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First Step Act Gives Federal Inmates with Extraordinary and Compelling Reasons Chance for Early Release

The FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795), introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI) and Sen. John Cornyn (R - TX), was passed by Congress with the intent that people are prepared to come home from prison job-ready and have major incentives to pursue the life-changing classes that will help them succeed on the outside. The Act also provides an avenue for federal prisoners with “extraordinary and compelling reasons” to quickly seek early release by petitioning directly to their sentencing judge and bypassing the Federal Bureau of Prisons bureaucracy.

Currently, the federal prison system is failing to achieve its purpose - rehabilitation- and instead rips people away from their families, leaves them with fewer opportunities than when they entered into the system, and ultimately decreases public safety.

The FIRST STEP Act is an important piece of legislation that begins to address this. This bill will put the focus back on rehabilitation and finding ways to give people an opportunity to come home and succeed.

What is an “extraordinary and compelling reason”? A federal prisoner who has:

  1. been diagnosed with a serious medical condition such as a tumor or other medical condition which the Bureau of Prisons is unable to properly care for;
  2. become the sole provider for children while incarcerated (i.e., mother of minor children dies while federal prisoner in custody);
  3. Spouse of federal prisoner becomes seriously ill while federal prisoner in custody;

If you are a family member of a federal prisoner who has “extraordinary and compelling reasons” the Kingsbury Law Firm urges you to discuss the situation with an attorney knowledgeable with federal post-conviction relief.

The Kingsbury Law Firm very knowledgeable and experienced in resolving situations when inadequate medical care is provided while in custody. The Kingsbury Law Firm also has extensive accomplishments in filing motions for sentence modifications under 18 U.S.C. section 3582 after sentencing guideline amendments are made retroactive and challenging loss of good time.

Related Links:

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/15/703784886/seriously-ill-federal-prisoners-freed-as-compassionate-release-law-takes-effect

https://www.firststepact.org/

https://famm.org/our-work/first-step-act/


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Fax: (281) 946-5455

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