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Old 02-23-2019, 05:17 PM
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Question His Sentence reduced, my info submitted, what is the HWH/HC process?

My loved one went to court and had sentence reduced. He is planning to go to HWH/HC and submitted my information to parole officer. If his release date is later this year when do you think I should hear something?

Do they call or send letter? I am not sure what to expect.

I guess he should be getting his release paperwork soon as well? From what I have read in the posts I will have to get approval to pick him up? I will also have to send in dress outs, etc.

Thank in advance. I am just a little lost.
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His bop unit team case manager is in charge of all release issues, including half way house placement. They also determine his "unescorted furlough rules" when he leaves the prison, including if you can pick him up. After the CM decides if, and when he will go to a HWH (he will still be a bop prisoner there, just not living in a prison), and the CMs recommendation is approved by the warden, it is sent to the HWH to see if they will have an available bed on that proposed date. If yes, the CM will tell him. If not, he will be told when he can expect to leave for the HWH. All of that takes time. He will have to tell you what is happening.

If the court change to his sentence shortened it enough, he may even be "released from bop custody" at the prison without passing through a HWH. If so, the CM will still set up transportation home, and he will be given a deadline for contacting his federal probation officer to begin his sentence of supervised release.
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Thank you. I have been keeping an eye out either phone or mail. I will ask my loved one what the status is. I want to be prepared ahead of time.


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His bop unit team case manager is in charge of all release issues, including half way house placement. They also determine his "unescorted furlough rules" when he leaves the prison, including if you can pick him up. After the CM decides if, and when he will go to a HWH (he will still be a bop prisoner there, just not living in a prison), and the CMs recommendation is approved by the warden, it is sent to the HWH to see if they will have an available bed on that proposed date. If yes, the CM will tell him. If not, he will be told when he can expect to leave for the HWH. All of that takes time. He will have to tell you what is happening.

If the court change to his sentence shortened it enough, he may even be "released from bop custody" at the prison without passing through a HWH. If so, the CM will still set up transportation home, and he will be given a deadline for contacting his federal probation officer to begin his sentence of supervised release.
Hello again, I was notified that he has to pay part of what he calls the beginning HWH payment now. I was trying to find on PT what other fees will be needed to get into HWH so I can be prepared. Right now my loved one is springing these things on me.

He is getting nervous and I am too because he will be out in about 4 1/2 months. So far he has chosen the HWH he wants to go to. I am not really sure how that works or if they place him where there is a bed.
I guess I will still need to get approved for a pass to take him to get needed DL, medical insurance, etc. He has Diabetes and not sure the HWH will treat inmates in certain medical conditions.

I feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants,, lol

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I never heard of anyone having to pay in advance for a HWH. The only cost I am aware of for "residents" is having to pay 25% of their gross pay from an outside job, and then it is handed over after they receive their paychecks. They no longer are required to pay the 25% once they go from the HWH to home confinement.

He can receive passes from the HWH without having an approved home plan. Once a home plan is confirmed, he will also be allowed to have passes home, up to a weekend in length. The DL pass will be to the DL office, medical passes to his doctor's office, etc. The only prescription meds I was allowed to take at the HWH were the ones prescribed to me while I was living there, or brought with me from the bop prison, so he will probably have to find and pay for his own diabetes drugs.
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Hello again, I was notified that he has to pay part of what he calls the beginning HWH payment now. I was trying to find on PT what other fees will be needed to get into HWH so I can be prepared. Right now my loved one is springing these things on me.

He is getting nervous and I am too because he will be out in about 4 1/2 months. So far he has chosen the HWH he wants to go to. I am not really sure how that works or if they place him where there is a bed.
I guess I will still need to get approved for a pass to take him to get needed DL, medical insurance, etc. He has Diabetes and not sure the HWH will treat inmates in certain medical conditions.

I feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants,, lol

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Just as FBOPNOMORE stated, I have also never heard of anyone having to prepay for a HWH. That is ludicrous. Make sure it's legit and not him asking for you to send him $ in advance. Some HWH give residents a limit as to how much money they can have on them also.

My husband didn't pay anything to the HWH period. He was there for 3-1/2 weeks, 1-1/2 week longer than he was supposed to be there since he was approved for direct HC, but thanks to the wonderful BOP they just sat on his papers to go home and our attorney had to intervene to get them signed. Amazing how once the attorney was in contact, it took less than 2 hours for my husband to get the approval to go home, yet without him his papers to be released just sat on the persons desk.

My husband worked it out so he wouldn't start a job until he was released to HC, which is another reason why he didn't have to pay his 25%.
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Hello again, I was notified that he has to pay part of what he calls the beginning HWH payment now. I was trying to find on PT what other fees will be needed to get into HWH so I can be prepared. Right now my loved one is springing these things on me.

He is getting nervous and I am too because he will be out in about 4 1/2 months. So far he has chosen the HWH he wants to go to. I am not really sure how that works or if they place him where there is a bed.
I guess I will still need to get approved for a pass to take him to get needed DL, medical insurance, etc. He has Diabetes and not sure the HWH will treat inmates in certain medical conditions.

I feel like I am flying by the seat of my pants,, lol

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He can request the HWH based on where he will be living after, but no guarantee that is where they will put him. One guy with my husband at the HWH wanted to be in an IN HWH because his family had moved. He had a job there and everything but there were issues with getting him a PO so the guy wasn't allowed to start the job or go to that HWH for quite awhile. Remember, they're prisoners, so they don't get to just do what they want.

