In fall of 2019, authorities let Branden know that a government investigation into a company he cofounded would likely lead to criminal charges. The charges made him feel indignant. From his perspective, he did not have knowledge that his cofounders had initiated policies that violated the … [Read more...] about Sentence Mitigation Story: Branden Coluccio
At Prison Professor, we frequently work with individuals who have misperceptions about the prison system. Since they don’t have a previous history of confinement, and they don’t know others who’ve been confined, they don’t have a realistic understanding of what to expect. If they don’t know what’s … [Read more...] about Best Federal Prisons to Serve Time: Learn Custody Scores in BOP
Case Study from Federal Court Schedule a Consultation Case Study: Jerry Lundergan Sentencing If you want to know what happens at a sentencing hearing in federal court, you may want to consider the following case study from Jerry Lundergan’s sentencing hearing on July 16, 2020. I attended … [Read more...] about What Happens at a Sentencing Hearing?
Another federal judge has found that the criteria for compassionate release, contained in the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, is inconsistent with the statutory changes made by the First Step Act. Yesterday, Federal Judge Sim Lake reduced Arturo Cantu-Rivera’s prior sentence of two concurrent … [Read more...] about Compassionate Release
I recently posted about my new law review article called Second Looks & Second Chances, and the argument that federal district court judges may use the compassionate release, as amended by the First Step Act, to give second looks in individual cases and then reduce the sentences … [Read more...] about Federal District Court Judge uses compassionate release as a second look resentencing provision
There is a viable argument for why federal district court judges can use the compassionate release statute, as amended by the First Step Act, as a second look provision to reduce a sentence for people in federal prison if “extraordinary and compelling reasons” are present. Over the weekend, I posted … [Read more...] about Compassionate Release
The criminal justice system has a tendency of decimating hope for people that are going through the system. That’s why it is so crucial to highlight success stories. We can see that success in our friend and partner, Shon Hopwood. Best Possible Outcomes On April 1, 2019, President Trump … [Read more...] about President Trump Congratulates Shon Hopwood
Our partner, Justin Paperny, has brought considerable attention to the importance of preparation. Unfortunately, many people go into the criminal justice system blindly. Since they’ve never been involved with the system previously, they don’t know what steps they can take to begin preparing for best … [Read more...] about Preparing for Early Release