I'm Convicted and Going to PrisonIf you didn't have a copy of Busted by the Feds while you were going through your trial, you really need one now!
It's not too late to protect your rights, and to do this you need the book that tells it like it is. Larry Fassler, the author of Busted, has spent over 20 years helping over a thousand inmates prepare appeals and motions in order to get reduced sentences, alterations and retrials. His hard-won knowledge and experience is recorded on every page of Busted by The Feds and made available to you.
Appeals and post-conviction motions are covered fully in Part I of Busted by The Feds and the whole of Part II (50 pages) is dedicated to all the issues of being in prison. The first issue you face is whether or not you should appeal, and how to do it.
On this issue Busted by The Feds is very clear "If you have been convicted after a trial, you should always appeal. If you pled guilty and were sentenced to more time than you think you should have received, or you got more time than you had been told you would get, then you should appeal. An appeal is the only way you can get another court to go back and see if your judge applied the guidelines correctly in your case. If you do not raise those kinds of issues in a direct appeal, you cannot raise them later in a writ."
A Notice of appeal must be lodged within 10 days of your sentencing.
Busted even has forms inside, like the one shown here for a Notice of Appeal, and another for a 2255 Motion--the habeas corpus procedure to ask the court to set aside or alter your sentence. These forms can be photocopied and then filled out, following examples given in the book, to mail to the court. Busted explains the differences between the two procedures, and explains when to use each of them.
There is even a worksheet in the book you can fill out to determine which prison you will go to based on your offense classification. There are listings of mailing addresses for inmates in all Bureau of Prisons facilities and all the prison phone numbers, as well as pages of information about B.O.P. offices and facilities and even maps of the different B.O.P. districts
The following topics are covered in the book:
- General information about the Bureau of Prisons and Doing Time
- Appeals and Writs
- Protect your P.S.I. ! ! !
- P.S.I. Reports & Your Prison Visiting List
- Protecting your legal paperwork and records
- Good Conduct Time
- Prison Transfers
- Drug Treatment Programs & Early Release
- Supervised Release
- Computers in the Bureau of Prisons
- Probation and Supervised Release Violations
- Collateral Consequences (of imprisonment)
- Immigration and Deportation
- Treaty Transfer Prisoners
You will also find addresses and listings of:
- Federal Bureau of Prisons Central & Regional Offices
- Federal Bureau of Prisons Facilities
- Minimum, Low, Medium & High Security Facilities
- Community Corrections Management Offices
- Mailing Addresses for Inmates in Federal Prisons
- Regional Maps of the B.O.P.