The First Step Act’s PATTERN Risk Assessment Tool (Female) 

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Female Pattern Risk Calculator:

Learn if you’re eligible for Earned Time Credits (ETCs). ETCs can lower a person’s release date by up to one year. Additional ETCs may open more access to time in a halfway house or home confinement—overriding limitations that exist with the Second Chance Act.

The Bureau of Prisons published a webpage to show the different violent offenses that do not qualify for Earned Time Credits. This link will show the list of offenses that do not qualify for Earned Time Credits.

The BOP publishes information on the First Step Act. This link will offer insight from the BOP. Our team at Prison Professors will continue to publish updates on what’s going on around the country. 

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How to Use the PATTERN Score Calculator:

To learn eligibility for Earned Time Credits, start by letting us know your gender. Then respond to each question by selecting the appropriate response.

Scroll Down and Answer Each Question:

1. Current Age

LResearchers have shown that as a person ages, the person becomes less likely to engage in criminal behavior. For that reason, age influences the PATTERN score.

2. Violent

When Congress passed the First Step Act, the legislation excluded a series of violent offenses from being eligible for ETC credit under the First Step Act. If you do not have a conviction for any of the offenses on this list, you may advance prospects for liberty.

3. Criminal History Points

The US Federal Sentencing Guidelines includes a table that the US Sentencing Commission created. The vertical scale on the table shows the offense level, and the horizontal scale shows the criminal history score. The presentence investigation report will show what the probation officer recommends as a criminal history, but ultimately, the judge will make a finding on the criminal history score. To learn more, read chapter four of the US Sentencing guidelines.

4. History of Escapes

If your criminal record does not show a history of escapes, then you can select no on this static factor.

5. History of Violence

The PATTERN risk assessment tool, like the Custody and Classification Score, measures the length of time since a documented history of violence. Make the appropriate selection to calculate an accurate score.

6. Education Score

The more a person works to earning academic or vocational credentials, the more evidence a person builds to show that he or she wants to live as a contributing citizen. The PATTERN score improves when a person has earned high school equivalency.

7. Drug Program Status

If the presentence investigation report shows a history of substance abuse, the person becomes eligible for programs that the BOP operates to treat substance abuse. One is the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) and another is the non-residential drug abuse program. Participation in either of these programs will influence the PATTERN score.

8. How many incident reports of any kind have you received over the past 120 months?

In other areas of our website, we’ve covered the importance of avoiding disciplinary infractions. Select the appropriate response below.

10. How much time has passed since the last incident report?

The passing of time after a person gets an incident report will influence the PATTERN score. Select the appropriate response.

11. How much time has passed since the last serious incident report?

The passing of time after a person gets a serious incident report will influence the PATTERN score. Select the appropriate response.

12. Have you refused to participate in the financial responsibility program (FRP)?

In a previous webinar, we emphasized the importance of participating in the FRP program. Please learn more about how this program will influence your journey through prison by watching this webinar.

13. How many programs have you completed

The BOP publishes information on the First Step Act Approved Programs. This link will show the programs that the agency authorizes for Earned Time Credits. We will update this link as more information becomes available. To learn more, we recommend that you subscribe to our newsletter. Click the appropriate number below.

14. Are you participating in work programs?

The BOP offers work programs that can lead to vocational certificates, or programs that benefit the system, including Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR). Select the appropriate number to show how many you completed or participated in.


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