How Prisoners on the Verge of Freedom Are Getting Screwed by the Feds

Residential re-entry centers provide certain rehabilitative services for people who may have been in prison for decades, the basic idea being that kicking a person back into the world without a job or a support network is likely to land them back where they started.

In October, Reuters broke the news that 16 halfway houses were closing, as groups such as Families Against Mandatory Minimums began receiving complaints from inmates having their pre-approved time in residential reentry taken away. More recently, the BOP quietly revised its statement of work for such programs, eliminating cognitive behavior and drug treatment requirements. Evidence points to a hastily executed decision with little coordination, the reverberations of which are being felt by a number of prisoners nationwide.

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