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SUPREME COURT HEARING JOHNSON ISSUE IN SENTENCING GUIDELINES CASE

By Raymond Tarlton

The Supreme Court Granted Cert in Beckles v. United States (No. 15-8544), to decide the following issues: (1) Whether Johnson v. United States applies retroactively to collateral cases challenging federal sentences enhanced under the residual clause in United States Sentencing Guidelines (U.S.S.G.) § 4B1.2(a)(2) (defining “crime of violence”); (2) whether Johnson’s constitutional holding applies to the…

BOP Relaxes RDAP Rules

By Raymond Tarlton

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is relaxing certain rules related to the 500 hour Residential Drug Aftercare Program (RDAP).Under the new rules, inmates will be eligible to participate in the program and to receive one year off their custody term—even if they have a violence-related conviction—unless they have been convicted within the past 10…

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