Home Confinement Restrictions

Prison Life

Sep 01

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 |

Chris was scheduled to go to home confinement in late June provided they gave him his full six months of advanced release. He found out today that they are only giving him 47 days of home confinement time.

Apparently, there is a sliding scale restriction on home confinement depending on sentence length. Generally, the rule provides for an early release of six months to home confinement or halfway house, but home confinement cannot exceed 10% of sentence length. Chris got caught in this rule since he had a short sentence. He was not aware of this rule.

However, Chris could have left Butner in June if he was being released to halfway house.  Chris’ probation officer is agreeable for his release to a halfway house. The benefit is that the halfway house can release him to home confinement when they feel it is appropriate, not subject to the above 10% restriction. The probation officer is willing to help him get his date changed for an earlier release to halfway house.

However, the case manager is refusing to make any changes to his paperwork to facilitate the change. She really didn’t give him a good reason, besides the fact that she thinks her job is done with his file.  The BOP case management personnel are lazy and just don’t care about the guys. It is very common for them to lose paperwork and let open files just sit on their desk using the excuse that they haven’t gotten it back yet. This hassle is very common.

Family Health and Financial Problems Aggravate the Situation

Chris has not been treated here to the same level of care that he had on the street. He was really looking forward to getting back to his doctors. To make things worse, his wife and son have very serious health issues as well.  They cannot take care of themselves physically and financially. The family may lose their house to foreclosure, and are struggling just to get the money for their medicines.   The case manager told him that she could care less about his personal problems.

Chris’ wife will try to get his attorney and probation officer to intervene with the case manager, or someone, to get his revised paperwork processed. No telling how long that will take. This is typical government BS and very sad.

I hope this resolves itself positively.