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Families Against Mandatory Minimums Biography

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“Families Against Mandatory Minimums is the national voice for fair and proportionate sentencing laws. We shine a light on the human face of sentencing, advocate for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilize thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences…

FAMM’s vision is a nation in which sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient but not greater than necessary to impose just punishment, secure public safety, and support successful rehabilitation and reentry.

FAMM’s national membership includes prisoners and their families, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens.”

“About FAMM,” (accessed Nov. 25, 2009)


“FAMM challenges federal mandatory sentences by educating Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission about the need to reform these laws and urging them to pass fair and proportionate sentencing policies. We mobilize thousands of individuals and their families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences by providing a platform for our members to speak out against federal sentencing laws.

Our litigation project provides litigation assistance and pro bono counsel for sentencing issues considered by the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts.”

“What We Do,” (accessed Nov. 25, 2009)

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