U.S. Supreme Court: RELEASE DATE.Lopez v. Davis 121 S.Ct. 714 (2001). A federal prisoner convicted of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus Noun 1. writ of habeas corpus - a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge
judicial writ, writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer challenging a federal Bureau of Prisons Noun 1. Federal Bureau of Prisons - the law enforcement agency of the Justice Department that operates a nationwide system of prisons and detention facilities to incarcerate inmates sentenced to imprisonment for federal crimes
BoP (BOP) regulation. The regulation categorically denied early release to prisoners, based on completion of a drug treatment program, if a prisoner's current offense was a felony attended by the carrying, possession or use of a firearm. The district court granted the petition and the appeals court reversed. The United States Supreme Court United States Supreme Court: see Supreme Court, United States. held that the BOP had the discretion, under the governing federal statute, to promulgate To officially announce, to publish, to make known to the public; to formally announce a statute or a decision by a court. a regulation that categorically denies early release to prisoners whose felonies involved the use of a firearm. The court noted that the statute provided that the BOP "may" reduce the sentence of a nonviolent offender who has successfully completed a drug treatment program, and the statute did not limit the considerations the BOP could use to guide its decisions, and the BOP was not requir ed to make only individualized in·di·vid·u·al·ize
tr.v. in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·es
1. To give individuality to.
2. To consider or treat individually; particularize.
3. determinations or to consider only postconviction conduct. (Federal Bureau of Prisons)