Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation

Families for Justice Reform

aka FAMM   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.famm.org

Mission

FAMM is the national voice for fair sentencing laws and prison policies. We shine a light on the human face of incarceration, advocate for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilize thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences and harmful prison policies.

Ruling year info

1991

President

Mr. Kevin A. Ring

Main address

1100 H Street NW Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1750246

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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FAMM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws and prison policies. We see a country where incarceration is individualized, humane, and sufficient to impose fair punishment and protect public safety. Our supporters include taxpayers, families, prisoners, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts, and concerned citizens.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Federal Advocacy Program

FAMM challenges federal mandatory sentences by educating Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission about the need to reform our 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 unfair 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.

Population(s) Served

Our state advocacy program focuses on creating momentum for reform in states that have bad prison policies or sentencing laws and are receptive to change. Under the direction of FAMM Vice President of Policy, Molly Gill, we currently operate campaigns in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri, and Texas, while providing technical and public support in a number of other states.

Population(s) Served

FAMM works with the media to publicize the injustices of certain prison policies and mandatory sentencing laws, and shines a light on the human face of incarceration by highlighting the stories of affected people. FAMM members and the public are kept informed on sentencing news through our website and monthly emails. Members can also take action on legislative campaigns through our web-based Justice Now Action Center. In addition to the efforts of our staff, our members throughout the country work together to educate the public and policy makers about sentencing reform.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Federal advocacy goals for the next five years:
1.) Promote reforms to the federal sentencing guidelines.
2.) Promote judicial discretion and individualized sentencing through the federal courts.
3.) Expand federal compassionate release.
4.) Oppose new mandatory minimum proposals and other harmful legislation.
5.) Build support for federal sentencing and prison reform.

State advocacy goals for the next five years:
1.) Secure meaningful sentencing reform in more states.
2.) Expand state compassionate release.
3.) Oppose new mandatory minimum proposals and other harmful legislation.

Communications and public education goals for the next five years:
1.) Expand our digital storytelling and public education efforts.
2.) Promote knowledge and support of FAMM's federal and state reform campaigns.
3.) Enhance our online media presence.

Organizing goals for the next five years:
1.) Build a group of action-oriented advocates equipped and empowered to engage with lawmakers and the public in support of smart sentencing and prison reform.

Federal advocacy strategies:
1.) File amicus briefs to the Supreme Court for cases in which decisions could significantly change or eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing practices.
2.) Work with lobbyists at the federal level to educate lawmakers about the harmful effects of mandatory minimum policies.
3.) Work with organizations and individuals to increase public education and create reform around our broken compassionate release system.
4.) Assist lawmakers in crafting legislation that eliminates mandatory minimum sentencing.
5.) Assist lawmakers in crafting legislation for cost effective, evidence based rehabilitation programs and reentry services.

State Advocacy Strategies:
1.) Work with lobbyists at the state level to educate lawmakers about the harmful effects of mandatory minimum policies.
2.) Mobilize affected families to push the reform movement forward at the state level.
3.) Work with organizations and individuals to increase public education and create reform around our broken compassionate release system.
4.) Assist lawmakers in crafting legislation that eliminates mandatory minimum sentencing.

Communication Strategies:
1.) Create and widely distribute videos and written profiles of prisoners and families that have been impacted by excessive prison sentences.
2.) Educate the public and increase support for sentencing reform by putting a face to the issue.

Organizing Strategies:
1.) Mobilize, inform, communicate, and collaborate with prisoners and their families to achieve change.
2.) Conduct storytelling and advocacy training.
3.) Provide online resources and support through FAMM's Justice Now Action Center.

FAMM's federal and state programs have a proven track record of building support for reform. Our advocacy addresses reform of prison policies, mandatory minimum sentencing laws, amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines, sentencing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state courts.

FAMM has won several significant reforms that have reduced prison sentences for thousands, including the biggest guideline change to date when the U.S. Sentencing Commission lowered all drug sentences by two levels in 2014. We have spearheaded several successful state campaigns, and currently operate full-time campaigns in Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, Missouri, and Texas while providing technical and public support in a number of other states.

FAMM's public education and communications efforts have been integral to this success. Our greatest asset is the personal stories of our members, which have been pivotal in winning the hearts and minds of lawmakers and the public. We anticipate even greater change now that we have begun organizing affected families and individuals through our national FAMM advocates program.

Over the past two and a half decades, FAMM has led campaigns for some of the biggest federal sentencing reforms, beginning with the federal safety valve enacted in 1994, which continues to help thousands of low-level drug offenders avoid excessive mandatory minimum sentences every year.

FAMM was one of the five founding members of Clemency Project 2014 (CP2014), the massive pro bono effort organized to assist the Obama administration's clemency initiative. FAMM helped train attorneys to draft clemency petitions and served on panels that screened petitions. CP2014 submitted more than 2,500 petitions. President Obama granted 1,715 applications for clemency.

In 2016, FAMM released a dynamic new report, “Using Time to Reduce Crime: Federal Prisoner Survey Results Show Ways to Reduce Recidivism." The report includes the findings of the first-ever independent survey of federal prisoners, which focused on the type and quality of educational and vocational training programs, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment, currently available in America's federal prisons.

In 2017, FAMM launched new policy initiatives around prison and parole reform, compassionate release, and state clemency. Moving forward, we will work to engage and mobilize more families and individuals who might be affected by injustices not directly tied to mandatory sentencing and, in doing so, promote broader criminal justice reform.

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2019
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Board chair

Ms. Julie Stewart

FAMM

Term: 2016 -

Julie Stewart

Eric Sterling

Jason Flom

Shon Hopwood

Phil Harvey

Norman Brown

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No