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|"I as one who was a lawyer for over 30
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What's Federal Prison Like?
That's a question I hear daily, and since I was at 8 federal prisons and three county jails during my 10 year
BOP sentence, the most honest thing I can tell you that no two are alike. I've been to nice laid-back places
like Taft, California, all the way down to dumps like FCI La Tuna in Texas. But a common theme that
exists in all is, the warden sets the tone. If you get an uptight petty person running the joint, it rubs off on
the staff and they're going be uptight and petty too. Prison for the most part is boring, kind of like ground
hog day. Picture a small closed society with a few hundred to a thousand plus people of all economic social
classes running around, all with their own agenda to get home.
While uniform standards called Program Statements set an institutions daily routines, privileges and rules
may vary from institution to institution depending on your security and custody level, and the type of
institution you're assigned to For a more detailed perspective on prison life, be sure to sign up for the
FEDTIME 101 prison survival program.
Bottom line is, that if you mind your own business, and show respect to others, you're gonna come out okay.
Are there different types of prisons for different offenders?
Yes – the Bureau of Prisons administers various institutions (U. S. Penitentiaries, Federal Correction
Institutions, Federal Prison Camps, Federal Detention Centers, and Administrative and Medical facilities.
Prison facility designation itself, is the sole responsibility of the BOP. While most inmates are normally
assigned to institutions within 500 miles of their homes, designation is determined by a defendant's
criminal history, length of sentence, security rating, and bed space availability. While a judge can
recommend a specific facility, there is no guarantee a defendant will end up there, and can be assigned
thousands of miles from their homes.
Am I in danger of being physically or sexual assaulted in federal prison?
YES! While violence and physical assault are concerns at every prison facility, such occurrences are rare in
minimum security prison camps and even low level FCI'S. Recent Federal and State combined statistics
show less than 4.5% of all inmates encounter one of these situations during their period of incarceration.
Wall Street Prison Consultants will assist in attempting you to be placed in a safe facility, to minimize
and/or eliminate your exposure to problems of this nature. By educating yourself prior to incarceration you
can avoid becoming a victim.
What can I expect from prison staff members?
There's an old prison cliché used by staff towards inmates that says"You got nothing coming" In others,
expect very little but the minimum. If you've ever been to the State motor vehicle bureau or the
unemployment office, think back to the attitude of those people and put them in uniform and now you have
the BOP. While staff members are required by policy to be respectful towards an inmate, staff/inmate
relations sometimes become strained. Should a problem arise between staff and an inmate, the inmate may
confer directly with the institutional duty officer, or a member of their unit team consisting of a case
manager, counselor, or unit manager. There is also a written administrative remedy process that inmates
must follow, if he believes regulations, policies, or his rights have been violated.
Will I serve every day of my sentence?
Probably not. While Parole does not exist in the federal system, the Bureau of Prisons grants 54 days of
good time off of a sentence based on an inmate's conduct, Wall Street Prison Consultants will help you
understand the requirements necessary to attain clear conduct status and show you how to calculate the
potential sentence reduction.
After being charged with a crime or indicted will I be held in custody?
Not necessarily. In many situations, judges release defendants on what is known as a signature bond unless
there is reason for the judge to believe the defendant 's a flight risk or threat to the community. In some
cases, judges may order a cash bond to or property to be posted before release to the community.
Will I be placed on any type of supervision while waiting for my case to be resolved?
Yes. When once a defendant is released on bond, they will be placed under the supervision of a pre-trial
services officer from the U.S. Probation Office until their case has been resolved. Pre-Trial Supervision
includes regular contact with the probation officer, and can include residential monitoring, drug testing,
work status authorization, travel restrictions; and compliance with any specific rules set by the per-trial
services and the court.
Upon being indicted, what are my options?
Once a Grand Jury has officially indicted a defendant, generally two options are available to bring about
resolution. Defendants can take the case to trial and have the outcome decided by a judge/jury, or attempt
to negotiate through a plea agreement and avoid a trial Department of Justice statistics show that 93.6% of
all federal criminal cases are resolved with a guilty plea. Of those that go to trial, 75.6% are convicted.
What is a plea agreement?
A plea agreement is essentially a contractual agreement between a defendant and the United States
Attorney’s office. In return for a guilty plea and avoiding a costly jury trial, the prosecutor known as an
Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) agrees to limit the scope of the charges (i.e. – number of counts) being
brought against the defendant. Additionally, the AUSA will normally recommend a particular sentence to
the courts and in certain instances (i.e. – substantial cooperation) agree to recommend that the minimum
recommended sentence for the instant offense be waived.
Will I have input at sentencing & how does a court determine a sentences length?
The court may now consider a number of factors when determining a defendant’s sentence – however, the
primary tool still used to formulate a sentence is the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The Judge
reviews several factors prior to handing down a sentence. A defendant can provide input to the court by
submitting letters of support from family members, friends, and associates; presenting a positive historical
profile of past actions and behaviors, and highlighting special circumstances that may justify a lighter
sentence. The most important document to be considered by a judge is the pre-sentence (PSR) report
prepared by the probation officer. The pre-sentence report is the defendant's greatest opportunity to
provide information that will be considered at sentencing.
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