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DOJ Announces Release of Inmates Under First Step Act and Publishes FSA ‘Risks and Needs Assessment System’

The Department of Justice announced on 7/19/19 with regards to the First Step Act (FSA) that over 3,100 federal inmates are being released, prioritization of resources fully funding FSA have been secured, and the awaited publication of FSA’s ‘Risk and Needs Assessment System’ (RNAS) is completed and now available. Rehabilitative programming and earned time credits…

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Elderly Offender Home Detention / First Step Act / Compassionate Release

BOP issued a revised Compassionate Release program statement in January 2019 regarding elderly offender home confinement and recent considerations of the First Step Act. Programs are expanding for both elderly and terminally ill inmates better suited for home confinement – either lower risk level/lower needs – or terminal illness and Compassionate Release Sentence Reduction. Statutory…

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Recent BOP Revisions to RDAP Policies

The BOP has revised aspects of their Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) as published in the Federal Register and set to become policy on May 26, 2016. Criteria prohibiting early release for specific offenses like firearm possession have unfortunately remained in place, but previous criteria for prior such convictions precluding an individual’s eligibility for early…

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Justice Advocacy Group Staff Highlight

The Justice Advocacy Group prides itself on having the right individuals on staff contributing to a project’s goals and ideal end result. Ivy Woolf Turk joining our firm has proven quite valuable, especially to female clients heading into the federal system. Ivy’s breadth of knowledge regarding female federal institutions is thorough and the benefit to…

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Bipartisan Effort to Reduce the Federal Prison Population

Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced they will seek reductions in the number of federal prisoners and the substantial associated costs of incarceration, while additionally seeking to build upon programs designed to ease recidivism. Their proposed legislation compliments other bills recently introduced in Congress intended to reduce the federal prison population via…

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U.S.S.C. Proposes Amendments to Fraud Related Guidelines

The United States Sentencing Commission recently voted to publish proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines including significant revisions to areas governing fraud. The Commission also proposes an amendment to reflect the Drug Enforcement Agency’s rescheduling of hydrocodone. These amendments are preliminary proposals put forward for public comment. Subsequent to that period which runs through…

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Former U.S. Representatives Announce Task Force on Federal Corrections

Former Congressional Representatives J.C. Watts and Alan Mollohan have established the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections – a nine member blue ribbon panel with a Congressional mandate to review challenges in the federal corrections system and identify practical policy responses. Charles Colson of Watergate era notoriety has been active in building faith-based prison…

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Justice Advocacy Group is Pleased to Announce it has Partnered with MCM Data Consulting

MCM Data Consulting is the culmination of a decade of experience analyzing federal sentencing data maintained by the United States Sentencing Commission (U.S.S.C.). Utilizing this U.S.S.C. data, MCM Data Consulting prepares analyses for defense attorneys to ensure that an individual’s recommended sentence is in line with sentences imposed on similarly-situated individuals. The U.S.S.C. data contains…

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U.S.S.C. / Drug Sentence Reductions

Press release from the United States Sentencing Commission announcing latest drug sentence reduction amendments to guidelines as retroactive.  46,290 inmates eligible to have cases reviewed by the courts.  Average sentence reduction potentially up to two years.  Criteria based on public safety factors and general appropriateness.  Courts begin hearing individual petitions in November 2014: U.S.S.C. / Unanimously…

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Federal Prosecutions

The experience of this particular client offers pertinent insights into corporate related considerations regarding federal prosecutions: What Every White Collar Executive Needs to Know A sitting Federal Judge comments frankly and insightfully on the nature of many federal prosecutions and their plea bargaining methods: Why Innocent People Plead Guilty

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