Well, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. For me, unfortunately it’s always been kind of a depressing holiday. One reason, I’ve always been single. But, the main reason is that when I was a kid, my grandmother’s funeral was held on that day. But, for many others, it’s a day of showing those you care for how much they really mean.Continue reading “Developing Relationships While on the Registry”
It has been a busy week this past week and for the most part, it has been beneficial to inmates, or at least rather to those convicted of felonies.
First, let’s begin out of Michigan. Michigan’s sex offender registry has been in the news a lot in the last few years. In fact, it has been to the U.S. Supreme Court twice. Once, it upheld a decision by the appellate court that parts of the registry were punishment and therefore could not be applied retroactively. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the decision. In another decision, when the state appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, their cert petition was denied.Continue reading “Michigan A.G. States Sex Offender Registry is Punishment”
Before I get into today’s post, I want to remind everybody that if your release date from the BOP is between now and July, we need as many people as possible to file a motion with the court in order to try and get our good time. A few people have already done this and are awaiting rulings. If you are somebody that meets this criteria (release between now and July), again, you can have someone download a sample motion that you can submit to the court in the jurisdiction in which you are presently being held and file it against the warden of your institution. You can download the motion in Microsoft Word by going to this address:Continue reading “The Internet: To Help or Terrorize?”
As we previously mentioned in Wednesday’s post, we were working on a sample motion to submit to the court to try and get your extra good time. Again, this is mainly for people whose scheduled release date is between now and January. Simply fill in the blanks and put the name of your warden as the respondent. If you don’t know your warden’s name, just put Warden, Institution Name.
Anyway, your family can download and print off a copy of a sample form motion and mail it to you. They can download it at:Continue reading “A Look at Release Itself”
One of the main factors of supervised release-that it was not supposed to be punishment at all, but was meant to help the individual reintegrate into society-has largely been forgotten. Yet, it is something that courts should be reminded of, and the petition should explain how any challenged condition impedes this goal. Pointing out the real world consequences of a condition are far more likely to sway any judge than a legal argument, and many judges have modified conditions on this basis alone.Continue reading “How to Petition to Modify Your Conditions of Supervised Release-Part 3”
In challenging conditions already imposed, you must essentially treat this as a reverse sentencing, showing the condition does not comply with the release statute. Courts have broad discretion to impose conditions that are related to one of the following:
(1) the characteristics and nature of the offense;
(2) preventing more crime;
(3) protecting the public; and
(4) providing you needed services or treatment.
With the overwhelming focus on prison, few defendants think about supervised release(and almost no lawyers discuss it with them) until they are about to end their term of imprisonment. Once the conditions they are expected to follow are laid in their hands, and the realization of what they are about to face hits (especially for sex offenders), only then do offender truly think about what they signed up for. If this is you, and you’re despairing about how difficult release may be, all is not lost.Continue reading “How to Petition to Modify Your Supervised Release Conditions”
Well, as you know by now the First Step Act has passed and is now law. The most common question is when will the good time be recalculated? According to one staff member at my institution, he was told that it would begin January 9th. Nothing is for certain yet on how they will do this or even if that is when they will, but it’s the most I’ve got to go on so far. The rest of the implementations, will take up to seven months to develop, possibly up to six months to implement and then the BOP has up to two years to begin the program development. So this will not be a fast process by any means. Continue reading “Investment Tips While Incarcerated”
Richard was released from federal prison earlier in the year. I had a chance to speak with him and ask some questions on what all is required to successfully reintegrate back into society. Below is an excerpt of my interview. Please note that it has been edited for length and clarity. Continue reading “Starting Over: Reentry Tips from a Sex Offender”
Every year, sadly, thousands of veterans are placed through the criminal justice system. Most of their problems may not even be there own, but rather based on issued that stem from their service. I am going to take a break and go personal for a minute. I had a friend named Justin. When I was in elementary school, Justin was two years younger than me, but in my brother’s fourth grade class. He had moved off and when I was a senior in high school, he came back to my town and we actually became really good friends. Continue reading “Helping Our Veterans”