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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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Legal Mail Opened Outside Presence Of Inmate May Violate Sixth Amendment

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“Prisoners have a Sixth Amendment right to be present when legal mail related to a criminal matter is inspected,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held. See: Mangiaracina v. Penzone, No. 14-15271 (9th Cir. 2017). Nick Mangiaracina, an Arizona prisoner, sued jail officials after his properly marked legal mail was opened…

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