Prison Advice: A New Breed of Inmate Advocate

Prison is a scary word. Just that one small, simple word can strike fear into the heart of even the toughest person. If you have been sentenced to federal or state prison, you and your loved ones may be having a very hard time understanding and accepting the reality of what exactly is going on right now. Fear, confusion, anxiety, and a whole host of other emotions are running through your head. What will it be like? Will it be like in the movies? Who will make sure things are taken care of while I'm away? Can I trust the prison system to treat me fairly?

At Allenatore Esposito & Raffin, we understand what you're going through, whether you're an inmate entering the prison system, or whether you're the loved one of someone who has been placed in prison. We have all seen television shows and movies in which inmates have a hard time dealing with life in prison; these prevalent images can cause even more anxiety when dealing with someone you love being sentenced to prison.

Inmate advocates, like Allenatore Esposito & Raffin, exist to make sure that our clients' time in prison is not the scary, difficult experience that is depicted in so much of the media. While we are based in California, and have extensive experience working on behalf of inmates incarcerated in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), we are able to work as an advocate for inmates and their families in any state. We are also considered one of the nation’s foremost Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) experts.

Experienced and knowledgeable in the prison appeals process, we’ll make sure that your basic human rights are respected and protected and that you receive better than just “adequate” prison medical care. We will help you survive this experience with your dignity intact. We educate inmates and their families as to their rights and explain, in detail, how we can help them fully exercise those rights. Too often we find that inmates and their families are uninformed regarding the prison appeals process and, as a result, mistreatment is endemic. We began our advocacy firm to change that.

Prison appeals can be a complicated maze to navigate and each of our clients are fully informed of the process and how the staff here at Allenatore, Esposito & Raffin can best utilize it to protect their rights, be they in a federal or state prison.

The proper, timely dispensation of prison medical treatment is another focus of our firm. We understand that different inmates require different levels of care and treatment - from drug rehabilitation to psychological counseling. Once again, the sad fact is that the institutional system in this country pays little attention to those in need of Prison medical care.

Our firm advocates for those in need; fighting to get inmates into Federal Bureau of Prisons programs and ensuring their prison medical needs are met. Obtaining even minimal prison medical treatment can seem nearly impossible at times - having an advocate on your side helps tremendously. Prison medical issues are of the utmost important at Allenatore Esposito & Raffin. We believe that every inmate needs to know and understand his or her rights under the law - and that each deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Ultimately, we began our firm in order to act as an advocate for prisoners and their families. We dispense prison advice for those who are entering the system, who are already in the system, or for the loved ones on the outside who are left feeling helpless. Accurate prison advice is crucial in determining whether an inmate and/or their loved ones will be turned into victims of the system, or whether they will be armed with the knowledge, and assistance, needed to protect their rights.

Many defense attorneys, sadly, are uninformed when it comes to institutional appeals and the process involved in challenging various institutional actions; this can cause incorrect information to be dispensed to those living life behind bars, and to their families – often with severe and irreversible consequences. Allenatore, Esposito & Raffin offers timely, accurate prison advice that helps provide inmates and their families both the peace of mind they crave and the prison medical treatment that they need. The prison system can be complicated...we simplify it. Please call us well before you begin to feel that you've run out of options. Please call our Los Angeles office at 310-899-1400; or, visit us online at: for more information. Let us go to work for you and your loved ones.

By: Eric Raffin; Managing Member, Allenatore, Esposito & Raffin, LLC - October 6, 2010

Allenatore, Esposito & Raffin, LLC. is one of the foremost firms in prison consulting today. AER’s consultants provides its clients, families, and criminal defense attorneys accurate, exhaustively researched legal and counseling services.

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