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Our nation’s commitment to mass incarceration leaves many collateral consequences. To overcome those consequences, people should develop tools, tactics, and resources that will help them become better self-advocates. All justice-impacted people may want to learn more about why we need reforms to improve the outcomes of America’s criminal justice system and to help end the intergenerational cycles of recidivism, poverty, and homelessness.

Understanding Plea Agreements

NumberTopicAnnotationUpdated
20FSA Policy StatementPolicy Statement on Earned Time Credits
The Bureau of Prisons published a policy statement that governs earned time credits and their application.
11/18/22
19PLRAUnderstand the Prison Litigation Reform Act
The Prison Litigation Reform Act requires people in federal prison to exhaust administrative remedies before they seek assistance in court.
10/19/22
18Congressional SupportHow to Get Congressional Support for Advocacy Efforts
Get a template to help you solicit support from a member of Congress for advocacy efforts.
10/18/22
17How to AdvocateWhat is Effective Advocacy in Federal Prison?
Learn the importance of persistence when engineering an advocacy campaign from federal prison.
10/17/22
16Earned Time Credit MemosThe BOP published Memorandums that may Confuse ETC
The Earned Time Credits in the BOP can lead to people getting out earlier. As of today, the BOP does not have a policy we can review, and the memos can be confusing.
10/15/22
15Pathway to ReformSlow Methodical Plan to Prison Reform
Influencing change in the Bureau of Prisons requires patience and a methodical plan. This article offers suggestions that may help advocacy efforts.
10/13/22
14BOP FormularyBOP Formulary and Healthcare Advocacy
Understand the BOP Formulary, parts 1 and 2 if you’re preparing for a journey through the BOP. Learn how to self-advocate, relying upon outside resources.
09/23/22
13Earned Time Credit AdvocacyEarned Time Credit Advocacy
People in federal prison may qualify for time credits that can reduce their sentence or qualify them for release to home confinement sooner. Learn the process of advocating if things don’t go well.
08/21/22
12Release Plans and AdvocacyWebinar Replay: Release Plans and Advocacy
Improve advocacy efforts by understanding the importance that stakeholders place on release plans.
07/29/22
11DisappointmentCoping with Disappointment as a Justice-Impacted Person
Anyone going through any stage of the criminal justice system will confront disappointment. Learn how to overcome.
07/25/22
10CARES Exception RequestException Request for Home Confinement under CARES
Before submitting a request for an exception to guidelines under the CARES Act, make sure you understand the potential risks and rewards.
07/01/22
9Mitigation ArcUnderstand the Mitigation Arc
Learn how decisions at every stage of the journey can open opportunities for mitigation, and for a better outcome.
6/26/22
8Rule Change on Cares ActRule Change for CARES Act and Reentry
The Attorney General has proposed a new rule that will broaden discretion for the BOP Director. Use this info for advocacy.
6/24/22
7Proposed Rule on Home ConfinementProposed Rule on Home Confinement and CARES Act
The Attorney General proposed a new rule that would grant the Director of the Bureau of Prisons more discretion with home confinement.
6/19/22
6CARES Act MemosGet PDFs of Three BOP Memos pertinent to CARES Act
The Bureau of Prisons released three Memorandums concerning how the agency would respond to the pandemic. These Memorandums relate to transferring people to home confinement.
06/17/22
5Administrative Remedy ProcessLearn about the administrative remedy process in the Bureau of Prisons
The administrative remedy process can be long and cumbersome. To increase chances for relief, make sure that you learn all the steps and deadlines.
06/15/22
4DIY WorkshopLearn about our Self-Advocacy Workshop
In collaboration with our sponsor, we’re creating a do-it-yourself self-advocacy workshop. No one should work harder than the individual to prepare for a successful outcome.
6/15/22
3Making an ImpactSeries of Videos Showing How to Make an Impact
We distribute content to help people in jails and prisons across America. Learn from prison administrators and from people that served time to learn more about the impact we’re making.
6/13/22
2NY Times
Article
Do You Want to Serve Less Time in Prison?
Title of New York Times article that featured the positive experience of one person who went through judicial proceedings and prepared in ways that led to a lower sentence.
6/8/22
1Advocacy in PrisonsTestimonial Messages from CDCR participants
This page includes testimonials from people that teach the Prison Professors curriculum in prisons, and from participants in the program.
6/2/22