Entries by Jeremy Gordon

Compassionate Release and The Meaning of “Extraordinary and Compelling Circumstances” in 3582

The FIRST STEP Act’s changes to 3582 potentially open the door for wide latitude for courts to reduce sentences if the court finds that they have the ability to determine if “extraordinary and compelling circumstances” exist to do so.  As shown here, this can apply in what could be considered a “normal compassionate release” situation. But there are other situations where it could also apply that might affect your loved one.

Encouraging News on Clemency: What We Can Discover from the President’s July 2019 Uses of Clemency?

Clemency and the Current Administration The current President has made some waves during the first three years of his presidency with regard to his use of the clemency power.  The August 2017 pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court for the use of discriminatory immigration-enforcement tactics, was […]

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What Good We Can Learn About Home Confinement and the Elderly Offender Home Detention Program From a Freedom of Information Act Request

If your loved one qualifies for Compassionate Release or for the Elderly Offender Program, please reach out to our office and schedule a complementary call to discuss how we might be able to help you.  As you may remember, back on December 21, 2018 President Trump signed the FIRST STEP Act into law.  The FIRST […]

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Hope for Sick and Aging Inmates?

Did you know that – largely due to the use of ‘mandatory minimum sentences’ over the past 30 years – elderly prisoners are the fastest-growing segment of the Federal Prison population? According to the Bureau of Justice, from 1999 to 2016, the number of inmates in state and federal prisons who were 55 years or […]

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The First Step Act Explained

The FIRST STEP Act makes changes to the way that “good time” is assessed by the Bureau of Prisons, retroactively applies the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Reauthorizes the Second Chance Act, allows inmates to petition the court for compassionate release, bans the shackling of women during child birth, adds “sunlight” provisions to parts of these bills and several other things. This explainer will discuss a majority of portions of the Act.