– Insights provided by Joel Sickler in the New York Times on the Michael Cohen case (President Trump’s former attorney) – regarding post-sentencing incarceration and prison conditions to be expected – contributed thoughtful perspective to discussion of confinement and environment.

“Michael Cohen’s Prison of Choice…” New York Times, January 22, 2019

“Michael Cohen’s Prison of Choice…” New York Times, January 22, 2019 [PDF]


Justice Advocacy Group involvement in this National Security Agency related case offered good perspective to the Court. Our experience and insight added considerations at sentencing important to the practical implementation of Court intentions. Sentence length, conditions of confinement and security level/facility designation all translate via incarceration to a level of punishment the Court intended (and not just being lost in the system post-sentencing). Family support for productive adjustment and transitioning back to the community upon release is also noted – and remains a vital aspect to successfully completing a term of incarceration while minimizing recidivist concerns.

Reality Winner… NSA Leak Case” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 22, 2018

Reality Winner… Prison Sentence” The Atlantic Journal-Constitution, August 23, 2018


– Informing of security classification variables and likely prison facility assignment (as correlated to offense circumstance and individual background) is important to denote. Even in controversial or high profile cases, custodial sentences should not be cruel or unusual in result, or beyond reasonably intended punishment in the interests of justice. The Court has much to consider at sentencing and should be fully informed of logistics and variables that will shape its custodial implementation.

“‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli pledges to be honest if he gets a break on prison time” Seattle Times, February 28, 2018

“Shkreli Pledges Honesty If He Gets a Break on Prison Time” Bloomberg, February 28, 2018


– Advisement and assistance with regards to home confinement and pre-release can provide clarity and maximum benefit to this constructive stage of incarceration in preparation for a return to the community. Joel Sickler’s explanation to the NY Times regarding this process and its related BOP policy objectives offers clear parameters and priorities. Mr. Sickler remains a leading expert in this process, rarely if ever speaking with the press, yet taking this opportunity to highlight the good reasoning behind the more positive aspects of being returned closer to home through a BOP Residential Re-Entry Center (RRC) for a remaining portion of one’s sentence with a focus on productive transitioning.

“RG to Finish Insider Trading Sentence at his Home” N.Y. Times, January 20, 2016


– JAG involvement in the designation process can be key to the ‘rehabilitative’ goals of incarceration.  Remaining close to home for family support and good adjustment, or addressing medical issues requiring clarification… institutional designation and facility placement is an important part of the work we do:

“Lawyer: Barrett bound for Connecticut prison”, Roger DuPuis, The Times Leader, March 25, 2014


– Detailed JAG assessment of incarceration conditions in the U.S. for the mentally ill contributed significantly to the upholding of a European Court ruling blocking the extradition of Haroon Aswat:

Terror Suspect Cannot be Extradited


– A high profile case in Nevada with very good result demonstrating the effectiveness of JAG working with a defendant’s family, friends and colleagues to develop substantive letters of support for the court:

Judge, Tip Skimmer Legally Blind


– Comprehensively prepared JAG documentation provided to British Courts weighed heavily on decisions to not approve extradition for an individual suffering from a mild form of autism:

Hacker Gary McKinnon will receive no pity, insists US – Telegraph

Fears Gary McKinnon Could Become Suicidal if Jailed in US


– Documentary chronicling a JAG client’s experience preparing for sentencing and incarceration:

Unraveled, Marc H. Simon, Showtime, April 13, 2012


– A case where JAG assistance provided positive impact for clients.  Working toward good adjustment to a period of incarceration while taking into account a client’s individual circumstances is a vital component of effecting decisions that will be made:

“For the Elite, Easing the Way to Prison.” Alex Kuczynski, New York Times, December 9, 2001.


– Alternatives to incarceration are extremely important.  JAG works toward achieving a community service sentencing option for the court (rather than jail time) when applicable to a particular case:

“Alternatives to Jail Can be Hard Labor or Stroll in the Park,” Robert F. Worth, New York Times, July 6, 2002.


Contributor, “What’s Left of Lay and Skilling Wealth Is at Risk”, John R. Emshwiller & Gary McWilliams, Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2006.

Panel Member, American Bar Association Television Debate, “Bias in Sentencing,” Inside the Law with Jack Ford, Chief Legal Correspondent, NBC News, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, April 26, 1996.