Prison Tips

Nov

Provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) is a rigorous, residential drug treatment program for U.S. federal prisoners. Each institution's RDAP staff determines eligibility and requires that an inmate has a verifiable documented narcotic drug, prescription drug, or alcohol abuse problem in their Presentence Investigation Report. See the full list of RDAP ...

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 ...

Apr

By Alan Ellis and Mark Allenbaugh Published by The National Trial Lawyers, April 13, 2017. Reprinted with permission. Bureau of Prisons policies are complex and difficult to understand—even defense lawyers find them taxing particularly so when it comes to medical and mental health issues. Clients and families are more often than not lost in the bureaucratic maze of ...

Jan

Alan Ellis and Michael Henderson share the ins and outs of the Bureau of Prison's Pre-Release Program in this article published in Criminal Justice, Winter 2017. Click to read the full article.

Oct

When we last visited the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) reduction in sentence (RIS) program (sometimes erroneously called “compassionate release”), the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) had just blasted the BOP. (See Alan Ellis & EJ Hurst II, Federal BOP Puts a Little Compassion in Its Newest Release Program, 28 Crim. Just., no. 4, Winter 2014, at 41.) ...

Oct

BOP policies are complex and difficult to understand--even defense lawyers find them taxing. Clients and families are more often than not lost in the bureaucratic maze of terminology and regulations, and they turn to their lawyers for explanations. This column consolidates the information from the previous articles and adds new information about how inmates with medical needs will be treated ...

May

By Alan Ellis and J. Michael Henderson INTRODUCTION Pre-release placement refers to the latter stages of a prisoner’s sentence, when the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) begins to prepare the prisoner for reintegration into society through home confinement and/or designation to a halfway house (also known as Residential Reentry Center (RRC), formerly known as Community Corrections Center). The general purpose of pre-release placement ...

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