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103, 2022

Seven Steps to Humanity and the Holy Grail

March 1st, 2022|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , , |

The siren song for the transparency, accountability and oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has reached another fever pitch set off by a bit of transparency and attention during the pandemic.  Recently, Senators Jon Ossoff and Michael Braun launched a bi-partisan working focusing on the agency's implosion which compliments the efforts of "The BOP Reform Caucus" who met with Director Carvajal for the first time late last year.  Prison reform is not rocket science so here are seven reforms which can be initiated almost immediately under the existing policy and statutory framework, provided the new director is chosen from outside the agency and is allowed to bring support staff to have their back. So, without further ado...................   Allow upward mobility to qualified leaders without mandating mobility. The BOP “F up, move up” cycle can be broken by picking the best candidate for management related jobs based on [...]

102, 2022

The Algorithm Blues

February 1st, 2022|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , |

What a difference a month makes      There have been many developments since the BOP issued the final rule regarding the First Step Act, Federal Time Credits (FTC). Shortly after last month’s article, I began getting feedback from across the country about conflicting information from BOP staff and the incarcerated about the awarding of the credits. People in the RRC and on home detention have told me they had never participated in any work or educational programs but received large awards of FTC, but others who completed programs and worked, were told they had not earned any time credits because the programs did not qualify. More than one case manager told me there is some type of glitch in the SENTRY program and the automated SENTRY sentence computation function has yet to be finalized. I will draw some general conclusions about the implementation of the rule at the end [...]

1401, 2022

FSA/FTC (My humble opinion & sarcasm from analysis of the final rule)

January 14th, 2022|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , , |

I had a chance to dissect the Rule released yesterday and a have a few comments about what caught my eye from a BOP correctional treatment perspective. While the final rule is a lot broader in application and liberal as far as the actual awards of FTC, let us not be dancing on the tables because it’s still discriminatory and restrictive to a lot of PEOPLE. One of the stats that caught my eye was that approximately 75,000 of 131,000 PEOPLE (almost 60 %) are medium and high risk and simply are not eligible for the FTC!  While that number sounds high already, it doesn’t even take into consideration the minimum and low risk individuals that do not meet the other restrictive criteria of identified crimes, prior offenses, non-citizens, DC Code cases, etc. You can stay up on the table celebrating dancing if your part of the white-collar lobby or [...]

1301, 2022

Federal Good Time Credits ( SH#@s Getting Real)

January 13th, 2022|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , , |

Federal Time Credits (FTC) Questions I have for the DOJ/BOP: Are people only being awarded for completing an evidenced based recidivism reduction program (EBRRP) IF a “need” was identified and keyed into that area on the computerized assessment? Are people awarded the FTC if their crime of conviction is NOT on the list of the crimes Congress excluded from receiving the credits, but the crime is determined violent or a “director’s discretion case”, under BOP policy? Are productive activities going to be expanded to include work assignments other than UNICOR and regimented activities such as art, recreation and leisure/sports leagues.  For instance, a person assigned as a companion for the institution suicide watch program should be awarded time as a “productive activity”.  The July 2021 National Catalogue seems sparse in the productive activities section, and the listed productive activities resemble more of brief programs. How do the hours awarded for [...]

501, 2022

THE FTC/FSA SAGA IS COMING TO A HEAD

January 5th, 2022|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , , |

I wanted to get this out in the metaverse because it is either profound or a profound snafu by the BOP. As everyone waited for the Federal Time Credits (FTC) Rules (see attached) to be published in less than two weeks, BOP facilities began putting talking points on the unit bulletin boards which is a standard protocol when a major policy or change in policy is effectuated. I receive all kinds of documents from around the BOP from various sources and this one caught my eye and allowed me to re-think the concept of the FTC application and statutory authority on how and where it is awarded. After receiving it, I was equally intrigued when a DC Judiciary contact involved in this process was unaware the rules were even finalized. After digging a bit further, I discovered that the talking points and policy were quickly retracted shortly after posting. All [...]

2212, 2021

It’s only the low hanging fruit!

December 22nd, 2021|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , , , , |

This is going to be a short, spontaneous rant with the catalyst being the newly announced DOJ- AG interpretation regarding the CARES ACT! Surprise, surprise; PEOPLE are not coming back to prison. For the few of you who follow my rants, I am on record in the early part of Covid clearly indicating the CARES ACT participants were not going to return. While I applaud the AG, I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon until he moves from the low hanging fruit and to the myriad of reforms which can be done almost immediately with leadership by pressuring  the BOP to evolve into the twentieth century. I am not talking about recreating the wheel through legislation so the DC politicians and NGO Mafia can raise even more money in the name of reform under the exploitative prison industrial complex.  I am referring to the need for the accountability, transparency [...]

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