Prison Conditions

Sentencing Reform And Corrections Act vs. First Step Act

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The House of Representatives recently passed the so-called “First Step Act,” which is very different from the “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act” that is still bouncing around the Senate. I discussed in a previous article, the many details of the House’s “First Step Act” (First Step). Let’s take a closer look at the debate. Some…

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Federal Prison Oversight Hearing Much Ado About Nothing

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On Wednesday, December, 13, 2017, the House Oversight Committee held a 2.5 hr long federal prison oversight hearing.  Many prisoners and their family members had hoped this hearing would hold the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) accountable for its recent decision to reduce or cancel federal halfway house placements for many prisoners. But the hearing,…

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Federal Halfway House Closings: UPDATE

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I previously wrote about the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) decision to close several halfway houses. Since that article in October 2017, I have obtained a couple of new BOP memorandums that shed additional light about the federal halfway house closings. I. October 10, 2017 – Memo About Federal Halfway House Closings On October 10,…

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Federal Halfway House – Everything You Need To Know

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Over the past several weeks, I have received numerous e-mails and calls from different individuals concerning federal halfway house placements that have been reduced significantly—or denied entirely—by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”). What is going on? A variety of things, it seems. I.  Federal Halfway House – A Brief Overview The BOP has long…

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2017 Budget Gives Over $7 Billion To Federal Prison System

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President Trump has signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, commonly known as the 2017 budget. The bill funds the federal government until the end of September 2017. In most businesses, the “fiscal year” runs from January 1 to December 31. However, the fiscal year for the federal government is from October 1…

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Leavenworth Guard Busted For Bringing Contraband In

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Marc Buckner, a federal prison guard at USP Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas has plead guilty to accepting bribes from inmates. Buckner had been bringing contraband into the federal prison he worked. Buckner started working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1995. He was arrested in March 2014 by the FBI after tobacco, rolling papers,…

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