What is the ‘1’ Thing that Differentiates You from – Everyone Else Entering Your Judge’s Courtroom?
A Shorter Sentence Starts With Preparation
Your Personal Narrative + Reentry Plan + Healthcare History
Presentence Interview Preparation
Presentence Interview (PSI), Narrative, Allocution, and Release/Reentry Plan
While Developing the Best and Appropriate Placement Options
Attorneys know the law – let us ‘prepare’ your client to face this life-altering event called – federal prison.
In Phase 1, Trial or Plea ⇒ Still 98% End Up Guilty,
2nd Phase, Your Presentence Interview Preparation Starts Today
Whether you or your loved one is going into a Camp or Low; when self-surrendering – it’s recommended that counsel call the facility to verify that the court’s documents are on-site before your arrival. Learning that your first several weeks are going to be spent in solitary, after your arrival – is not a great feeling. I was that client.
Once inside, continue your Reentry Plan. 1st) Documenting Everything You Do: Legal Case, this person was denied their ETC (apparently without documented proof to support his/her position)- Learn Why, 2nd) FSA: PATTERN and SPARC-13, your Risk Assessment Survey, which is the first step in your participation in First Step Act Programming. 3rd) Building a New Habit – documenting your daily routine to include the: individual ‘FSA Programs (and how they’ve helped you), the ‘Books; you read (and what you’ve learned), and all of your meetings with Case Managers – Unit Teams, and any ‘BOP Staff’ noting; Date, Time, Name, and Topic – just for your records, in case they have short-term-memories. 4th) Your Financial Responsibility Plan – Note, it is possible that the BOP may expect larger Financial Payments, Our Recommendations – Keep Your Commissary Balance as Low As Possible (if applicable) when you meet with your Case Manager, offer a realistic Monthly ($25 at the Low end) or Quarterly ($100 at the Low end) Number is a big deal – But Refuse, and it may adversely affect any attempts at an early release, so stick with the plan. 5th) Like any large government agency, there will be promises made and not kept, while other things take a long time to get done, so stay focused – and keep working towards going home.
Your 1st day, and from now on. No Infractions in order to get all of your Earned Time Credits and Good Time Credits, find a job, a place to sleep, possibly a trip to the commissary, send an email, or call home. Then over the next days/weeks, begin to document this new temporary venture as you work your way home.
For a personal, one-on-one call with me to discuss your current issue, or that of a loved one, give me a call (240.888.7778). If I cannot answer, please leave me your name, number, and a brief message, as I make every effort to return all of my calls – that same day. Marc
We are not Attorneys, you need legal representation.
Your Presentence Interview
To that end, I found, Physician Presentence Report Service, LLC, so that others will be more prepared than I was, and can start taking back some control of their life. I look forward to meeting you. Dr. MB
The 2nd Phase – Preparing For Your Presentence Interview
PPRS Prison Match™ concentrates on the aspirational goal of providing:
- The lowest possible sentence, along with
- Best and appropriate placement options, understanding that the Court and BOP may choose to ignore these requests for a plethora of reasons.
- While The Federal Bureau of Prisons is not obligated to follow the court’s recommendation, PPRS Prison Match™ has used the BOP’s own reference material with the hope of its granting the court’s request (Example Packet–Alderson).
“My work is to prepare you and your family with your Individual Reentry Plan that employs RDAP (if appropriate), that takes advantage of the Second Chance Act, Cares, and First Step Acts Programming (all if applicable), and shows your Case Managers and Unit Teams the incremental improvements that you have made. Then in a perfect world, without asking, they may offer you access to those benefits.
PPRS Prison Match™ is meant solely to be used as a ‘mitigation aide,’ in the sentencing and prison placement decision-making process. We are not attorneys, you do need legal representation.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
How well you are prepared for your Presentence Interview, may affect your sentence and eligibility for specific Bureau of Prison programs. Biographical Background – Identification Data,
For each client, we create an individual client profile or history.
