FAMM.org: “Speaking Out and Breaking a Vicious Cycle”

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is a USA nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. founded in 1991 to challenge what are believed to be inflexible and excessive penalties required by mandatory sentencing laws. FAMM seeks to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping communities safe.

As part of FAMM’s advocacy work, the nonprofit shares stories from prisoners and their family members. The following is an excerpt from Anyé Young; teen author and advocate for children with incarcerated parents.

“My name is Anyé Young and I am the child of a prisoner. I was born in Greensboro, N.C., and now live in the Washington, D.C., metro area. I am currently 17 years old, a graduating senior in high school, and an honor student. On Father’s Day, June 2018, I self-published my first book, Teen Guide to Living With Incarcerated Parents (#TGLWIP). That summer, I was 16 and my father still had six years remaining on his 12-year prison sentence.”

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