Downtime: A Guide to Federal Incarceration

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This 256 page 7th edition of DownTime was completely rewritten in March of 2005 and reflects the latest changes in Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policy and procedure. DownTime is written with three distinct audiences in mind: Professionals in the legal community who provide support and guidance to defendants, individuals facing federal incarceration and the family members who support them.

DownTime will inform, educate and illustrate the ...

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This 256 page 7th edition of DownTime was completely rewritten in March of 2005 and reflects the latest changes in Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policy and procedure. DownTime is written with three distinct audiences in mind: Professionals in the legal community who provide support and guidance to defendants, individuals facing federal incarceration and the family members who support them.

DownTime will inform, educate and illustrate the challenges faced by men and women during incarceration in a Federal Bureau of Prisons' facility.

Nobody is prepared for incarceration. No matter what people say there is nothing comfortable about spending time in prison. Unfortunately more and more men and women are facing this challenge. DownTime is a guide. DownTime will help readers to overcome their lack of knowledge about incarceration.

The information in DownTime is designed to provide members of the legal community with an excellent source of reference. When properly used this information will allow these professionals to assist their clients through this difficult time. Legal professionals will be provided insight into a facet of the system that, until this time, they had not been exposed to.

DownTime also serves as an excellent reference for inmate's families. Although the primary focus of DownTime is on the inmate, several sections have been included specifically for inmate's family members. The family members of inmates certainly face their own frustrations. Getting processed for visits, communicating family emergencies and dealing with other support issues are all discussed in DownTime.

Nothing can completely alleviate the fear faced by men and women exposed to incarceration. Their only weapons are accurate information, and insight into what they are facing. DownTime helps. The information found in DownTime will assist inmates and their families through this difficult time.

DownTime is organized into eight chapters and five appendices. The sections within each chapter cover specific topics in detail. Each chapter, and the sections they contain, may be read individually. The last section of each chapter is dedicated to frequently asked questions about the material contained in that chapter.

DownTime is, for the most part, organized along chronological lines. Chapter One provides background information about the Bureau of Prisons. Chapters two through six deal with specific periods leading up to and including initial incarceration. Chapter seven deals with some specific areas of interest and Chapter eight addresses the period beginning with release from prison through the initiation of supervised release. Readers will find that the appendices of DownTime are an integral part of the book. They contain a wealth of useful information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971030619
  • Publisher: Novak, David Consulting, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: DAVID NOVAK CONSULTING
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1-The Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
This chapter provides readers with some data about the Bureau of Prisons. Interesting demographic and statistical information covering both the inmate and staff populations of the Bureau of Prisons is included.

Chapter 2-The Process
This chapter provides a brief review, in laymen’s terms, of the basic Federal criminal justice process. This chapter provides readers with some insight into the process from a defendant's point of view. Specific areas covered include denial of bond and remanded custody.

Chapter 3-Before Incarceration
This chapter addresses the time between indictment and incarceration. Common oversights, and how to avoid them, are thoroughly addressed in this chapter. This chapter also addresses some of the housekeeping details individuals should address before their incarceration.

Chapter 4- Inmate Etiquette
This chapter addresses the unwritten rules and regulations of the general inmate population. A number of specific dos and don'ts are addressed.

Chapter 5-Initial Custody
Arrival at the designated Federal Bureau of Prisons facility is reviewed in this chapter. The intake process is addressed systematically. Given the very stressful nature of this period, information in this chapter focuses a great deal of attention upon the processes new inmates will experience during their first several hours of incarceration.

Chapter 6-Admission and Orientation
This chapter focuses on the two to four week Admission and Orientation (A&O) process that new inmates undergo. The orientation process, job assignment and the initial inmate classification are addressed in this chapter. The process of sentence computation is also reviewed.

Chapter 7-The View From Within
This chapter takes an in depth look at different facets of prison life. Recreation, education, religious and social activities are explored in depth. Significant attention is focused upon the maintenance of normalcy during incarceration.

Chapter 8-Release and Community Custody
In this chapter, we address transition from incarceration back to the community. Halfway house and home confinement are discussed as well as the transition to Supervised Release.

Appendix A     
Typical Federal Prison Camp weekday and holiday schedules are provided in this appendix. Although there will always be local variations the schedules provided are typical for a minimum security institution.

Appendix B
An overview of the Bureau of Prisons position on inmate discipline as well as a look at inmates’ rights and responsibilities.

Appendix C     
A glossary of prison terms. Like any culture, inmates have developed their own colorful vernacular. Readers will find the terms included in this appendix entertaining as well as informative.

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  • Anonymous

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    A Glimpse into the unknown...

    When it became apparent I was headed for some time in 'club fed' my attorney strongly suggested that I read this book. I can't begin to tell you what a relief it was to not only educate myself but my family as well about the realities of what we would face - no urban legends, no war stories - this book is filled with insightful information - a must read!

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