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FAMM VIDEO visually presents the stories of those most affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.

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Florida’s Prison Crisis
Laurette Philipsen spent 8 1/2 years at Lowell Correctional Institution in Marion County, Florida. She shares her experiences about what she saw.
Explainers | State
Sandra Avery: A Second Chance
Sandra Avery received a life sentence after she was convicted for drug conspiracy on her husband’s charges. Fortunately, clemency has righted this particular wrong, and Sandra, now sober and hopeful, has a second chance.
Profiles | Sentencing
Quentin Burt Was Granted Compassionate Release
Quentin Burt was granted compassionate release after 30 years in federal prison. Everyone at FAMM is so happy for Quentin and Pam. We believe that everyone deserves a #secondchance.
Profiles | Compassionate Release
Voices of The Pandemic
The largest outbreaks of the coronavirus have been in correctional facilities. We hear the voices of prisoners locked behind bars while covid-19 spreads inside.
Our Work | Federal
Why A Second Look
SUPPORT THE DC SECOND LOOK ACT. People change and our laws need to reflect that. Tell the DC City Council that you support second chances.
Profiles | Mandatory Minimums
Everyone Deserves A Second Look
We've all heard about overly-harsh sentences, but what can be done? Second Look laws offer a way to re-evaluate a sentence and assess how much a person has changed, after ten years. Well-known former prisoners speak out on what they've done with their lives since their release: Shon Hopwood, Norman Brown, Matthew Charles and Stephanie Nodd.
Explainers | Sentencing
Empower, Advocate, Win
At FAMM's 2019 conference in Tampa, Florida, more than 150 families came together to learn how to "empower, advocate, win" in the fight for criminal justice reform. Featured speakers: Kevin Ring, President of FAMM; Desmond Meade, President of Florida Restoration Rights Coalition; Rudy Valdez, director of "The Sentence," Cindy Shank, advocate and subject of "The Sentence," and Matthew Charles, advocate and returning citizen.
Our Work | Sentencing
Half Of Us
The shocking statistic about incarceration in America that lies hidden in daily life.
Explainers | Federal
Telling Stories, Taking Action
Once upon a time people affected by our broken criminal justice system kept their suffering inside. Mothers, kids, fathers, brothers and sisters—they didn’t tell anyone what was going on. But then they started speaking up. They started talking about their experiences in having a loved one in prison. They started telling the truth. They told their stories. And their stories made people see that reform was necessary, and change started happening. This is FAMM Storytelling. Tell your story and help us make reform a reality.
Our Work | Sentencing
Retroactivity Stories: Florida’s Erik Weyant
Kerry Weyant’s son, Erik, was sentenced in 2007 to a mandatory minimum 20 years in prison for firing warning shots in Polk County, Florida. Erik’s unjust sentence prompted Florida lawmakers to eliminate the mandatory minimum for aggravated assault with a gun, which was Erik’s charge —but the change was not retroactive. Following voter approval of Amendment 11, which removed Florida’s constitutional ban on retroactive sentencing reform, the Florida legislature has the opportunity to make this sentencing correction retroactive. Doing so would free Erik Weyant, who has now served 12 years, as well as many others who received excessive sentences.
Our Work Profiles | State
Matthew Charles: First Step, Second Chance
Matthew Charles, sent back to prison after being released due to prosecutors appealing his sentence reductions, was the first prisoner released under the First Step Act. Since, Charles has become an advocate for smart criminal justice reforms at every level. This bipartisan bill, passed by Congress and supported by President Trump, is seen as the early steps toward a true criminal justice system reform. His good friend, Naomi Tharpe, talks about what it's like to have a loved one incarcerated and how to remain hopeful.
Our Work | Sentencing
Boots on the Ground
Find out how you can make a difference in criminal justice reform and become one of the "boots on the ground."
Our Work | State
FAMM States Work in 2019
Molly Gill, Vice President of Policy for FAMM, talks about the plans for criminal justice reform in 2019.
Our Work | State
Matthew Davis: A Prayer for Compassion
Matthew Davis is an incarcerated veteran with heart problems. Now 68 years old, he has earned a theology degree and has a prison ministry--but on the two occasions that he applied for compassionate release, he was denied. What will happen the third time?
Our Work | Compassionate Release
Veda Ajamu: Warrior for Justice
Follow the journey of Veda Ajamu as she moves from shock to determination in her battle to free her brother from prison. Today Ajamu is a dedicated advocate of prison and sentencing reform.
Profiles | Mandatory Minimums
I Want to Be That Voice
Two families advocate for the reform of the drug-free school zone law that gave their loved ones an excessive mandatory minimum sentence.
Profiles | Drug-free school zone law
Compassionate Release: Not a Right or Left Issue
FAMM's bipartisan collection of prominent voices speaking in support of compassionate release for sick and elderly prisoners.
Experts | Compassionate Release
No Ordinary Defendant: The Tragic Story of Michael Giles
Giles, who bravely served his country, will be nearly 50 years old when he is released from prison if he doesn’t receive some form of relief.
Profiles | Mandatory Minimums
Kevin Ring Welcomes Advocates to Rally
Our "Families for Justice Reform NOW" Rally brought together families and advocates from all over the nation and across the political spectrum. Families need relief from the burden that is the broken justice system, and they #cantwait any longer for reform.
Our Work | Mandatory Minimums
Sentenced to Die in There
Watch the story of Evans Ray, a Washington, D.C. native who served 12 years of a mandatory minimum life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense before receiving clemency from President Obama in 2016.
Our Work Profiles | Mandatory Minimums