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BOP Legally Enacted Rules Restricting Early Release for Drug Treated Prisoners

The Bureau of Prisons acted within its authority by making prisoners who were convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, or had had their sentences enhanced for possession of a dangerous weapon while committing a federal drug offense, ineligible for early release after the completion of a drug treatment program. This court had previously said that the Bureau can't simply declare persons to be statutorily ineligible based on sentencing factors; now it says that the Bureau has authority to promulgate regulations further restricting the group of statutorily eligible prisoners and using sentencing factors as a basis. See: Bellis v. Davis, 186 F.3d 1092 (8th Cir. 1999).

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Bellis v. Davis