Clemency Project 2014

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws We see a country where criminal sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient to impose fair punishment and protect public safety. Our supporters include prisoners and their loved ones, attorneys, judges, concerned citizens and criminal justice experts and professionals.

FAMM has supported prisoners seeking clemency since 2000. We do so for two reasons. Many of our members are people damaged by long mandatory sentences. We make it a priority to gather and tell their stories.  It helps us explain why the policy changes we seek matter. We cannot help but be moved by their plight and that informs our efforts on Capitol Hill, before the Sentencing Commission, and with the Department of Justice.  Clemency changes lives and restores some measure of justice.  We also  use our clemency advocacy in the hope that grants will shine a light on the excesses of sentencing.  Clemency grants should serve as a president's wake-up call to lawmakers to get serious about reform.