Prison Tips

Aug

Inmates often say that 99 percent of lawyers don’t know the first thing about the Bureau of Prisons and the 1 percent who do are all doing time themselves. Understanding these practice tips, published in BNA's Bloomberg Law, will decrease the 99 percent number. Read the article here.

Jul

Most lawyers understandably are unable to advise a first-time federal inmate as to what it will be like in prison. In this article, the fourth in a series published in Law360 Expert Analysis newsletter, I interview J. Michael Henderson about key aspects of mental health care and substance abuse treatment in the Bureau of Prisons. Henderson has over 23 years ...

Jul

RDAP is the only BOP program through which federal prisoners can earn ...

Jun

The federal presentence investigation report (PSR) is the document most heavily relied on by a judge in imposing sentence—particularly in those cases where a guilty plea has been entered and the court knows little about the defendant. It also is the document that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) relies on in making designations and placements and many other decisions ...

Apr

Most lawyers are understandably unable to advise a first-time federal inmate as to what it will be like in prison. Rarely do they ever get beyond an attorney visiting room. In this four-part series of articles, we, the co-authors of "Federal Prison Guidebook," with the help of Philip S. Wise, retired Bureau of Prisons assistant director of heath services, offer ...

Mar

Most lawyers are understandably unable to advise a first-time federal inmate as to what it will be like in prison. Rarely do they ever get beyond an attorney visiting room. In this four-part series of articles, we, the co-authors of "Federal Prison Guidebook," with the help of Philip S. Wise, retired Bureau of Prisons assistant director of heath services, offer ...

Nov

This table, prepared by the Federal Defender Program of Chicago in 2001, is a useful predictive tool. It is not an official BOP document and should not be relied on as such. Please note that good time credits do not apply to sentences of one year of less. Click to see the Good Time Credit Calculation Table.

Nov

Attorney Allan Ellis discusses the the four-level scale the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employs in the designation process that seeks to correlate prisoners’ perceived medical needs to resources, both at institutions and in their corresponding communities. Learn more about the criteria the BOP uses to determine how federal inmates are classified into the four medical levels and how community medical ...

Nov

Attorney Alan Ellis and J. Michael Henderson share questions and answers commonly asked when offenders enter the federal prison system. Supplemental information is provided by Phillip S. Wise, retired Bureau of Prisons Assistant Director, Health Services Division. Questions include: Will each offender be placed at a particular federal prison of their choice, and close to their family? If an offender is ...

Oct

For the past two years, in a series for Law360’s White Collar Expert Analysis column, Alan Ellis has interviewed nearly 25 federal judges and reported their views on  effective sentencing advocacy. In this new series, Mr. Ellis will share Bureau of Prison information and practice tips for lawyers and their clients. In addition to highlighting successful tips from his own ...

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