Once you’ve realized you are the target of an FBI Investigation, you need an attorney. First start interviewing (Look for 12/23/2022, Take Ownership of Your Defense –), and ask questions, until you are comfortable. This is a must because you two are figuratively going to war, and you need to work as a team – as such if you have an idea, your attorneys should give it consideration, and You Too NEED To Be Honest with them regarding the events as they occurred. Believe me, I thought I was, but years later in hindsight, I wasn’t.
|Next is to decide, Trial or Plea. In today’s courtroom, the feds have a 98% conviction rate, but if you and your attorney are confident (remember – just feeling that You are Right, may not matter), then go for it. But if you lose, the prosecutor may ask for a longer sentence.|
|The Day of the Hearing is when you Plead Guilty. It’s unfortunate, but as I just said, in the American Justice System, the Feds have a 98% Conviction Rate – But All Is Not Lost. Why, because there are many options for you to advocate for Yourself that could result in an earlier transition towards freedom.
I can say this (although I didn’t believe it at the time), Your Time in Prison Is TEMPORARY…
It doesn’t matter how long (stay with me) because, there is the ability for you to Self-Advocate, in essence, shorten your sentence through The First Step Act, The Second Chance Act, and Cares Act (albeit this is a bit harder as it was tied to COVID by Presidential Order, and it may be cut short in 6/10/2023), but my go-to point here is that prisons are large confined spaces, and they do not proactively test for COVID frequently.
COVID CARES [as of 6/10/2023, this will end]. Fatigue after COVID can remain after testing negative. It will keep a person from participating in Programming or Prison Activities of Daily Living (PADL) or even Activities of Daily Living (ADL), putting them in the position of getting multiple Infractions. Why the BOP does not appear to have options in place for this eventuality I cannot say, but what I can say is that if the medical and scientific community on the “outside” is mostly prescribing rest (with a plethora of other treatments that the BOP cannot afford), this likely will not be allowed, as there is no BOP policy. Here is an opening for your council. 1) Fatigue After COVID-19 Infection – Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), 2) UC Davis Health – Chronic Fatigue.
RDAP Eligibility should be included in your presentence interview if you are eligible. There is a minimal downside. You are also entitled to Good Time Credit, just don’t get any infractions – no calls on any cell phones, they can trace cell numbers back to you.
STILL, THESE ACTS ARE WORKING
KEEP IN MIND, NOTHING IS GUARANTEED – BUT THIS IS MORE THAN POSSIBLE
Good Time Credit (GTC) = 15% or 54 days off sentence/year (No Infractions)
RDAP = Allows up to 1 year off your sentence, and there is no lifelong negative downside.
First Step Act (FSA) = Up to 1 year off the sentence max, then it is applied to Halfway House Time
Second Chance Act = Can lead to an earlier time in Halfway House and or Home confinement.
CARES Act = A Presidential Order, COVID Dependant, set to end 6/10/2023
|PREPARE FOR YOUR PRESENTENCE INTERVIEW
The Probation Officer, who represents the court, will conduct your interview, and then draft the Presentence Report. As they present it to the court, they can sway the Judge regarding your sentence length and placement.
This process does take work, and there is not much time, at a minimum of 3 months, and you’ll need every hour.
What you will be doing,
1st Is getting copies of all of your medical records – everything: Labs, Diagnostic Tests (MRI, CT, X-Rays, PET Scans, Ultrasounds, both in paper and CD format), Prescriptions for medications and medical devices/glasses/prosthetics, etc., Surgery and Pathology reports plus any other specialized documentation that is required.
If your medications are either on Non-Formulary, or not available [Therapeutic Drug Substitution Program (Page 44, 5/2022)], I suggest first getting your physician to review the BOP Formulary, and then persuade them to appear at your sentencing hearing should there be an issue with ‘continuity of care?’
