James H. Feldman, Jr., Attorney - 610-649-8200

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Prison Designations and Transfers

Being in prison is always difficult. But it can be even more difficult if the prison is far from home, has a higher security level than necessary (which means harder time), and is not equipped to handle particular medical problems.

Most criminal defense attorneys have no idea how to determine a defendant's likely security level, or how to analyze a Pre-Sentence Report (PSR) for mistakes that could affect prison designation. Most attorneys are also unfamiliar with the medical care ratings the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) gives to each institution and the kinds of information that needs to be in a PSR to ensure that the BOP correctly rates a defendant's medical needs. While many attorneys have heard of the BOP's Residential Drug and Alcohol Program (RDAP), few take the steps necessary to ensure that the PSR contains language which will increase a qualified defendant's chances of being accepted into the program and obtaining a reduction in time. Being approved for the RDAP is important because it can reduce the time served by up to a year.

It is important to have an attorney who can help you determine the best place to do your time and then help to increase your chances of being sent there. When I represent someone at sentencing, I work with a retired BOP Regional Designator (in which capacity he was a classification expert and programs specialist) and former Jail Administrator, who advises me so that I can do everything possible to ensure my clients receive the best possible designation. When medical concerns are an issue, I work with a former Assistant Director of the BOP who was responsible for the formulation and implementation of health care for the agency.

Since 1989, my practice has focused primarily on federal plea negotiations and post-conviction defense, including prison designations and transfers. Because I handle only a few cases at a time, I can devote the time it takes to do my best for each client. And because I have a highly focused practice, I am able to offer the quality of work normally associated with big firms, but with the personal attention and affordability expected from a small firm.

My office is located in suburban Philadelphia, but I handle federal prison designations and transfers throughout the United States.

If you or a loved one needs an attorney who regularly assists people with federal prison designations and transfers, please call (610) 649-8200, or click here to send an e-mail to discuss how I can help.

Links to Articles Relevant to Prison Designation

BOP Revamps Prison Designation Process (with Alan Ellis and J. Michael Henderson), The Champion, December 2007

Reducing Recidivism: The Bureau of Prisons Comprehensive Residential Drug Abuse Program (with Alan Ellis and J. Michael Henderson), The Champion, July 2006

Securing A Favorable Federal Prison Placement (with Alan Ellis and J. Michael Henderson), The Champion, April 2006

Links to Other Resources

Federal Bureau of Prisons: http://www.bop.gov/

Prisoner Visitation and Support: http://www.prisonervisitation.org/

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