Supervised Release and Probation

Federal Probation Violation Escalates Quickly

It Stated With A Federal Probation Violation White City, AL – A high-speed chase ended on Thursday, March 26th with the arrest of David Reynolds of Hanceville, Alabama. This, from a story posted by The Cullman Times before the weekend. Here’s how the story begins: “A high-speed chase ended in a crash south of Hanceville …

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Marijuana Legalization, Coram Nobis, and Federal Felonies

Legalized Pot An interesting question arose for PCR Consultants the other day. With the growing trend the United States these days to legalize pot, what would happen if the federal government actually gave up the Weed branch of its War on Drugs. Plenty of people believe that locking up citizens in the US for simple …

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How Often Does Your Federal Probation Officer Visit?

How often your federal probation officer visits is an important question for all persons under the supervision of the United States Probation Office (USPO). This small piece of information is very helpful when considering a request for early release from federal probation (or federal supervised release). 1There is little difference between federal supervised release and …

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Opportunity After Federal Prison

The United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey had some interesting comments about community release after incarceration. Normally, the American standard of criminal justice involves putting away the bad guys, and little else. After that, the narrative on crime and punishment simply stops. Unfortunately for that narrative, and fortunately for defendants and inmates, …

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Support for Early Termination of Supervised Release

When asking a sentencing court to terminate a defendant’s supervision early, scoring points with objective facts is important. Many judges don’t see early termination as routine, and only grant these requests in rare cases. What can you do to change their mind? In part, convince judges that keeping you on supervision is expensive and dangerous. …

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Appeal Waivers and Supervised Release

Federal Plea Agreements The Devil is in the Details Over 95% of federal defendants plead guilty, according the the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Because of Bill Otis, Law Professor and contributor to Crime and Consequences, most plea agreements now come with appeal waivers: a waiver of the defendant’s right to appeal. On the surface, the …

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Hilarity Ensues During a Federal Probation Revocation Hearing

“After violating the terms of his supervised release, Appellant was sentenced to prison and an additional period of supervised release, including special conditions. The Fifth Circuit found that the district court abused its discretion by imposing the special condition without demonstrating that the condition was reasonably related to statutory factors.” The above quote comes from …

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Shadow Sentencing: The Imposition of Supervised Release

A study paper posted to SSRN takes a close look at the imposition and issues surrounding federal supervised release. Nearly all visitors to PCR Consultants are supervised by the United States Probation Office (USPO) and want to know more. They want to find relief. We offer services that help former offenders get early release from …

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Obama Clemency Plans for Hundreds of Drug Offenders

The title of this post comes from this Yahoo News article. A new plan for Obama clemency policy is going to be official. (2017 Update: According to the Pew Research Center, former President Obama ended up granting clemency for more than 1,900 felons before he left office. More than 1,700 of these were sentence commutations …

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