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Old 09-08-2018, 01:42 PM
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My son is scheduled to be sentenced in mid Sept. His lawyer is going to push for a self surrender into a federal prison. I was just wondering on average how long between sentencing till having to report. Also would he report to where he serving his time or to a local facility?
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My son is scheduled to be sentenced in mid Sept. His lawyer is going to push for a self surrender into a federal prison. I was just wondering on average how long between sentencing till having to report. Also would he report to where he serving his time or to a local facility?
It took about 5 months from sentencing to when my son was to report to federal prison. Yes, he will need to report to where he is serving his time.
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Mine was 6 weeks.
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Between sentencing and my self surrender date - 8 weeks.
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Hopefully he will be told to report to the prison where he will remain. If not (have to report to the US Marshal's office) he will enter the "transit" process, which was the absolutely worst part of my entire sentence.

The first obstacle is to convince the judge to allow him to self surrender, and leave the rest to the bop. If the judge adds a "surrender by date" that can cause him to have to report to the marshals instead of to his designated prison. If that happens, ask his lawyer to file a motion to delay SS until the bop decides where he is going.
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Our lawyer told my husband that it is normally about 3 months if I recall from sentencing to self surrender.

If your son is allowed to self surrender (which is what you want), and he is federally sentenced, then he will most likely have to surrender to a federal facility, which is much better than a local place because you do NOT want him to be escorted by marshals or have to be transported between facilities before he gets to his final place. It can take weeks to get to this destination and they are treated like animals during that time. So, he should do what he can to get to the self surrender facility on his own.

As for timing many judges will let the defendant choose their SS date. That is ultimately what we did. My husband and I beforehand went through dates for what would work best for his SS date and that is what he then asked the judge for and the judge then was willing to honor that request. His sentencing date was September 13 and he SS on Dec 5. If we had asked to wait until after the holidays, we know the Judge would have allowed for that as well.

I know some guys who received SS dates only 6 weeks after their sentencing, which I think is generally the minimum amount of time because the BOP has to process and make the designation to the proper facility.
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Hopefully he will be told to report to the prison where he will remain. If not (have to report to the US Marshal's office) he will enter the "transit" process, which was the absolutely worst part of my entire sentence.
"Diesel therapy" should be outlawed as cruel and unusual punishment.

