A Step By Step Guide to Prepare You For Sentencing, Prison and Probation.

Prison Life: How do I Stay Connected? (Chapter 24)

Prison Life: How do I Stay Connected? (Chapter 24)

Prison Life: How do I Stay Connected? In earlier lessons, we described a criminologist’s theory about adjustments in prison. He theorized that adjustment patterns in prison follow a U-shaped graph. People hold close ties to society when they are coming into the...

What Should I Know About the Underground Economy? (Chapter 22)

What Should I Know About the Underground Economy? (Chapter 22)

What Should I Know About the Underground Economy in Federal Prison? Many people go into the prison system with the intention of avoiding all problems and getting out of prison at the soonest possible time. Every day they have the power to make decisions with regard to...

What if I Need Medical Treatment in Federal Prison? (Chapter 20)

What if I Need Medical Treatment in Federal Prison? (Chapter 20)

What if I Need Medical Treatment in Federal Prison? All prisons employ teams of medical staff for people in need of healthcare. They include at least one physician, nurse practitioners or physician assistants, nurses, dentists, hygienists, and technicians. Like...

What Should I Know about RDAP and Psychology Programs? (Chapter 18)

What Should I Know about RDAP and Psychology Programs? (Chapter 18)

What Should I Know about RDAP and Psychology Programs? Being separated from family, anxieties about the future, and other complications of prison life can lead to depression, or even more severe mental health problems. For that reason, every federal prison offers a...

Job Details in Federal Prison (Prison Jobs)

Job Details in Federal Prison (Prison Jobs)

Administrators assign prisoners to specific bunks. They also assign people to work on specific prison jobs. With few exceptions—like being in transit, in segregation, in an A&O program, or medically unassigned—all people in federal prison have job assignments,...

What Should I Know About Prison Staff Hierarchy? (Chapter 11)

What Should I Know About Prison Staff Hierarchy? (Chapter 11)

What Should I know About Prison Staff Hierarchy? Navigating the bureaucracy of federal prison requires at least a cursory knowledge of the key players and their roles. This section provides a basic overview to consider for those going inside. Bureaucratic Structure:...

What Should I Know About Prison Transfers? (Chapter 10)

What Should I Know About Prison Transfers? (Chapter 10)

What Should I Know About Prison Transfers? Based upon the number of minimum-security camps in the federal prison system, we estimate that less than 20% of the federal prison population gets the privilege of voluntarily surrendering. Being able to surrender to federal...

What Happens at the Sentencing Hearing and After? (Chapter 9)

What Happens at the Sentencing Hearing and After? (Chapter 9)

What Happens at the Sentencing Hearing and After? In most cases, after a person enters a guilty plea, or after a jury finds a person guilty, the judge sets a sentencing date. Those sentencing dates may be extended if the person is cooperating with authorities....

What Examples Can You Provide About Problems in the PSR? (Chapter 8)

What Examples Can You Provide About Problems in the PSR? (Chapter 8)

8. What Examples Can You Provide About Problems in the PSR? In the previous chapter we discussed the structure of PSR reports. Probation officers prepare the PSR specifically for the sentencing judge. But the PSR follows the person all the way through the journey. In...

What is a Sentence-Mitigation Plan? (Chapter 6)

What is a Sentence-Mitigation Plan? (Chapter 6)

What is a Sentence-Mitigation Plan? When is the right time think about a sentence-mitigation plan? Answering that question reminds me of an old saying about the best time to plant an oak tree. I heard a speaker ask that question to members of his audience....

First Step Act & Post-Conviction Proceedings (Chapter 5)

First Step Act & Post-Conviction Proceedings (Chapter 5)

In the United States, we like to say that a person is presumed innocent until there has been a finding of guilt. Defendants don’t always feel that presumption of guilt. A criminal charge may result in being ostracized by friends, loss of employment, and even loss of...

What are Criminal Justice Proceedings? (Chapter 4)

What are Criminal Justice Proceedings? (Chapter 4)

What are Criminal Justice Proceedings? Hopefully, once you find and hire a criminal defense lawyer, you’ll have a trusted advocate that succeeds in freeing you from challenges with the criminal justice system. When it comes to criminal matters, unfortunately, finding...

How to Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer (Chapter 3)

How to Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer (Chapter 3)

3: How to find a Criminal Defense Lawyer When I needed to find a criminal defense lawyer, I was young, locked in a jail cell, and in a completely different frame of mind than I’m in today. Now, as a law professor and a lawyer, my role is different. Rather than viewing...

What Do I Need To Know If I Am Under Investigation? (Chapter 1)

What Do I Need To Know If I Am Under Investigation? (Chapter 1)

Chapter 1 Prepare: What do I Need to Know if I’ve Become the Target of a White Collar Criminal Investigation? Our answer to the first question is simple: A lot! Many people that face law-enforcement challenges make decisions that exacerbate their problems. They don’t...

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91. What is a Sentence-Mitigation Plan?

90. What Are Post-Conviction Proceedings?

89. What Are Criminal Justice Proceedings?

88. How to find a lawyer

87. What Should I consider before I hire a criminal defense lawyer?

86. What do I need to know if I’ve become the target of a criminal investigation?

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