: The Urgent Need for Medical Parole

What happens when someone in prison gets very sick and there is no mechanism in place for the system to allow for compassion? That’s the situation that Joseph Palmer and his family are in right now. They – and many...Read More
State: Pennsylvania
Issue: Compassionate Release

If the Law Is Wrong Now, It Was Wrong Then: The Case for First Step Act Retroactivity

The First Step Act helped thousands of people get shorter, fairer sentences. But as its name makes clear, it was just a start. Too many people have been left behind simply because of the date they were sentenced. The First...Read More
State:
Issue: Sentencing

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 broke my mother’s heart.” Celeste Blair’s path from childhood trauma to addiction to prison is...Read More
State:
Issue: Sentencing

How an Unloaded BB Gun Got a Teenager 33 Years

15 – Nick Robinson’s age when he was arrested 17 – Nick’s age when he was sent to an adult prison 33 – The number of years of his sentence 28 – How old Nick is now 2037 – The...Read More
State: Virginia
Issue: Sentencing

My Ah-Ha Moment Around a Tough Topic

Andrea Strong has worked at FAMM practically since day one. She is our Director of Member Services, and over the years she has talked to countless families with loved ones in prison. She knows firsthand the pain of having a...Read More
State:
Issue: Sentencing