Facing Federal Prison
You’ve been indicted, found or plead guilty and are facing federal prison – now what?
A majority of defendants detained and facing prison are not those of sufficient financial means. Once detained they can be held for days—or years before they ever see a courtroom. For all defendants:
- Getting a criminal defense attorney is paramount.
- If access to medications or medical devices (such as a CPAP, eyeglasses, etc.) is necessary, PSR documentation cannot be overstated.
- When entering prison for the first time, it may be helpful to:
- Know what medications are available (on formulary vs. non-formulary), or those requiring a lengthy reauthorization process.
- Know what medications are not available, the defendant may receive a different/similar medication at the discretion of the BOP. Further, these medication issues should be brought up at the sentencing hearing.
- Defendants who appear medically healthy, but have never seen a doctor, now is the time to see a physician for a full physical, and if warranted a mental healthcare evaluation.
- Know which defendants are camp eligible: Federal Prison Camps (FPC) are different than satellite camps as the latter are associated with higher security facilities.
The importance of an advocate is crucial when facing prison. The PSR and Prison Match™ can help be that advocate.
If it’s not included in the PSR it will not be noted to the court upon sentencing, and definitely will not be provided once the defendant is incarcerated.
Upon preliminary completion of the PSR by the legal defense team, probation officers will investigate and perform a Presentence Interview (PSI) of the defendant. Before the PSI, a personal narration written by the defendant can be presented to the probation officer. This hopefully will positively influence their report to the court.