Families Against Mandatory Minimums traveled across the country to host advanced screenings of an award-winning new documentary, “The Sentence.” The film tells the story Cindy Shank, a mother of three, who was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. This intimate portrait of mandatory minimum drug laws’ devastating consequences, captured by Cindy’s brother, follows her and her family over the course of ten years.
FAMM traveled to five cities, often accompanied by the filmmaker and Cindy’s brother, Rudy Valdez, to show the film to affected families, advocates, students, and professors. The purpose was to shed light on why we need to reform mandatory minimum sentences. “The Sentence” premieres on HBO on October 15. FAMM encourages everyone to watch the film and recommend it to policymakers and others interested in reforming sentencing laws.