Federal Appeals Court Expands Number of Inmates Eligible for Compassionate Release and Sentence Reductions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that district courts have broad discretion to determine what circumstances constitute “extraordinary and compelling circumstances” that warrant an inmate’s release from prison or sentence reduction. The First Step Act of 2018 amended 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), the statute allowing courts to reduce an inmate’s…

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What is the Compassionate Release Program at the Bureau of Prisons?

The “Compassionate Release Program” at the Bureau of Prisons is a program that allows certain inmates to be released from federal prison early, or have their sentences cut short, if there are “extraordinary and compelling reasons” warranting a sentence reduction. These reasons can include an inmate’s serious or terminal medical condition, the incapacitation of an…

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