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November 15, 2023
Search & Seizure in Meeks Case

In a recent legal case regarding search and seizure, the Eleventh Circuit made a significant decision in the matter of United States v. Meeks. The case involves a situation where a police officer's mistake of fact led to a traffic stop, raising questions about the protection offered by the Fourth Amendment. Case History Here's what […]

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October 24, 2023
Prison Policy Institute Asks Prison to Stop Scanning Mail

The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization, is urging the Washington state government to reconsider its prison mail scanning policies. These policies, in place since October 2021, involve the digitization of personal mail, which is then viewed by inmates via kiosk or tablet. While the Department of Corrections says the policy is for […]

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September 27, 2023
Correctional Crisis: Chronic Understaffing at FCC Pollock Despite Federal Aid

KALB repots that the Federal Correctional Complex in Pollock continues to grapple with significant understaffing issues a year after initial reports highlighted the problem. The complex, which houses 2,700 inmates across three facilities, currently employs 283 correctional officers, resulting in an overreliance on overtime shifts. “At this point, there’s no end in sight,” said Thomas […]

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August 14, 2023
Court of Appeals Vacates Sentence Based on Belief that Guidelines Require Consecutive Sentence: Lanier

Lanier was initially convicted of three counts of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1951(a), and three counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 924(c). He was sentenced to 946 months imprisonment by the district court. However, following […]

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August 3, 2023
United States Sentencing Commission Studies and Research in the Year 2023

The United States Sentencing Commission has published several studies and other research about their sentencing in the year 2023. Here is a compilation of those studies. Quick Facts on Career Offenders, FY 2021 95.7% of career offenders were men. 58.2% of career offenders were Black, 25.5% were White, 13.8% were Hispanic, and 2.5% were Other […]

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August 3, 2023
Federal Reading List for Week of June 31, 2023

This is the Federal Reading List, a group of odds and ends that we want to at least let the public know about. The best way to reform prisons is to reduce their populations (Washington Post Opinion) A former incarcerated person offers a solution. Going forward, the Bureau of Prisons should adopt policies to align […]

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July 28, 2023
About Pell Grants for Prisoners

Bureau of Prisons Produces Statement about Pell Grants for Prisoners (BOP) - In 1994, Congress removed Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated people. For 22 years, incarcerated people who wanted a college education had to pay for classes with personal funds or Unicor scholarships. In 2015, the Second Chance Pell experiment was established to provide Pell […]

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July 13, 2023
Second Circuit Reverses Conviction for Failure to Present Sufficient Basis of Mens Rea: Aybar

Aybar-Peguero (referred to as Aybar) pled guilty to drug trafficking and concealment money laundering. The claim was that narcotics were being sold out of a convenience store. While allocating to the concealment money laundering case, Aybar said that he knew that what he was doing was illegal. But the following exchange happened: THE COURT: I'm […]

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July 7, 2023
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Acquitted Conduct Case

Many of you have been waiting to hear if McClinton v. United States would be heard by the Supreme Court. On June 30, 2023 we learned that the Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari. The White House’s website indicates the following about what certiorari is: In almost all instances, the Supreme Court does not hear […]

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July 3, 2023
Federal Reading List for Week of June 30, 2023

This is the Federal Reading List, a group of odds and ends that we want to at least let the public know about. The best way to reform prisons is to reduce their populations (Washington Post Opinion) A former incarcerated person offers a solution. Going forward, the Bureau of Prisons should adopt policies to align […]

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