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The Broken Promise Of Compassionate Release

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Published on Jul 9, 2012

A week before his death, Phillip Smith tells of the practical and human costs of the federal Bureau of Prisons' fundamentally flawed implementation of the statute that allows sentence reductions for terminally ill federal prisoners.

For links to pleadings in Phillip's legal case, go to Putting The Compassion Into "Compassionate Release" http://circuit9.blogspot.com/2012/03/...

For federal defenders' 2007 legal objections to the BOP's rules, go to Neglected Compassion: Reduction Of Federal Prison Terms Under 18 U.S.C. ยง 3582(c)(1) http://circuit9.blogspot.com/2007/05/...

For information on BOP policies and practices resulting in over-incarceration, including the failure to fully implement the second look statute, go to GAO Shows BOP How To Save Millions By Implementing Ameliorative Sentencing Statutes http://circuit9.blogspot.com/2012/05/...

For information regarding an organization that seeks to change the BOP's compassionate release policy, go to Families Against Mandatory Minimums http://www.famm.org/

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