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

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FAMM 25: How It All Began
At FAMM's 25th anniversary, president and founder Julie Stewart reflects on the day she knew she had to start FAMM.
Experts Our Work | Mandatory Minimums
FAMM Fights for Drug-Free School Zone Law
On February 5, 2018, FAMM hosted a panel in Nashville to highlight Tennessee’s drug-free school zone law, which costs the state millions to lock up low-level drug offenders. Tennessee State Representative Tilman Goins spoke about the reform legislation he is sponsoring, and the panel featured Julia Warren from Right on Crime; Lauren Krisai from Justice Action Network, and two families whose loved ones have been sentenced under this law—Joi Davis, wife of Terrance Davis, and Buel Moore, father of Sara Moore. Kevin Ring, President of FAMM, moderated.
Experts Our Work | Drug-free school zone law
The Need to Reform Missouri’s Mandatory Sentences
Conservative voices speak out on sentencing reform, including Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform), Greg Glod (Right on Crime), Vikrant Reddy (Charles Koch Institute), Pat Nolan (American Conservative Union Foundation), Jason Pye (Freedom Works), David Keene (American Conservative Union), Arthur Rizer (R Street), and Greg Newburn (FAMM).
Experts Our Work | State
Girlfriend Helped Drug Dealer Boyfriend, Got Slammed With 10 Years in Prison
Jacquale Clark received a lengthy mandatory minimum sentence for the help she gave her drug-dealing boyfriend.
Our Work Profiles | Mandatory Minimums
Sober and Stuck in Prison
He got sober and had turned his life around in a big way. But at sentencing, the judge couldn't take any of that into account. Now Jeff Woods sits in federal prison for years.
Our Work Profiles | Mandatory Minimums
“I Am Not a Kingpin”
Three women share how harsh mandatory minimum sentences have impacted their lives.
Experts Profiles | Mandatory Minimums
Repeal, Don’t Celebrate, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986
It's been over 30 years. Time to fix what isn't working.
Experts Explainers | Sentencing
FAMM FACTS: Federal Drug Traffickers Overwhelming Nonviolent
Get the facts.
Explainers Our Work | Federal
Using Time to Reduce Crime
Prisoners spoke. We listened. Here is a video summary of the results from the first-ever federal prisoner survey.
Experts Our Work | Reentry
FAMM is working in your state!
This year, FAMM is working in more states than ever before. We're changing drug sentencing laws, convincing lawmakers not to create mandatory minimum sentences, and so much more.
Featured | State
How It Feels to Have Your Life Sentence Commuted
Evans Ray was 12 years into a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense when he received clemency. In this short video, he describes the way it felt when he heard the news.
Profiles | Clemency
Frenemies for Sentencing Reform!
In Maryland, Republican Senator Michael Hough and Democrat Delegate Erek Barron have more in common than you might think. Despite their partisan differences, the two have come together to support one important issue: sentencing reform.
Our Work | Sentencing
Time Sensitive: A Compassionate Release Story
Compassionate release is denied to most who apply, despite rising health care costs in prison and the human dignity that aging prisoners deserve.
Our Work | Compassionate Release
Nobody Cared: A Compassionate Release Story
What is compassionate release? For the Rossin family, it was a last chance.
Our Work | Compassionate Release
Tim Heaphy: How Conspiracy Laws Work
Watch former federal prosecutor Tim Heaphy explain how conspiracy laws works.
Experts | Sentencing
“I know exactly what they mean.”
Debi Campbell has seen our work from both sides—as a federal prisoner sentenced to almost two decades for a nonviolent drug offense, and as an advocate for reform with FAMM.
Experts | Mandatory Minimums
Shocker: Who Really Sends People to Prison for Extreme Sentences?
Turns out a lot of judges hate mandatory minimum sentences as much as defendants do. You might be surprised at what they have to say about the issue.
Explainers | Sentencing
What Is Compassionate Release?
What is compassionate release? Can any prisoner apply? And what does it mean for taxpayers? Watch this quick explainer to learn more.
Explainers | Compassionate Release
Marijuana Sends First-Time Offender to Prison for 55 Years
Weldon Angelos, a first-time, low-level offender, was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison under mandatory sentencing laws created by Congress. In May of 2016, after receiving a reduction in sentence, Weldon returned home to his family.
Profiles | Mandatory Minimums
Judge’s Hands Are Tied, Calls Case the “Poster Child” Against Mandatory Minimums
The judge had no choice but to sentence Robyn Hamilton to a lengthy and unjust sentence.
Profiles | Mandatory Minimums