In the News/Media
– 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.
– 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.
– 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:
– 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:
– 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:
– 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:
– Documentary chronicling a JAG client’s experience preparing for sentencing and incarceration:
- Download the Press Kit (see pg. 9)
- Watch the trailer on Hulu (full movie available on Netflix and Amazon Prime)
– 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:
– 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:
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.