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Federal Prison and Criminal Justice Reading List
News and Politics

Federal Prison and Legal Roundup for March 20, 2021

A list of articles about law and justice from around the web that relate to federal prisoners and their loved ones .

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3553 (a) factors
News and Politics

Lock Down Underestimates Inmates’ Understanding of 3553(a) Factors

BOP ordered a lock down prior to Biden’s inauguration, underestimating the inmate’s understanding of 3553(a) factors surrounding sentencing.

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pell grant for prisoners included in Covid-19 stimulus
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Pell Grants for Prisoners Included in COVID-19 Stimulus

Tucked into the 5,593 page relief package is a small victory for criminal justice reform advocates: Pell grants for prisoners.

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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Thurgood Marshall Building
News and Politics

The proposed changes to FRCrimP 16 and their impact

Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16 is up for amendments. Learn what that means here.

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coronavirus compassionate release
News and Politics

COVID 19, the BOP and CARES Act

The CARES Act was signed into law recently to fight COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus. Learn how this bill may help federal inmates.

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Trump signing First Step Act
News and Politics

ABOUT THE RECENT GRANTS OF CLEMENCY

President Trump granted pardons and commutations in February. Find out more about plans for the future of commutations and pardons here.

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Benefit from First Step Act

The criminal justice reform law known as the First Step Act has a number of changes to benefit inmates and a defense attorney will help.

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presidential clemency power
News and Politics

Presidential Clemency Power in the Current Administration

Presidential clemency power takes a different tone in the current administration, with pardons, clemencies, and commutations.

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Supreme Court Rehaif vs. US Felon Knowingly in Possession
Federal Appeals

Felon Possession of Firearm and Term Knowingly: Rehair v. United States

The Supreme Court judgement under Rehaif says that a felon must have knowledge that they …

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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.

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Trump signing First Step Act
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BREAKING: FIRST STEP ACT APPROVED BY HOUSE AND SENATE, GOES TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

The piece of legislation known as the FIRST STEP ACT has passed both the House and Senate.

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