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Federal District Court Judge uses compassionate release as a second look resentencing provision

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 in those cases. Last week, a federal district court in the Southern District of Texas used compassionate release for just this purpose.

A Second Look at a Second Chance: Seeking a Sentence Reduction under the Compassionate Release Statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), as Amended by the First Step Act

There is a viable argument for why federal district court judges can reduce a sentence for people in federal prison if “extraordinary and compelling reasons” are present, even if those reasons have nothing to do with medical, age, or family issues.

Preparing for Early Release

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...

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