There have been talks since December 21st of last year regarding the government shutdown. Is it the fault of the President and his wall or Nancy and Chuck’s position on not giving anything to get something? Either way, no matter whose at fault, the shutdown is affecting over 800,000 federal employees. What it doesn’t take into account is the millions of others it is affecting as well.Continue reading “Steak and Shrimp and LOTS and LOTS of Lies”
We have a lot to talk about in this week’s newsletter. First off, as we mentioned last week, there was a case in Illinois in which an inmate at a halfway house had filed a 2241 motion trying to get his release from halfway house due to the good time fix. Unfortunately, the court denied him relief. In it, they stated that section 102(b)(2) of the First Step Act states that this subsection will not go into effect until after the Attorney General releases the risk assessment system. Continue reading “PREA, First Step and Other News”
We’ve had several people ask for a breakdown of the First Step Act and so I figured this week I would highlight the portions that would apply to most of us (sex offenders). Thanks to our friend Brandon Sample at www.sentencing.net, he has assisted us with some of these tasks. Below is a simple question and answer that hopefully will assist in answering some of those questions.
We are continuing to monitor any updates on the First Step Act. Some rumors have been going around saying that the Senate passed it on Thursday. To the best of my knowledge, nothing has been voted on yet. In the event anything does happen, we will let you know. The bill must be voted on in the Senate and then sent back to the House to be voted on again and then signed by President Trump before it becomes law. To keep from getting false hopes up, even if the bill passes the Senate, we will let you know in the regular newsletter. However, once it passes both houses and is signed by the President, we will send a special notice. If you would like to keep track of it more closely, feel free to add our friends at Legal Information Systems (LISA Legal) to your contact list. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
While many federal prisoners and their families await the outcome of the First Step Act, many senators are still not on board. According to the executive director of Justice Action Network, Holly Harris, “70 to 80 senators already support the proposal.” One of the holdouts is Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas). Continue reading “Cotton’s Lies Lead to Others Against First Step Act”
Editor’s Note: Last Tuesday, October 2, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Gundy. There were only eight justices who took part in this argument as Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in a few days later. Below is a summary of the arguments. Continue reading “Is Gundy Really Going to Change the Registry?”