Sessions Reverses Predecessor’s Memo Easing Drug Crime

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By Christopher Zoukis In a policy memo issued May 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors he was rescinding “inconsistent” guidance his predecessor, Eric Holder Jr., issued four years earlier on what information should be included in filing drug charges. Holder’s policy, issued in August 2013, changed Department of…

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Nearly a Quarter of Federal Inmates Were Born Outside the U.S.

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By Christopher Zoukis According to Department of Justice statistics released on May 2, 24% of federal inmates were born outside the U.S., and over half of them have received a final deportation order. In announcing a new DOJ report, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared illegal aliens who commit further crimes…

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Synthetic Marijuana Poses Big Problem for Bureau of Prisons

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Spice is originally sold as an incense, but has now swept the military community with controversy as a ‘legal’ designer drug. However, Marine Corps Order 5355.1, issued Jan. 27, directly prohibits the use, distribution, sale and possession of it and others like it.  (Courtesy photo)

By Christopher Zoukis Federal inmates get random urine tests for signs of use of drugs like heroin, cocaine or marijuana. But in the alcohol and drug rehabilitation web newsletter The Fix, former federal inmate turned-writer Seth Ferranti, who served time for an LSD offense, argues the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)…

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Bureau of Prisons Seeks Software to Predict Post-Release Outcomes

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By Christopher Zoukis The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is hoping to find as-yet unrecognized patterns of adaptation and recidivism — which the agency terms “inmate reintegration into the community — by asking software developers to provide information about commercially available software capable of aggregating the various types of data…

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Justice Department Maps New Course on Forensic Science Review

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By Christopher Zoukis Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced April 10 the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not renew an Obama-created advisory panel which has been studying ways to improve forensic science for four years. Instead, DOJ says it plans a series of different steps to bring responsibility for policymaking inside…

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To Boost Health of Aging Inmates, BOP Seeks Better Data Analysis

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By Christopher Zoukis With the general population of federal prisons growing older, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is looking for ways of analyzing its healthcare data in order to improve healthcare services for aging prisoners. Last month, BOP published a document, known as a “request for information,” seeking data and…

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Can BOP Care for Inmate with Leukemia? Appeals Court Splits

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By Christopher Zoukis Jeffrey Rothbard was already on probation for a state conviction for felony forgery. He had used check design software to create two checks, together worth under $8,000, supposedly written by his employer and payable to his wife, when he came up with a new scheme. He created…

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Report: How Private Prison Companies Exercise Influence Over Public Officials

The Federal Bureau of Prisons policies are contained within documents called program statements.

By Christopher Zoukis An October 2016 report released by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a research and policy group that opposes the privatization of government services, details the millions of dollars spent by for-profit prison companies to influence public officials. The report tracks political expenditures by private prison firms, including…

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AG Sessions Maps How Feds Will Fight Violent Crime, Drugs

By Christopher Zoukis In a March 15 session with law enforcement officials in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined the administration’s plans to combat what he described as the beginning of an increase in the nation’s rate of violent crime. Breaking sharply from the Obama administration’s stand, Sessions…

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