Riding in a cramped prison bus in shackles for 8 hours between prisons in-state was bad enough, I can't imagine having to endure that for days (or weeks!) on end as you are bused all over the country...
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It took me over 6 months to arrive at my designated prison, which was probably done on purpose (diesel therapy). I wasn't allowed to self surrender, so hopefully folks who are SS, but are still inserted into the transit mess, arrive much sooner.
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My judge specified 45 days, but it ended up being about 9 weeks before I got my report letter with a report date about two weeks later. If he is given self surrender, you can search the BOP Inmat Locator on their website to watch for assignment of his federal inmate number - it will appear as “In Transit”. This is good to know in advance, and it will give you an idea that the report letter is coming.
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In my LO's case, 3 months from sentencing to surrender. Another plus to self-surrendering, in addition to avoiding the misery of BOP's "diesel therapy", is that the mere fact of his designation for self-surrender will lower his classification point total, potentially qualifying him for a lower-security facility.
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Ok, so my friend was sentenced to 90 days at a Federal Prison, where I don't know, as of yet. He was suppose to surrender Feb 4, yesterday. he was asking me a lot of questions about Federal Prisons, and after doing research on Fed vs. State level, seems that Fed is more stricter then State Level. How soon would it be to see where he was sent on the BOP website? I don't have enough knowledge about Federal Prisons only State Level. He didn't like the fact he would have to share a cell with someone, or he couldn't have a cell phone. However I get a sick feeling he just never showed up, why I say this is my gut is saying after attempting to reach him , as he was suppose to foster one of his dogs to me, but never showed up at my home, and his cell phone is still active, it has to make one wonder. What would happen if he didn't show up? a warrant for his arrest? More time? Please give me insight. Thanks!
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Ok, so my friend was sentenced to 90 days at a Federal Prison, where I don't know, as of yet. He was suppose to surrender Feb 4, yesterday. he was asking me a lot of questions about Federal Prisons, and after doing research on Fed vs. State level, seems that Fed is more stricter then State Level. How soon would it be to see where he was sent on the BOP website? I don't have enough knowledge about Federal Prisons only State Level. He didn't like the fact he would have to share a cell with someone, or he couldn't have a cell phone. However I get a sick feeling he just never showed up, why I say this is my gut is saying after attempting to reach him , as he was suppose to foster one of his dogs to me, but never showed up at my home, and his cell phone is still active, it has to make one wonder. What would happen if he didn't show up? a warrant for his arrest? More time? Please give me insight. Thanks!
If he was only sentenced to 90 days in federal prison he was probably sentenced to a camp and 90 days is nothing and much better than state prison. You can look to see if he reported by the federal inmate locator website. He would be a dumbass to go awol if he only had 90 days because now there would probably be more charges against him for not showing up, but not sure.
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If he didn't self surrender, he's in for a massively harder visit with federal prisons. An escape warrant will be hanging over his head until he is apprehended. Then he will be facing escape charges in federal court, and any chance for future benefits, like bond or self surrender, will be gone forever. He might be able to plead insanity for escaping from a 90 day sentence though.
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If he was only sentenced to 90 days in federal prison he was probably sentenced to a camp and 90 days is nothing and much better than state prison. You can look to see if he reported by the federal inmate locator website. He would be a dumbass to go awol if he only had 90 days because now there would probably be more charges against him for not showing up, but not sure.
How long does it take for him to show up on the Federal Prison website? I would hope he just does what he is suppose to do. But the not knowing, and his cell phone is still on, makes me wonder. But thanks for your response!
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He will appear at a bop location on the first day he is in a bop owned prison for the 4PM mandatory count. The locator is updated some time after midnight.

If he is being transported by the US Marshals, it might show "not in bop custody" if he is held in a temporary non bop location.
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He will appear at a bop location on the first day he is in a bop owned prison for the 4PM mandatory count. The locator is updated some time after midnight.

If he is being transported by the US Marshals, it might show "not in bop custody" if he is held in a temporary non bop location.
I'll keep looking at the BOP website and see if his name pops up. I just hope he did the right thing. Prison is prison , no matter what level or whether its a FED or State level. Thanks for letting me know this. M
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In my LO's case, 3 months from sentencing to surrender. Another plus to self-surrendering, in addition to avoiding the misery of BOP's "diesel therapy", is that the mere fact of his designation for self-surrender will lower his classification point total, potentially qualifying him for a lower-security facility.
What is diesel therapy?
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Still not showing up on BOP's website, & here its the 7th of Feb. And his own cell phone is still active. Haven't heard from him since Dec around Xmas. Or a few days prior to the holidays. I care about my friend, we grew up together in SLO county. Guess I will just have sit it out until I hear something. The only thing is I hope he did the right thing and not blew this off. 90 days. Wow.
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Found my friend! He's at MCD Los Angeles. Got his info, register #, and his out date is May 3, 2019. If when searching for him if I had only used his middle ID. and not his full middle name it would have been so much easier. Now on to sending him a letter this morning. "Relief" he surrendered as promised. Thanks everyone!
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Great news. His sentence will be over before he knows it,
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Hi this forum is so important and has so much knowledge . I get sentenced next week (female) looking at anywhere from 4 to 10 years. I wonder what my chances of self surrender are? Trying to get my life in order this week just in case but it is overwhelming.
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It will depend on your sentencing judge. If your lawyer can convince the prosecutor to either agree with having you self surrender, or at least agree to not object to your lawyer's SS motion, you will have a much better chance.

It's a huge benefit, so I hope you are permitted to self surrender. Even so, be prepared to be remanded to immediate custody.
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