PNO helps individuals who release ahead of their original sentence date because of:
(1) a grant of Presidential clemency or sentence commutation;
(2) a “Drugs Minus Two” sentence modification; or,
(3) shortening of an enhanced sentence imposed under provisions of the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”) that the United States Supreme Court found unconstitutional in United States v. Johnson (2015) and cases which apply Johnson.
Generally, PNO assists individuals returning only to certain geographical areas. At this time PNO primarily assists individuals who will be released to eastern Virginia, DC, Maryland, northern Illinois (Chicago) and eastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). In certain circumstances and if we determine we can provide meaningful assistance we will try to assist individuals returning to other locations. PNO will add additional locations in the future.
How To Apply
An individual who desires and believes they are eligible for PNO’s program must complete and submit an Enrollment Form. Incarcerated individuals may request an Enrollment Form directly from PNO through Corrlinks or through their attorney, a family member, or an authorized member of their support network. Once completed, the Enrollment Form by mail or by fax to the address and numbers shown on our Contact page. The Corrlinks version over Corrlinks or any other email format. (To download the Enrollment Form, click on the button at the bottom of this page.)
After PNO receives a completed Enrollment Form, a Washington D.C.-based staff member will establish email or postal mail contact with the individual and answer immediate questions. When time permits, PNO will assign a Reentry Consultant to work with an individual six months in advance of transfer to a halfway house or to home confinement.
The Reentry Consultant and the individual will determine the best way to communicate: via Corrlinks, postal mail, telephone, video call, or a combination of those. Together the individual and the Reentry Consultant will lay groundwork, make connections, and plan for a successful return.
Although PNO prefers work with individuals before to a halfway house, PNO will accept applications from individuals who are in federal halfway houses.