Next, you’ll need copies of your Highest education level completed, Professional Diplomas, Military Rank and Level at discharge (along with special training), and any Trade or Occupational Certification(s). Don’t forget copies of your Social Security Card, Drivers’ License, and Birth Certificate.
For those, you want to email or call, or have a visit: have their names, email, addresses, and phone numbers written on the back of something from your legal case, in an envelope titled: Legal Mail to bring in with you. At the same time have it mailed to you, 2 days before you get there?
2nd Your NARRATIVE. You will need every inch of 90 days to write your story.
Are you happy with the DOJ’s Narrative that they released to the public via your indictment?
To date, their Narrative of you has been read by your colleagues, family, and friends. It has also been read by your STAKEHOLDERS; your Attorney (and that may be all they know about you), The Prosecutor, The Probation Officer, and most importantly, your JUDGE. Once you enter prison, they will be your Case Manager and Unit Team.
Satisfied? ⇨ No, Let’s rewrite Your Story – Your Narrative.
Learn how powerful your Narrative can be from this Ted Talk. As you write it, this is ‘your story’ in a letter format, 1st person, describing your life from childhood to the present. Include everything – Omit Nothing (Too Long is Best), including parents, siblings, work, jobs, school, and everything until today.
You can then decide if it also gets revised into a < 10-minute video.
Then as it is reviewed and rewritten it will undergo a dozen or so rewrites until it is distilled into its final version of you, where you accepted responsibility for your actions and why you did what you did. It’s your story, a Unique and Honest version of the events that resulted in your arrest.
Your Allocution is the Only time to speak directly with your Judge, and your Narrative has piqued their interest to have this conversation with you – so let’s make it a Great First Impression.
STAKEHOLDERS – are Responsible for Your Growth Into A Law Abiding Citizen, Ask Yourself…
What your attorneys may be doing,
9 Steps – Before the Presentence Interview (PSI), as I see it.
Starting early, reaching out to meet your Probation Officer, provides the opportunity to get your ‘message’ to the officer before they speak with the prosecutor or read the voluminous amount of information supplied by The DOJ online, which is biased against you. That makes sense, right?
Together you will be Role-Playing (Practicing) Your Allocution, and The Sentencing Memorandum.
|The Day of Sentencing and Your Allocution
The Allocution is the first time you and the Judge will meet – a very big moment. This gives the Judge the opportunity to have a conversation with you, most likely because of your Narrative. Make this a sincere 1st impression.
For some Judges like Mark Bennett, a discussion might be more useful, but his basic principles of allocution include:
By Now You’ve taken your 1st step towards Shortening Your Time In Prison
By Matching all your needs and requirements, we are able to provide you and the court with a BOP Placement Request that,
Medical and Mental Healthcare Needs
Psychology Programs – Limited Availability
FSA Programming, and Criminogenic Needs, Risk Assessment
Other factors used in our calculations:
Pattern Risk Scoring_Urban Institute
Care has been taken to pick an appropriate prison facility, based on USSC and BOP Policies and Guidelines.
*There is no guarantee, implied or otherwise of final prison placement, medical, or medication availability, or program enrollment once you’re incarcerated. The BOP has the final say on ‘All Inmate Issues’, placement, and program enrollment once incarcerated.
In addition to the defense teams’ insight as to their background and defense strategy, PPRS Prison Match™ is meant to be used solely as a ‘mitigation aide‘ in the sentencing and prison placement decision-making process.
These are recommendations only from PPRS/PPRSUS, and the final responsibility lies with the legal team, court, and BOP.
If You Suspect You’re The Target of a Federal Investigation | Before The Presentence Interview (PSI) | After The PSI – But Before The Sentencing Hearing | After Sentencing or You’re Already Incarcerated | There Are Still Things We Can Do
For a personal, one-on-one call with me to discuss your current issue, or that of a loved one, give me a call (240.888.7778). If I am unable to answer, please leave me your name, number, and a brief message, as I personally make every effort to return all of my calls – that same day. Marc
We are not Attorneys, you need legal representation.