Prepare for Best Outcomes
If you’ve been charged with a crime, if you’re going into the prison system, or if you have a loved one in prison, then skills in self-advocacy will empower you. We can help.
Complete your due diligence on our team at Prison Professors and you’ll learn why and how we can help you begin to develop an effective advocacy campaign. All members of our team have been through the prison system. We know how to navigate the system successfully. Although no one can guarantee what the Bureau of Prisons, the federal courts, the legislature, or the Executive branch of government will do, we can work together to coordinate a strategy that puts you on the path for best outcomes.
Participate in our do-it-yourself advocacy course for guidance on how to:
- Document strategies to work toward the outcome you want,
- Develop tactics and tools to succeed, with templates and case studies to help,
- Create accountability metrics to measure progress.
When authorities charge a person with a crime, everything changes. In the eyes of authorities, the criminal charge transitions the person from being a human being to being a defendant, or an inmate. A person will have a lawyer to represent him or her through:
- An arraignment,
- Plea negotiations,
- Presentence Investigation,
- Sentencing, and
Yet after the judicial proceedings conclude, that individual will no longer have access to an attorney. The individual may hire post-conviction counsel to guide or assist when problems surface. Yet if he or she is locked inside the prison system, access to counsel will be far more restricted.
Learn How to Advocate:
Every person that goes into the prison system will face challenges. For example, as we write this document, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. Conditions have gotten bad for people living in confinement, just as conditions have become difficult for people in the broader community. Authorities are transferring some people to serve the remainder of their sentences on home confinement.
- How does a person in jail or prison make a case to show that home confinement is appropriate?
While in prison, staff members or authority figures frequently have discretion on how to administer justice. The more a person understands the system, the better positioned a person becomes to advocate on his or her own behalf to get the outcome he or she wants.
We like to use an analogy about planting an oak tree. The question: When is the best time to plant an oak tree? The answer is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
Using lessons from our advocacy course, a person should begin to plant seeds early for the outcome he or she wants.
- Build a record that will make you (or your loved one) a better candidate for relief.
- Document a strategy that you or your loved ones will follow.
- Create tools and tactics to help you accomplish your objective.
- Build accountability logs to measure progress along the way.
Each member of our team used those strategies to grow through challenging times in prisons of every security level. We continue to rely upon such strategies to launch successful careers upon release. We do not ask anyone to do anything that we did not do while in prison, and that we’re not still doing today.
Do not wait for the system to change your life. Use effective self-advocacy techniques to work toward the outcome you want.
Time is of the essence if you have a loved one in prison.
Although staff members may practice social distancing, the science shows that they may also carry the Covid-19 virus without showing any symptoms. They can bring that virus into the prison, where people are vulnerable.
- People in prison cannot move around freely.
- People in prison cannot practice social distancing.
- People in prison may not be able to take all precautions recommended by the CDC.
The Attorney General of the United States has directed the Bureau of Prisons to transfer people to home confinement. Yet a person may not know steps to take that will make him or her a better candidate for the transfer.
People going into the system should work hard to prepare themselves to become better candidates for relief. Think about creating self-advocacy campaigns as early as possible.
Although no one can guarantee relief, our team guarantees that we will teach the strategies that we used effectively to advocate for better outcomes in our cases, and in the case of people with whom we’ve worked.
Our podcast, Youtube channel, and articles show the ways that we’ve used self-advocacy to overcome challenges. Anyone can use these same techniques to work toward the outcome they want to pursue. Those who do not have the time or energy to launch comprehensive advocacy strategies may choose to hire our team to work toward the outcomes they want.
Prison to Home Confinement: COVID 19
The Attorney General of the United States issued a series of Memorandums in response to COVID-19. Those Memorandums invoke the CARES act, which authorizes the Bureau of Prisons to transfer people from federal prison to home confinement.
As advocates, we have to live in the world as it exists, not as we want it to be. But where does one start? How does a person advocate for himself?
Through our DIY advocacy course, you will receive templates and videos that help you understand what people are doing in different jurisdictions across the country. You will learn:
- What is an administrative remedy process and how does it apply to my loved one in prison?
- What is a Section 2241 Motion and how does it apply to my loved one in prison?
- What is a Section 3582 Motion and how does it apply to my loved one in prison?
- How do I build a case to show why home confinement is appropriate in this instance?
- What is a commutation or Executive Clemency petition and how do I use it for my loved one in prison?
Our do-it-yourself advocacy course will provide you with answers to those questions. You will also see samples of how to complete appropriate paperwork, and how to file the paperwork with the appropriate authorities.
Preparing for Sentencing or Resentencing
If you’re facing a sentencing hearing, you should prepare to advocate on your own behalf. Your attorney will not know how or why to build a case showing why you’re worthy of leniency, or mercy. Without a personal advocacy package, you limit your attorney to arguing the law. But the law is not always friendly to people who do not know how to advocate on their own behalf.
Learn how to build a stronger case for yourself. Help your judge understand what you’ve learned about the process. Help your judge get a good understanding of how you’ve worked to make things right. Show your judge the affirmative steps you’ve taken to live as a law-abiding, contributing citizen.
Do not wait until the sentencing hearing to prepare. Begin your preparations for a lower sentence today.
Administrative Relief or Habeas Corpus
The administrative remedy process in prison allows people to seek relief from grievances. A person in prison will not have access to an attorney when preparing the paperwork to seek relief. Instead, the person will need to understand the process to request administrative relief.
In federal prison, a person will need to go through the process of filing a BP-8, a BP-9, a BP-10, and a BP-11. Learn the specific rules for filing such documents. Then, if you do not receive the relief you request, learn how to take the next steps by seeking relief from a federal judge.
If you do not understand the process, you cannot get the relief you want. Part of the process requires a person to build an extensive record. Our course will show you how.
Restoring Your Reputation
Don’t let a criminal charge or conviction define the rest of your life. Learn how you can take affirmative steps to recalibrate your life and restore your reputation.
The pathway begins with a coherent strategy for self-advocacy. First, you must define success. Then, you must create a plan. With your plan, you must identify priorities. Then, you must execute your plan every day.
This seems simple enough. Yet few people that go into the prison system understand how such a process can help them through the journey. More importantly, they do not know what options are available. Instead, many people go into the system expecting “the system” to offer them guidance.
But the system is not designed to offer guidance. It is designed to confine.
A person should not wait for anyone to change his or her life. Rather, a person should:
- Document a strategy that will lead to success.
- Create tools and tactics that lead to success.
- Develop metrics that will lead to measuring progress.
Our advocacy course will help you to differentiate yourself from the vast majority of people who struggle to rebuild their lives after a conviction.
Transferring from one Prison to Another
Authorities don’t always send a person to a prison that is best situated for him or her. What steps can a person take to make a change?
Our do-it-yourself advocacy course will offer options and suggestions. Learn how to advocate for the best outcomes, and get examples of strategies our team or community has used to succeed in getting the outcomes we wanted.
Using the Media to Your Advantage
Learn how to build a record in prison that will lead to success at different stages of the journey. Representatives of the media can be an enormous resource for people who have faced challenges with the criminal justice system. Generating media attention, however, requires work. Learn techniques to build media awareness and grow, as our team has done.