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Bipartisan legislation to reform the Elderly Home Detention Pilot Program and Compassionate Release from federal prisons – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Amid the COVID-19 public health pandemic, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, authors of the bipartisan First Step Act, introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the Elderly Home Detention Pilot Program and compassionate release from federal prisons … Elderly offenders, the fastest-growing portion of the prison population, have…

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Clients Who Have Received Clemency through the Trump Administration

The Justice Advocacy Group notes a number of its clients have received pardons and commutations from the Trump Administration. They are listed below in some detail. Portions of the White House Press Secretary’s releases are included (edited for brevity) – and with direct reference to the Press Secretary’s full announcements regarding the clemencies also below….

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Updated News Regarding DOJ/BOP’s Covid-19 Related Emergency Home Confinements

In January of this year the Attorney General’s Deputy Counsel offered current perspective and potential resolution regarding CARES Act authority to BOP and home confinement of inmates – noting 18 U.S.C. § 3624(c)(2) and 18 U.S.C. § 3621(a) and (b); and CARES Act section 12003(b)(2) along with the 2019 National Emergencies Act; and specifically the…

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Recent BOP/DOJ and Congressional Updating Regarding First Step Act [FSA]

Two years after enactment of the First Step Act (12/21/18), the Attorney General recently submitted a progress summary reviewing FSA implementation, the status of recidivism reduction programs/activities, and the still developing ‘Risk & Needs Assessment System’ – also including recidivism data from 2020; and noting advancements to re-entry, substance abuse treatment, home confinement, and compassionate…

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Updated BOP Response to Covid-19

BOP COVID-19 Modified Operations Plan March 2020

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Further FSA Update

Regarding the most recent FSA updates – two issues are initially worth comment: * For earned time credits FSA/BOP note completed ‘days’ of programming and ‘hours’ of programming accumulated, but how many hours constitutes a day remained vague. It’s confirmed that in practice eight hours of programming completed will amount to one day accounted by…

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January 2020 Updates to First Step Act – Earned Credits Programming Still in Development and Not Fully Implemented [Could be Another Year or Two]

As of January 15th 2020 – all BOP inmates will receive assignment for participation in evidence-based recidivism reduction (EBRR) programs and productive activities. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) notes on 1/17/20 that it “continues to make significant progress towards the successful implementation of the First Step Act (FSA)” and “is continuing its work on…

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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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