Tag Archives: probation

Addiction

My probation officer came by last week for the first time since my sentencing. He had felt the five-year statutory minimum was already harsh and was surprised to learn I had received 12 years. “Our justice system isn’t perfect,” he … Continue reading

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The Flawed Progression of Child Pornography Sentencing Guidelines

In a previous entry, I wrote about the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for child pornography. Recently, I read a 2009 report written by federal public defender, Troy Stabenow, entitled, Deconstructing the Myth of Careful Study: A Primer on the Flawed Progression … Continue reading

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A Plan

My probation officer (or PO as they’re commonly called) visits me twice a month to check up on me and see how I’m doing. Yesterday he stayed for an hour, and we talked about his experience working in prison as … Continue reading

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Probation

Probation isn’t as awful as I thought it would be. The federal probation officers I’ve met have been surprisingly courteous and, dare I say, compassionate. Their goal isn’t to punish you (that’s what the courts are for) but rather make … Continue reading

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Five to Twenty

Yesterday I received a postcard in the mail from the city police department alerting me that a high-risk sex offender recently moved into the neighborhood. It’s the first time I’ve ever received such a notice, and the timing is ironic. … Continue reading

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