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Compassionate Release
Federal Appeals

Inmate Receives 3582 Relief for Being only Caregiver to Parents: US v. Bucci

All, we’ve been monitoring several cases that deal with the ability to receive relief under the Reduction in Sentence provisions in 18 U.S.C. § 3582, the “Compassionate Release” statute. United States of America vs. Bucci, 04-10194-WGY, decided September 16, 2019, is another example of how the inmate population can use that statute to their advantage.

the changes in the 3582 compassionate release statute as
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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.

Gavel and law books
Federal Appeals

CASE SUMMARY: United States v. Davis

“Crime of Violence” Definition is Unconstitutionally Vague In the recent decision of United States v. Davis, the Supreme Court held a criminal statute unconstitutionally vague. In

Davis vs. United States 924(c)(3)(b)
Federal Appeals

United States vs. Davis: A Primer

While this is great news for many, I know that a lot of you have plenty of questions about Davis. I want to take this opportunity to discuss what exactly the holding in Davis means, how we got here, and what it might mean for your individual case.

Two aging male inmates
Federal Appeals

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

First Step Act
Federal Appeals

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.