Federal Supervised Release

The 2016 Guidelines Manual Amendments

Today, the 2016 amendments to the United States Sentencing Commission’s Guidelines Manual go live. The topics of this year’s adjustments are: Compassionate Release from Prison; Animal Fighting; Child Pornography Circuit Conflicts; Immigration; and, Conditions of Probation and Supervised Release. Obviously, here we’ll be focusing on the Conditions of Probation and Supervised release, with some later …

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Federal Supervised Release is not Punishment

The Seventh Circuit on Federal Supervised Release A few years ago, the Seventh Circuit published an order clearly showing their views on the imposition and purpose of federal supervised release. That circuit is back at it again with an opinion regarding three separate cases, challenging their supervised release conditions. ((U.S. vs. Kappes, U.S. vs. Crisp, …

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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). ((There is little difference between federal supervised release and …

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Hilarity in 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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Ending Federal Probation in the Age of Sequestration

Update: 4/21/14 It seems as though Sequestration changed the way many probation departments handled early release requests. For most of Summer/Fall 2013, probation officers were ending federal probation early for their supervisees on their own request. However, it seems that this trend is waning and there is a heightened need for do-it-yourself motions. E-mail us …

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Clear Views on Supervised Release from the Seventh Circuit

Terms and Length of Supervision It can be difficult to find discussions at the appellate level of district court obligations when deciding how to impose length and conditions of supervised release. It can be harder still to force a discussion at all from a district court at sentencing to understand the thought process behind these …

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Federal Supervised Release Conditions – Restrictions on Court Discretion

Federal Supervised Release Conditions Federal supervision is oftentimes misunderstood. What conditions can a court impose and what conditions are too much? This post is intended to clear the fog a bit using a case from Kentucky. This interesting case was decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year. In part, the appeals …

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November Round-Up

From Crack Cocaine Sentence Reductions to Early Termination of Supervised Release November has been a big month in the world of federal corrections. Due to all the recent events, this will be a lengthy post on all matters federal-criminal. New Retroactive Crack Law The United States Sentencing Commission’s 2011 Amendments to their Guidelines Manual were …

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