What is the “Compassionate Release” Program offered to federal inmates by the Bureau of Prisons?

Inmates in federal correctional facilities and their families have the right to request a sentence reduction or early termination under the Bureau of Prison’s “Compassionate Release” program, but many people don’t understand how the program works, or how to apply for it. We’ve put together some information that may answer some common questions about the…

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Will the Supreme Court limit civil forfeiture?

This week, the United States Supreme Court decided to take up a case involving the constitutionality of civil forfeiture laws. “Civil forfeiture” occurs when law enforcement seizes the property of a person suspected of committing a crime, even if that person is never arrested or charged with a crime. While some argue that civil forfeiture…

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Operation Wire Wire is an aggressive move against federal computer crimes

This week, the Department of Justice announced in a press release that an international law enforcement operation, Operation Wire Wire, resulted in the arrest of 74 individuals, including 42 people in the United States. The government is accusing these people of committing “cyber-enabled fraud” by sending misleading emails to businesses and individuals that trick them…

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