Attorney Phone Calls: In order to make an unmonitored legal phone call, you must make arrangements through a member of your unit team. Your request should be written on an Inmate Request to StafJform to your counselor at least 24 hours in advance. A check will be conducted for any legal phone call requests due to an imminent court deadline. (Step 2.3.1)
include the United States Code Annotated, Federal Reporter, Supreme Court Reporter, Bureau of Prisons program statements, institution supplements, indices, and other legal materials. The law library schedule is posted in the Education building. An inmate law library clerk is available for assistance in legal research. Legal materials are also available in the special housing unit ordinarily via an Inmate Request to Staff.
Notary Public: Under the provisions of Title 18 United States Code 4004, certain staff are authorized to administer oaths and to take acknowledgments. Contact you unit team for more details. A recent change in the law allows that a statement to the effect that papers which inmates sign are “true and correct under penalty of perjury” will suffice in federal courts and other federal agencies unless specifically directed otherwise.
Copies of Legal Materials
Freedom of Information (FOI)/Privacy Act of 1974
Inmate Request to Review Central File
Inmate Access to Other Documents
or other documents concerning yourself that are not in your files by submitting a “Freedom of Information Act Request” to the Director of the Bureau of Prisons. Such a request must briefly describe the nature of records wanted and approximate dates covered by the record. You must also provide your register number and date of birth for identification purposes. A request on your behalf by an attorney for your records will be treated as a “Privacy Act Request” if the attorney has forwarded your written consent to disclose materials. If a document is deemed to contain information exempt from disclosure, any reasonable part of the record will be provided to the attorney after the deletion of the exempt portions.
An application for pardon may not be submitted until the expiration of at least 5 years from the date of release from confinement. In cases involving crimes of a serious nature, such as violation of narcotics laws, gun control laws, income tax laws, perjury, and violation of public trust involving personal dishonesty, fraud involving substantial sums of money, violations involving organized crime or crimes of a serious nature, a waiting period of7 years is usually required.
Commutation of Sentence
extended to a prisoner to afford him an opportunity to seek improvement of the sentence imposed. A reprieve differs from a
commutation which is a reduction of a sentence and from a pardon, which is a permanent cancellation of it.