Facing Your Federal Sentencing Hearing and Prison Placement

“It’s surprising how many otherwise competent attorney’s ‘punt’ at the sentencing hearing”: The Federal Lawyer – by Attorney Alan Ellis

For those who are facing their federal prison sentencing hearing today, the Presentence Report is the key to their immediate future prison placement and successful reentry.

PPRS Prison Match™ PSR will be the only online resource for this content, in this format.


Facing Prison
  • In the federal system; more than 86% of those indicted go to prison – Full Stop, (In the state system; greater than 75% of those indicted wind up in prison).
  • After a verdict of guilt, broadly speaking the most important document is the Presentence Report (PSR); healthcare, criminal, family, and financial background of the defendant.
  • After a verdict of guilty, legal teams can do their best to proactively research and make a prison placement recommendation to the court.
Objectives and Goals
  • Providing qualified prison placement recommendations to the court before sentencing, taking into account both security requirements and healthcare needs.
  • Reduce recidivism by matching and nurturing the defendant’s preexisting interest in a particular occupation, trade, or higher education; with an appropriate prison.
One successful example of an existing program:
The LastMile.org, a program started at San Quentin State Prison.
The PSR (Presentence Report) is used by:
  • The judge for sentencing.
  • The BOP to designate, or place the defendant into a particular prison.
  • Probation to supervise after release.
  • Finally, it then becomes a permanent part of the defendant’s record.
  • It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Prison Match™ – Federal; a PSR / Sentencing Preparation Software that matches the defendant to a prison-based on their:
  • Individual healthcare CARE LEVEL needs.
  • Security requirements.
  • Reducing recidivism and creating a successful reentry can start before sentencing by matching the defendant to a facility where they have expressed an interest in either higher learning (college) or in learning a specific occupational trade.