Federal Sentencing Tips

May

Home Detention and/or Compassionate Release Due to COVID-19 Concerns

I am writing to inform you about legal programs your clients may want to pursue to reduce their sentences or at least spend the remainder of their sentences at home rather than in a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facility. These types of relief have traditionally been hard to obtain, but I want you to know about them and the steps you and/or your clients can take to start the process of qualifying. Further, over the past several weeks, the BOP has issued its own internal memoranda and litigation has prompted varied responses by BOP staff and government attorneys. Our office closely monitors any changes in an attempt to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information. Please note: violent and sex offenders do not qualify for home confinement under the Attorney General Barr’s March 26 and April 3 memoranda to the BOP. Finally, if they are not over 60, they don’t qualify for programs available for elderly offenders.

Click to read the full COVID-19 memo.

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About Alan Ellis
Alan Ellis is a criminal defense lawyer with offices in San Francisco and New York, with 50 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of federal plea bargaining, sentencing, prison matters, appeals, habeas corpus 2255 motions and international criminal law.

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