– 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.