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INSIGHT: The First Step Act – Earned Time Credits on the Horizon

Published on January 9, 2020, “The First Step Act – Earned Time Credits on the Horizon” is the fourth article in a series by Alan Ellis, Mark Allenbaugh and Nellie Klein. The article reviews the new PATTERN risk assessment tool currently being rolled out by the BOP as part of the First Step Act’s recidivism reduction efforts. PATTERN is intended to provide eligible prisoners the opportunity to earn time credits—not to be confused with good conduct time—that can be used for expanded pre-release custody options, such as release to a halfway house or home confinement. The article notes some impediments to full implementation as well as criticism this new tool already is receiving.

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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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