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June 27, 2018

Recommending FAMM's great new report "Everywhere and Nowhere: Compassionate Release in the States"

FammFamilies Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) now has at this link its big new report on compassionate release programs authored by Mary Price under the title "Everywhere and Nowhere: Compassionate Release in the States."  Here is how the report and related resources are introduced:

“Everywhere and Nowhere: Compassionate Release in the States,” is a comprehensive, state-by-state report on the early-release programs available to prisoners struggling with certain extraordinary circumstances, such as a terminal or age-related illness.

The report takes a deep dive into the regulations and requirements of these programs in each state, including the varying categories of release, eligibility criteria, and reporting. The analysis also reveals a troubling number of barriers faced by prisoners and their families when applying for early release.

The report is accompanied by a comparison chart, 21 recommendations for policymakers, and 51 individual state memos.

Here are more links to the resources from this report:

And here is an excerpt from the Executive Summary:

We were gratified to learn that 49 states and the District of Columbia provide some means for prisoners to secure compassionate release.  But we were dismayed to discover that very few prisoners actually receive compassionate release.

This report summarizes our findings. It describes the barriers and the best practices we uncovered and illustrates them with selected examples drawn directly from our research on individual states. Above all, we found that every state could improve compassionate release. Accordingly, this report closes with a set of recommendations for policymakers interested in bringing their state programs in line with best practices.

June 27, 2018 at 11:23 AM | Permalink


I do not understand why prisons would not release someone generating large healthcare costs. The sole explanation is to keep beds filled, to prevent budget cuts (use the money or get it cut in the next budget), and employment full. I saw no analysis of this question in the Executive Summary.

I also do not like the H Street, Washington address of this pro-criminal group. It makes me think, it is not families, but a lying billionaire who is against mandatory minimums. Who else can afford the rent there? It is also located in the swamp of subhuman, un-American scum, even if conservative. I lived there for 3 years, and can attest to the effect of that location on people. You cannot help but become a swamp creature. You get to feel you know how people should live better than they do.

Posted by: David Behar | Jun 27, 2018 12:31:36 PM

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