The First Steps in the Right Direction The First Step Act of 2018 now allows federal inmates the opportunity to petition for early release. Prisoners who meet other conditions and struggle with self-care from a serious disease may seek a compassionate release. Case law on early release continues to develop as the statute is new.…

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Compassionate Release if the Government Took No Position Generally, courts are more likely to grant compassionate release petitions when the government took no position. However, defendants still have to show that they meet all requirements. A federal court in Arizona recently demonstrated that one of the most helpful factors for prisoners is the lack of…

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Primarily, prisoners request compassionate release to get out of prison early. However, a recent Ohio federal case shows that a court can also recommend accommodations instead of compassionate release. As a result, sometimes prisons transfer inmates closer to home. Courts Consider Extraordinary and Compelling Reasons for Compassionate Release The First Step Act allows prisoners to…

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Keeping the -mass- out of mass incarceration The United States has the highest mass incarceration rate than anywhere else on the planet. But that’s only half the problem. Although incarceration rates continue to drop, the amount of time served a person must serve continues to grow. Approximately 200,000 individuals are serving a life sentence or…

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First Step Act Compassionate Release

The recent passage of the First Step Act provides a small number of benefits to a small number of federal prisoners. One provision within the Act, however, might turn out to be quite significant. Criminal The criminal justice reform organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) released a four-page document entitled “Compassionate Release and the First…

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