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Federal Bureau of Prisons Compassionate Release Program

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In the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, Congress authorised the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to request that a federal judge reduce an inmate's sentence for "extraordinary and compelling" circumstances. Under the statute, the request can be based on either medical or non-medical conditions that could not reasonably have been foreseen by the judge at the time of sentencing. The BOP has issued regulations and a Program Statement entitled "compassionate release" to implement this authority. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that an effectively managed compassionate release program would result in cost savings for the BOP, as well as assist the BOP in managing its continually growing inmate population and the significant capacity challenges it is facing. However, the existing BOP compassionate release program has been poorly managed and implemented inconsistently, likely resulting in eligible inmates not being considered for release and in terminally ill inmates dying before their requests were decided. This book assesses the BOP's compassionate release program, including whether it provides cost savings or other benefits to the BOP.

Product code: 9781628083187

ISBN 9781628083187
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW155
No. Of Pages 123
Publisher Nova Science Publishers Inc