- CR Webinar Presentation.pdf
- National Reentry Resources
- Obtaining Medical Records from the BOP New Protocol
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to roil social, political, and economic life, its impact on prisons has been profound. Federal prisoners — many of whom are elderly or suffer from chronic health conditions — are on lockdown, unable to practice true social distancing, and waiting anxiously for the risk of infection to recede. In the meantime, prisoners and their lawyers — including volunteer attorneys recruited and supported by the Compassionate Release Clearinghouse — have filed thousands of compassionate release motions in federal courts across the country and thousands more are in the works.
This webinar is a rapid-fire overview of the compassionate release legal framework, the process, best practices, and the latest legal developments. Practitioners in the field and long-time experts discuss grounds for compassionate release including COVID-19 and other sentencing developments; the compassionate release exhaustion requirement; getting and analyzing clients’ medical records; how to strategize when filing motions outside of your home district; helping create a reentry plan; and dealing with detainers.
Presented by Mira Baylson, member, Cozen O'Connor; Elizabeth Blackwood, Counsel & Project Director, First Step Act Resource Center, NACDL; Justine Harris, partner, Sher Tremonte; Lisa Mathewson, Law Offices of Lisa A. Mathewson; JaneAnne Murray, Professor of Practice, University of Minnesota Law School; Shazzie Naseem, partner, Berkowitz Oliver; Avery Pollard, associate, Zuckerman Spaeder; Marjorie Peerce, partner, Ballard Spahr; and Mary Price, General Counsel, FAMM. Topic-specific segments are below.
[see materials attached]