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Prison designation, transfers, disciplinary matters, medical and other problems

Criminal Defense Federal Prison Sentencing Guide

U.S. Sentencing Commission statistics indicate that over 97 percent of federal criminal cases result in a guilty plea.  Over 80 percent of the defendants who go to trial are convicted.  Thus, over 98% of those convicted will be sentenced, with 82.8 percent of those sentenced to a term of imprisonment. For the vast majority of federal criminal defendants, therefore, where they do their time is as important as how much time they’ll do.

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis assists convicted defendants in obtaining designation and placement to the most favorable prison available as close to their home as possible. The firm utilizes the services of former high level Bureau of Prisons staff in attempting to achieve this result.

During their incarceration, inmates often want to be transferred to another prison facility. With the help of our federal prison consultants, the firm attempts to help defendants achieve this goal.

Also while incarcerated, inmates may find themselves in trouble with Bureau of Prisons (BOP) authorities prior to incarceration. The firm counsels these individuals on how to avoid these problems and when this is unavoidable, how to respond to charges that are brought against them.

From time to time inmates experience other problems such as medical issues which have not been adequately treated, sentence computation errors, halfway house placement, and home confinement issues.

See Securing a Favorable Federal Prison Placement

Federal Prison Guidebook Review

Federal Sentencing: The Lowest Sentence, the Best Place, the Earliest Release, Part 1

Federal Sentencing: The Lowest Sentence, the Best Place, the Earliest Release, Part 2

The US Sentencing Commission Votes for Fundamental Fixes to the Sentencing Guidelines

CNBC article that quotes Alan Ellis on The Best Places to Go to Prison 

Federal Prison Practice Tips, Criminal Justice, Volume 27, Number 3, Fall 2012

Looking at the BOPs Amended RDAP Rules, ABA Criminal Justice, Fall 2011 

How To Do Time: Federal Prison Guidebook

BOP Health Care: What You (and Your Clients) Need to Know, ABA Criminal Justice, Winter 2009

Changes to BOP RDAP, The Champion, November 2009 

“Sins and Admissions: Getting into the Top Prisons” The Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2009

“Where Does Bernie Go From Here? Part II With Lawyer Alan Ellis,” The Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2009 

Whether you are a defendant, attorney, inmate, family or friend, The Law Offices of Alan Ellis can provide you with the sentencing, prison or appeal help you need. Contact the firm for a free initial consultation at 415-895-5076 or email us at or fill out our intake form and return to us.

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis specializing In Federal Sentencing, Appeals, 2255 Habeas Corpus