704, 2020

If I were King! (Covid-19)

April 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

With the CARES act being implemented on Friday, I want to make a few observations which I am not hearing about in the advocacy world. I’m also going to re-circulate several recommendations I made over a week ago which can simultaneously be done to alleviate crowding and allow for better social distancing in our federal prisons. First, I want to make an observation about the BOP statistics on their website.   https://www.bop.gov/coronavirus/ You know what they say about stats! While underreporting the amount of actual exposures to Covid-19 for the inmate population, the BOP is over inflating the amount of people who have transferred to the community during the past few weeks. Both stats are more of a misrepresentation of the data than outright inaccurate numbers.  If the BOP gets positive test results of several people in a dormitory setting, they stop testing that unit even though others exhibit symptoms. [...]

2511, 2019

It’s the Leadership, Stupid!

November 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

As the Federal Bureau of Prison’s Director testified to Congress last Tuesday, reports started to circulate about the indictments of two correctional officers regarding the falsification of records regarding the Jeffrey Epstein suicide. On November 4, the BOP Director warned staff that falsifying documents is “very serious misconduct” that could expose staff to criminal prosecution. Off of the radar was a press release from the District of New Jersey US Attorney from a few days earlier about a Fort Dix Correction Officer who pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars of cash bribes to deliver contraband to inmates over a period of several years. While I have no issue with staff accountability or tolerance for misconduct; I think the director’s office must be missing a mirror. Before the politicians, academics and pop culture icons plot their next step in federal justice reform; they first need to address the fundamental aspects [...]

2307, 2019

First Step Act-Only for the correctional cerebral!

July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , , |

It’s been far too long since I wrote a blog so giddy up! The catalyst for my rants is usually media driven so the DOJ presser about the First Step Act (FSA) from last Friday did the trick! Actually; that, in combination with many stories from various outlets simply led me to a blog long overdue. When writing about my displeasure with the FSA, I always point out my negativity is related only to the “back end” prison related aspects of the law. Reading the various stories from over the week end, one was led to believe hundreds of people were lining up to release at the doors of our federal prisons around the country which was far from reality. First, the good conduct time release adjustments (7 days) had little impact on people in prison as the majority affected where either already in the community halfway house, home detention, [...]

1204, 2019

What have we become?

April 12th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , |

The gloves slightly come off 😉 It’s been too long since I wrote a blog so I’ll get busy with a topic advocates and politicians continue to dance on the tables over. I never even got on the table after the First Step Act was signed into law because it is ill conceived, poorly written, convoluted, underfunded and infiltrated with white collar & private prison interests. Maybe I’m just upset because I am close to being considered “Elderly” under the law based on the changes in the Elderly Offender pilot program criteria of the Second Chance Act reauthorization.  You would think in a society where people are living longer, the authors of the bill would have at least thought about changing elderly to “older” when it comes to age 60! But why should I be surprised when there is no attention to detail anywhere in this legislation?    While I’m [...]

503, 2019

It’s been a while!

March 5th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , , , |

I've been remiss in posting at this location so thought I'd get out a few points while I had some down time in this 6 degree weather! I'll keep to the flavor of the month by making a few observation of the seriously flawed Fist Step Act. I say flawed mainly from a prison perspective as the front end provisions are good, even if they don't go far enough. As of late, the BOP revised the first relevant policy to the FSA in January on Compassionate Release. In the policy cue is an Operations Memorandum on Home Confinement which I wrote in detail about on a legal blog at : http://joaquinduncan.com/newsletters/Feb2019Newsletter.pdf. I contribute monthly to Todd's legal newsletter which is a must read. As predicted, the litigation has already begun and a habeas in Oregon was successful with the release of someone a few weeks ago when the judge ordered [...]

2011, 2018

The Lone Wolf speaks

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform|Tags: , , , |

I recently testified in a sentencing and the prosecutor asked me if I was a "Lone Wolf"? Apparently he read one of my blogs looking for dirt and that's about all he could come up with.  I answered, "absolutely" when it comes to Criminal Justice form. I perpetually hang my head in shame when I view the commentary, op eds and press releases on justice reform issues when it comes to the prison aspects! Enter: The First Step Act.   It was comical watching an ex-police commissioner on TV the other night who is now a federal prion expert for doing a minute in a camp!  When asked about the bill, the best thing he had is how it would reunite families!  Are you kidding me?  The bill does not accomplish this nor does it accomplish a majority of the "prison reforms" it claims to but I guess it makes [...]

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