Signed by President Bush during his presidency term in 2008, the Second Chance Act (SCA) became federal law. Now any prisoner can be considered to be transferred to a halfway home during the last year of their sentence.

To clarify, the Second Chance Act allows any prisoner to be allowed up to twelve months in a halfway home. But the prisoner’s time in a halfway home cannot exceed the 12-month limit. This is a change since the previous iteration of this halfway home placement program—before the Second Chance Act. The previous act only allowed up to six months in a halfway home, or a total of only ten percent of their total incarceration time (whichever was the lesser accumulated term time). Further, the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) is not obligated to extend or decrease current halfway home placements.

But their methods used to help this process reach proper fulfillment. Services like Jail Time Consulting. But how can additional services already help a federal mandate come to fruition? Jail time Consulting can provide assistance with research and document handling; can assess court cases, parse files, communications; also they can channel the latest information directly to you via telephone with the DSCC, Regional CCM Administrators, and the Courts.

From there services like Jail Time Consulting can put together a packet package. This package includes all the accumulated files to speed up the process. This package is then sent to all the staff members of the BOP. They also work to prepare their clients with the tools and knowledge to work with the BOP upon their eligibility. It is in the client’s best interest to know all the ins-and-outs of the SCA process. Obtaining a full twelve month halfway home placement is still a challenge, as many incarcerated men and woman could benefit from the program’s advantages.

It’s important to services such as Jail Time Consulting’s, to provide accurate, and realistic, information to their clients. An inmate will be informed of their current standing as it pertains to their specific case. Every case is unique. Every eligibility is under the pressure of the details: institutional circumstances, and rehabilitation needs. The programs work to progress the inmate into the right channel, by designing the inmate’s letter to the judge and filing a detailed motion to the court to ensure a higher recommendation.

The SCA program has helped many inmates and will continue to do so. However, the process is not always a smooth one. It is highly recommended that any inmate up for eligibility uses a guided program to assist their specific needs and worries.