Ending Federal Probation and Supervised Release Now Made Easier

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The upcoming US Sentencing Commission's 2011 Guidelines amendments make terminating federal probation and supervised release easier. PCR Consultants can help clients take advantage of these new rules.

Courts are, for the first time, officially encouraged to terminate federal probation and supervised release early in 'appropriate cases'

The corrections consulting firm PCR Consultants (http://pcr-consultants.com) is excitedly preparing for the new 2011 amendments to the United States Sentencing Guidelines. Among the new amendments which take effect November 1 is one which directly affects those on federal supervision (both probation and supervised release).

Tucked away on page 78 of the Sentencing Commission's "reader friendly" release of the proposed amendments is amendment #5. This amendment would make changes to the application notes to §5D1.2 by adding the following:

"The court is encouraged to exercise [its authority to terminate supervision early] in appropriate cases... For example, the court may wish to consider early termination of supervised release if the defendant is an abuser of narcotics, other controlled substances, or alcohol who, while on supervised release, successfully completes a treatment program, thereby reducing the risk to the public from further crimes of the defendant."

To date, this is the first instance where the U.S. Sentencing Commission has actually promoted the court to cut people loose from supervision through its Guidelines Manual.

Although this change is not a silver-bullet when terminating supervision immediately (the law says you must complete at least one year before applying for early release), it does provide a solid argument to those under federal supervision that have played by the rules, finished any treatment, and want credit for that work.

PCR Consultants offers consulting and documentation support that takes all the guess-work out of asking the Court for early release. Let PCR Consultants (http://pcr-consultants.com/supervised-release) assist you in taking advantage of this new amendment and end your federal probation or supervised release today.


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