Law360 and Bloomberg Insights publish articles by Alan Ellis

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Alan Ellis, attorney and founder of The Law Offices of Alan Ellis, recently had two articles publish, the first on Bloomberg Insights and the second on Law360.

Alan Ellis, attorney and founder of The Law Offices of Alan Ellis, recently had two articles publish in prominent legal publications.

Published on January 9, 2020 on Bloomberg Insights, “The First Step Act – Earned Time Credits on the Horizon” is the fourth article in a series by Alan Ellis. Co-authored by Mark Allenbaugh and Nellie Klein, the article reviews the new PATTERN risk assessment tool currently being rolled out by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as part of the First Step Act’s recidivism reduction efforts. PATTERN is intended to provide eligible prisoners the opportunity to earn time credits—not to be confused with good conduct time—that can be used for expanded pre-release custody options, such as release to a halfway house or home confinement. The article notes some impediments to full implementation as well as criticism this new tool already is receiving. To read the article, click here.

In “High Court Should Restore Sentencing Due Process,” published by Law360 last November, Ellis and Allenbaugh discuss two cases involving the use of acquitted conduct at sentencing now being considered for cert by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is expected that the Court, should it grant cert, will hold the use of acquitted conduct unconstitutional thereby finally overturning Watts. The article—a must read—discusses the implications of such a holding on the use of dismissed and even uncharged conduct. Subscribers to Law360 can click here to read the article.

About the Law Offices of Alan Ellis
With offices in San Francisco and New York, The Law Offices of Alan Ellis is a federal sentencing, prison and post-conviction, appeal and 2255 motion law firm representing federal criminal defendants and inmates throughout the United States. Alan Ellis, a past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Fulbright Award recipient, is a criminal defense lawyer with more than 50 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of federal plea bargaining, sentencing, prison matters, appeals, and habeas corpus 2255 motions with more than 120 articles and books and 70 lectures, presentations and speaking engagements to his credit. He is the author of the widely acclaimed Federal Prison Guidebook, now in its 11th edition. For more information visit,

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