TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 30, 2012

Human Rights Watch and Families Against Mandatory Minimums today called on the federal Bureau of Prisons to grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners. The bureau said it reviews each early-release request on a case-by-case basis and takes into consideration information provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office and general public safety. Under federal law, judges may reduce sentences under "extraordinary and compelling" circumstances; however, the request must come from the bureau and not from inmate. The groups also called on Congress to change the law to allow prisoners to challenge bureau decisions not to file compassionate release motions. The Commercial Appeal has this AP story