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The Second Chance Act-Inmates Are Now Receiving More Halfway House Time and Home Detention!

The Second Chance Act was signed by President Bush in April of 2008. Over thirty-nine months have passed and what has been accomplished? Finally, the BOP is acknowledging the Second Chance Act and inmates are getting a real Second Chance!

 
PRLog - Aug. 24, 2011 - SEMINOLE, Fla. -- The Second Chance Act was signed by President Bush in April of 2008. Well, over thirty-nine months have passed and what has been accomplished? What has changed? What has improved? In actuality, finally the BOP and individual Unit Team members are acknowledging the Second Chance Act! The Second Chance Act is finally giving inmates a Second Chance!

Michael Frantz, a national Federal Prison Consultant and Prison Coach, who provides consulting services and program positioning to defendants and their families facing federal incarceration, recently addressed this issue on his daily Jail Time Consulting blog. Visit http://www.jailtimeconsulting.com.  
 
The Second Chance Act was designed by Congress to be a solid piece of bipartisan legislation.  This legislation was to help protect the rights of ex-convicts, provide education and reentry programs which in turn would help to lower the recidivism rate. A major aspect of the Second Chance Act was designed to improve federal prison offender reentry. It's a good idea, but the federal government and the Bureau of Prisons must follow through— until now they haven’t. Money was to be set forth for new programs to assess each federal prisoner’s skill level including academic, vocational, health, cognitive, interpersonal, daily living, and related reentry skills.  The federal government recently spent billions and billions of taxpayer dollars to bail out the banks, auto manufacturers, investment firms, and Wall Street companies in a matter of weeks if not days. These individuals are not even in federal prison for their mismanagement and crimes. Yet it took thirty-nine months for the Bureau of Prisons to start to implement the additional half way house time and home detention that Congress passed and President Bush signed in 2008.

One significant aspect of the Second Chance Act was to allow federal prison inmates to be considered for up to one year in a halfway house to better enable them to adjust and acclimate to their reentry into the real world. Part of this time could also be spent in home detention. The old law stated that federal prison inmates were only permitted 10% of their net sentence or six months of halfway house time, whichever is less and no home detention. So with the passage of the Second Chance Act in 2008, visit http://www.jailtimeconsulting.com/second-chance-act.php, one would presume that federal prison inmates were now receiving up to 12 months of halfway house time and home detention. Wrong!!  Prison officials, Unit Team Members, and Bureau of Prisons’ staff are very resistant to change—regardless of the law. They seem to feel they are untouchable, but they are not! With the advent of the June 24, 2010 Memorandum from the BOP Central Office titled, “Revised Guidance for Residential Reentry Center (RRC) Placements”, BOP staff, Unit Team members, and prison policy started to change. Now the BOP Central Office has given an exact set of criteria to evaluate inmates on additional halfway house and home detention. Now that the former Director of the Bureau of Prisons, Harley Lapin, has retired or been removed, positive change is occurring. Prior to this, Director Lapin had stated he anticipated no changes to the provision of a full year of halfway house for federal inmates. He stated that “certain studies” showed that it was not productive and it is actually less expensive to house federal inmates in a federal prison than in a halfway house.  Personally, I thought the Second Chance Act was about improving federal prison inmates’ reentry into society, not about the cost of incarceration. Sorry, Harley!

Well, Harley is gone and the BOP’s stance on the Second Chance Act is changing for the better. Inmates are receiving more halfway house time and are getting some of their halfway house time converted into home detention. There are many criteria and factors that the inmate must be aware of in order to receive this additional award. “Actually, it is very difficult for an inmate to receive this additional halfway house time/home detention on his own”, stated Michael Frantz. He went on to say, “We provide to our clients, through research, documentation, communication with you, your family if applicable, the court, DSCC, (Designation and Sentence Computation Center), and other appropriate entities, and our JTC Second Chance Act (SCA) Questionnaire ©, documentation to support eligibility and application for additional halfway house time/home confinement via the Second Chance Act. We do this by following the very guidelines that are in the June 24, 2010 Memorandum. We tell you what you need to do, what not to do, and how to increase your chances of maximum halfway house/home confinement via the Second Chance Act. Then we put together both an Initial SCA (Second Chance Act) Package © and an Enhanced SCA Package © and send it to all the various BOP staff members that make that decision on your additional halfway house time/home confinement. Unless you are proactive in this process and can provide the supporting documentation and make a strong case you will not receive it. This is what we do. We are experts at preparing and positioning clients for the Second Chance Act and have the resources, knowledge, and skills to help you prepare and position yourself for eligibility and acceptance.”

The United States has the world's largest prison population. Ex-felons are currently stripped of civil rights, denied access to loans, college financial aid, job prospects, certain licenses, and other conduits for social improvement that most of us take for granted. The three-year recidivism rate is nearly 66%. Finally, the BOP has stopped dragging its feet on the implementation of the Second Chance Act. An ex-convict’s crimes haunt him forever. Felonies committed at age 20 or 21 will follow him into his sixties. White-collar criminals are receiving longer sentences and are being prosecuted more vigorously, which they should be. Now it is time to change the system, the implementation of the Second Chance Act, now allows a released inmate his civil rights including the right to legally provide for his family. He has paid his dues, served his time, and given his “pound of flesh”. Isn’t it time he had a second chance?

Mr. Frantz can be followed on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jail-Time-Consulting/251197... and Blogger, visit http://www.jailtimeconsulting.blogspot.com/.

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Michael Frantz is a leading Federal Prison Consultant with Jail Time Consulting (JTC) in South Florida. The staff of JTC provides sentence reduction strategies, research, and many pre- and post-sentencing services for their clients. Michael has authored a bestselling book on federal prison titled, “Jail Time, What you need to know…Before you go to federal prison!” He has also authored over thirty-five JT Special Reports© on various federal prison issues affecting both the inmate and his/her family. They are available on the website. He writes a daily blog on the JTC website http://prisonconsultinggroup.com answering readers’ questions and comments. He is a nationally recognized authority on federal prison and has published over 40 articles nationwide. He has been contacted by ABC’s 20/20, the Oprah Winfrey network, the Fox News Network, as well as many radio and TV stations nationwide. He can be reached at 954-522-2254, 800-804-4686, or at mike@jailtimeconsulting.com.

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