Report: BOP Rarely Seeks ‘Compassionate’ Release


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The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) rarely seeks early release for prisoners facing imminent death or serious incapacitation, according to a report released today by the advocacy groups Human Rights Watch and Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

In 1984, Congress gave federal courts authority to grant early release — also referred to as “compassionate release” — for “extraordinary and compelling” reasons, but only when a motion to do so has been submitted by the BOP.

The BOP has averaged about two dozen such motions each year since 1992, according to the study. The BOP requires prisoners to be within 12 months of death or irrevocably incapacitated in order to be considered for compassionate release; prisoners do not have the right to challenge BOP decisions in court.

The report’s authors recommend that the BOP bring early release motions to court whenever a prisoner can present “extraordinary and compelling” reasons for release, “regardless of whether bureau officials believe early release is warranted.”

Read the study HERE.

Via The Crime Report


2 thoughts on “Report: BOP Rarely Seeks ‘Compassionate’ Release

  1. I know the BOP has many inmates over 65 who look none too healthy and have served over 20 years. The federal bureau of prisons has no compassion. They have only a hard nose by the book take on things… unless it comes to their own policy then they pick and choose to follow it. There are men in there over 2o years who should have served only a few. We have the worst injustice system in the world.


  2. Reblogged this on Montana Corruption and commented:
    America needs to start coming together now. Montana had this issue with a family requesting for their father to come home to die. They finally approved the request 2 weeks after the inmate (father) had died. What sense is that?


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