Prison Tips

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

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 ...

Sep

RDAP is the only BOP program through which federal prisoners can earn a sentence reduction.  To qualify for RDAP, one must, inter alia, have at least 24 months or more remaining to serve; present a verifiable, documented pattern of substance abuse or dependence within the 12-month period preceding arrest on the underlying ...

Sep

Click for the PDF version of this article. The process of designating a facility for service of a federal sentence has become more complex and involved. Previously, an inmate was assigned a security level and a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facility with a corresponding security level was identified and designated. Now, however, in addition to receiving a security level, each ...

Jul

  It is important for defense counsel to make sure that the Presentence Investigation Report (PSR) adequately documents any drug abuse or dependency (illegal or prescription) or alcohol problem. Unless a client’s substance abuse is adequately documented in the PSR, he or she may not qualify for the BOP’s Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), and will not get the chance to ...

Mar

Ensure Your Client Serves Time in the Best Facility Once a defense attorney understands how the system works, there are four things he or she can do to ensure that a client serves time in the best possible facility. Ensure the accuracy of the information on which the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will rely to make its designation decision. Score the client and ...

Feb

In the criminal justice system, approximately 94 percent of all federal criminal defendants plead guilty. Seventy-five percent of the remaining individuals who proceed to trial are convicted. There is, therefore, a 97 percent chance that a person charged with a federal crime will ultimately face a judge for purposes of sentencing. For most individuals “How much time am I going ...

Oct

By Alan Ellis, Todd Bussert, and J. Michael Henderson Approximately 94 percent of all federal criminal defendants plead guilty. Seventy-five percent of individuals who proceed to trial are convicted. Accordingly, there is a 97 percent chance that a person charged with a federal crime will ultimately face a judge for purposes of sentencing. For most, "How much time an I going ...

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