About FAMM: Mission & Strategy




Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1991 to challenge inflexible and excessive penalties required by mandatory sentencing laws. FAMM promotes sentencing policies that give judges the discretion to distinguish between defendants and sentence them according to their role in the offense, seriousness of the offense and potential for rehabilitation. FAMM's 25,000 members include prisoners and their families, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens. FAMM does not argue that crime should go unpunished - but the punishment must fit the crime.


FAMM helped lead the fight to Free Kemba Smith before her petition for clemency was signed by President Clinton.  She was released from federal prison on December 22,2000.


To find out more about FAMM visit their web site at http://www.famm.org/.