Families Against Mandatory Minimums Speaks on Pardons and Incarcerated Millennials
Date:  01-28-2015

The war on drugs is crushing young adults and the pardons process is not helping, either
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) has been a leader in the fight for sentencing reform since 1991, and has been instrumental in getting laws passed that have reduced unfair sentences for thousands of people.

On January 26, FAMM published two articles that let us know that the battle is not over and focused on two areas of reform that need immediate attention.

The first article was a colorful fact sheet that took aim at “one size fits all” prison terms for those convicted of a drug crime. FAMM writes that Millennials have been swept up in America’s war on drugs, noting that in 2012 40 percent of those in federal prison for a drug crime were under the age of 30. A crime based on a marijuana offense accounts for 30 percent of drug convictions, and according to FAMM, the average sentence is nine years. Read Millennials Behind Bars here.

The other article that was published on January 26 was an op ed piece in the New York Times by FAMM’s Founder Julie Stewart. Stewart decries the pardon system as “inherently unfair.” Stewart argues for changes in the pardon process that would make it more transparent, efficient and just. Read Stewart’s New York Times op ed.