While at the HWH you are still under the BOP and if you don't have your own private insurance they will provide health care for you at their clinics, so he will be able to go to a clinic and get whatever meds he needs. That said, when he is done with the HWH and HC, you're going to want to make sure he is on some sort of insurance so he can continue to get his meds. Without a job, he won't be able to go on to Obamacare until Jan 1 unless it's a catastrophic plan.
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Thank you,, I am going to just put money on books to go to store and nothing else. He tells me that he is now behind on restitution, which I thought is automatically is taken from his account.

I am going to have to start saying NO when these new things pop up. Or unless there a way to confirm with case manager before sending?

Thank you all for the information about medical.
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The only way he will have to pay restitution, etc. while he is a federal prisoner is through the inmate financial responsibility program. The only possible way to "get behind" is if his inmate account doesn't contain sufficient funds when the payment for his IFRP assessment is posted. If that happens, he is placed on commissary restriction until the payments are current. If he owns sufficient outside assets, I can see the government going after forced collection of his restitution while he is locked up, but otherwise they are content to receive whatever the bop sends them.

Two things don't compute. Advance payments to a half way house, and being behind on his restitution. I would be very careful about believing what he is telling you.
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The only way he will have to pay restitution, etc. while he is a federal prisoner is through the inmate financial responsibility program. The only possible way to "get behind" is if his inmate account doesn't contain sufficient funds when the payment for his IFRP assessment is posted. If that happens, he is placed on commissary restriction until the payments are current. If he owns sufficient outside assets, I can see the government going after forced collection of his restitution while he is locked up, but otherwise they are content to receive whatever the bop sends them.

Two things don't compute. Advance payments to a half way house, and being behind on his restitution. I would be very careful about believing what he is telling you.
Thank you, when HWH payment came up and now restitution, red flags went up. Thank you. For all I know he may not even be getting out early. I have been waiting for the date on website to change since he came back from court.

I am trying to stay positive and go with the flow but at the same time protect myself. . His kids and other family are super excited to see him when released in a few months. 13 years is a long time for them.

Will his kids all need to approved for HWH passes? He says people on his vising list are automatically approved but I dont think so.

Thank you so much everyone. This website and folks here are a Godsend. I wish there was a handbook for family members with what to expect post release and hwh faqs and restitution for significant others.
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The half way house will have it's own visiting rules, but mine were only about when, and the maximum number of visitors at one time. The only HWH rules for passes were about where I could go, and they were expanded to allow overnight stays once my home plan was approved. Prior to the approval, I wasn't allowed to go there.

There is one other possibility to explain his unrealistic requests, but it isn't very likely. Other inmates constantly provide inaccurate information (purposefully or mistakenly) that they present as being factual. There was one official looking document that explained all of the government money and benefits available to released prisoners. Enough of it was so obviously false (you qualify for a Social Security disability because you were a prisoner) that I quickly saw that it was BS, but the audience for the misinformation isn't always very sophisticated.

I was able to convince some folks that if it were true, there would be a long line of citizens wanting to go to prison.
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[quote=rockchalk1;7771895]Just as FBOPNOMORE stated, I have also never heard of anyone having to prepay for a HWH. That is ludicrous. Make sure it's legit and not him asking for you to send him $ in advance. Some HWH give residents a limit as to how much money they can have on them also.

My husband didn't pay anything to the HWH period. He was there for 3-1/2 weeks, 1-1/2 week longer than he was supposed to be there since he was approved for direct HC, but thanks to the wonderful BOP they just sat on his papers to go home and our attorney had to intervene to get them signed. Amazing how once the attorney was in contact, it took less than 2 hours for my husband to get the approval to go home, yet without him his papers to be released just sat on the persons desk.

My husband worked it out so he wouldn't start a job until he was released to HC, which is another reason why he didn't have to pay his 25%.[/QUOT

Hey there.... by approved for direct home confinement, what does tha mean. He just had team and was told he would go to a hwh in November but would only be checking in and then allowed to leave? Does that even sound right?
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I don't believe it. Rockchalk1's husband (and a few others who have posted similar reports) were told by the bop that they were approved for direct home confinement, but were sent to a HWH instead. None that I have read about actually got to live at home until the HWH decided to send them there, after considerable delays.

After the bop cancelled a large number of existing HWH contracts, they immediately ran into a shortage of HWH beds, and began sending some prisoners directly to home confinement without going to a HWH first. They were supervised by US Probation Officers instead of by the HWH staff, which is what was done previously. I don't know what happened, or why, but folks started to be given "home confinement dates" that didn't actually put them in HC until they first spent time in a HWH. Before the "change" everyone went to the HWH, and were only sent to HC after completing the HWH's requirements, which were spending 1/2 of the time living in the HWH and also obtaining a paying job. So what is happening now sounds a lot like what was going on prior to the bop's self inflicted "problem".
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You can verify the date change by looking up his case on Pacer. Sounds like you think you are getting suckered. BOP staff do not discuss inmates with outside parties. These requests for funds don't make sense. They are not part of the norm at all. I don't know if you are getting manipulated, but you are being served a load of garbage. There are no exit charges for ending a sentence, it would be interesting to learn where the extra money is going.
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