Compassionate Release Part of New Prison Reform

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 14-Aug-2013

New reform, which strives to ease the burden of overcrowded jails, was announced recently, making some inmates eligible for compassionate release after years of tough sentencing among our nation’s justice system. And while the ramifications of clearing up space in crowded jails across our nation is clear, understanding who is eligible and how the program works may be more of a mystery for inmates and their loved ones.

“Recent initiatives from the U.S. Attorney General demonstrate that there is severe overcrowding in our federal prisons,” said Carlson Law Firm Partner, Steve Walden. “The compassionate release program has been around awhile, but has not been used effectively. It is aimed at releasing prisoners who no longer pose a danger to society.”

Sick or elderly inmates that are no longer a threat for society are one group of people slated for compassionate release in Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposal to reduce incarceration costs. While an experienced criminal lawyer can help reveal whether you or a loved one are eligible for compassionate release, the basic premise of the program is based on the following eligibilities:

  • Medical complications or conditions
  • Inmate age (elderly or aging)
  • Caregiver situations that may affect the way an inmates child is raised

Although the factors listed above are important considerations leading to whether an inmate may or may not be eligible for compassionate release, the nature of the crime committed is also an important factor. Some types of crimes committed, such as those which were deemed violent, may affect whether or not an aging or ill inmate is considered for release as outlined in the program.

Allowing for the opportunity to modify sentences in a sentencing court, inmates who may be eligible are carefully reviewed, looking closely at the inmate, the crime committed and their specific situation. After eligibility is reviewed and an inmate is classified as eligible, motions must be filed with the judge.

If you or a loved one believe you may be eligible for compassionate release in Bell County and Coryell County, call our criminal attorneys in Killeen and Temple for a free initial consultation regarding your options and potential eligibility.


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