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NACDL is seeking volunteers–lawyers, social workers, and medical professionals–to help seek compassionate release for federal prisoners


The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is looking for volunteers to work on motions for compassionate release under the federal First Step Act. Interested folks can find more information and a sign-up form here.

March 24, 2020


Mass incarceration: the whole pie


Many are calling for the release of prisoners due to the pandemic.  That makes the Prison Policy Initiative’s new graphics showing who is being held in our jails and prisons and why very timely. Take a look at them here.


Appellate arguments by video conference?


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is doing it. Maybe it will be the new trend. Click here to see what one is like.


Information for TPR attorneys


The Marshall Project is tracking the disruption of the foster care system and family visitation during the pandemic. Attorneys involved in TPR can read about the problem here.  Also, Wisconsin courts have drafted FAQs regarding timelines under Chapter 48.  Read them here.


Sample motions for release or modification of bail and supporting affidavits


On Point is constantly updating the “resources for defenders during the pandemic” on its homepage. We’ve recently added: (1) a Motion for Modification of Bail requesting a client’s release due to her health condition and the pandemic; (2) a Motion for Stay of Sentence due to the pandemic; and (3) six affidavits from epidemiologists and […]

March 23, 2020


Columbia Correctional Institution is the second Wisconsin prison with a confirmed COVID-19 case


WKOW and several other outlets are reporting that an employee of Columbia Correctional in Portage has tested positive and been directed to self-quarantine. This is the second confirmed case in Wisconsin; an employee at Waupun tested positive on March 18.


How the restrictions placed on Wisconsin courts compare to those of other state courts


Some of you have asked whether other states have suspended jury trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The answer is “yes.” The National Center for State Courts is tracking the emergency measures being imposed by courts all around the country.  See its state-by-state round-up here.



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