PRE & POST SENTENCING CONSULTATION plus MUCH MORE
I can also prove to be an asset at the sentencing, as I will be able to clarify any BOP issues and answer any questions the sentencing judge may have regarding a potential judicial recommendation for a designation location, classification, sentence computation issue, and/or BOP program. Judges are more comfortable in making specific recommendations when they have a Federal prison expert with credibility present at sentencing. Conversely, I do not believe ex-offenders or “experts” who never worked in the trenches of Federal system have the same credibility with the court.
I can also provide assistance in other areas, including (but not limited to) the transfer process, Residential Re-entry Center (RRC/Halfway House) placement, the Location Monitoring Program (aka Home Confinement), complex sentence computations, good- time and jail credit issues, administrative remedies, treaty transfers, the disciplinary process, medical treatment, visitation, furloughs, the voluntary surrender process and escorted trips, to name a few.
I sometimes run across offenders who hire a consultant and are coached to lie to get into a specific program, i.e.: Residential Drug Treatment Program, (RDAP), I AM NOT THAT TYPE OF CONSULTANT! I will, however, be able to share with you feedback about the RDAP, PATTERN, First Step Act, no other consultant can provide. I have placed hundreds of offenders in RDAP over my career and understand RDAP placement intricacies. I have personally seen ‘consultants’ do damage to offenders because they lack knowledge of the Federal system and its frequent policy changes and practices. I am not a cottage industry business like many consulting firms who attempt to capitalize through ineffective jumping from one specialized program to another. On this particular note; it is not hard to get into the RDAP. Many consultants lead you to believe it is difficult and their services are necessary “to get you into the program”! It is simply not true and not difficult to participate in RDAP provided you have the documented substance abuse history.
Along these lines is the common myth that a consultant can get you designated to a specific facility. Obtaining a favorable designation is not difficult. However, I have witnessed many individuals pay large sums of money for unfavorable designations or their “second or third choice”!
If you have a client who is apprehensive in taking a plea and you think it is in their best interest to do so, it is quite possible I may be able to step in as a voice of reason. Unfortunately, I have seen many offenders turn down a plea agreement for a short sentence only to roll the dice at trial and receive very lengthy sentences. In such situations, my independent consultation with your client could be just what is needed in order to bring the case to closure. I can by provide a realistic perspective about prison life while dispelling the myths which lead to uncertainty and anxiety.