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  • Government Name: Eric Van Buren
  • Register Number: 11044-068
  • Age:42
  • Time Served:14 years
  • Home Town:Washington D.C.
  • Sentence:LIFE
  • Current Charge:Drug Conspiracy
  • Alias:Big Erk, Freckle Face, Beezer
  • Release Date:Clemency Candidate
  • Prison Affiliation:Another Chance 4 Legal (AC4L)
  • Circle of Influence:Marcus Martin, Another Chance 4 Legal
  • Institution:USP Canaan
  • There is no honor in coming to prison. It does NOT make you a man.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Playing Politics Again?

    On February 16, 2017, President Trump gave an electrifying condemnation of the media at large. It was outrageous, however, what was more outrageous, to this 43 year old black man doing LIFE in prison for a non-violent drug offense, was that Trump stated he would love to speak with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Rep. Elijah Cummings about the problems of the “inner city”.  According to Trump neither Cummings or the CBC reached out to him about it. Trump accused the CBC... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform Beyond 2016

    The holidays are approaching and still the U.S. Congress has yet to move or act on any agenda surrounding prison reform. Criminal (prison) and social reform has become race and class-based issues that seem to be off “the radar” for most politicians who only give lip service to its importance. For many of us who are affected by Congress’ persistent inaction, times like these have become all too familiar and frustrating. The War on Drugs lives on, destroying minority... READ MORE

  • Legal Update: Criminal Sentencing

    Traditionally, it has not been the guilt or innocence of a defendant, but the SENTENCE, thereto imposed, that has shaken the very foundation of our communities. 2016 may be one of the best years in ALL the history of criminal SENTENCING. All of you who follow me know why I believe that the criminal justice system has been ONE OF THE DRIVING FORCES behind the decimation of minority communities. The UNIT in the home makes up the NEIGHBORHOOD, the neighborhood the COMMUNITY, the... READ MORE

  • No Oversight, No Balance

    As a blogger on Live from Lockdown, my job is to write on interesting subjects from a unique and fresh perspective that appeal to a target audience. I am an advocate for criminal justice reform, the Co-Founder of The TAWL Foundation, the author of (among other books) The Art of Winning Litigation.  I consider my audience to be broad and multi-dimensional. Their realities and individual concerns drastically differ from their collective concerns. It is my job to transcend these different... READ MORE

  • Is love the key to criminal justice reform and stopping police shootings?

    For anyone who knows me, I am very passionate about criminal justice reform. I believe it is a MAJOR root to today’s social problems. Being a black man, the potential for violence to erupt between young black men and the police was as real as using the drive-thru at McDonald’s. It was just a FACT. We literally would not drive down certain roads in Washington D.C.  Why? Because we knew better. Dallas Police Shootings This week there has been more tragedy than I believe any of us... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform and the Obama Administration

    This blog post is to give a heads up about what is good on the legal front. All prisoners who came to prison after 2008 should NOT listen to those who criticize the Obama Administration for doing NOTHING. All the jail house lawyers will tell you the biggest difference in law now is that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claims filings do not take 12-36 months to be answered. Moreover, the most sentencing reform in history has been effected during the tenure of the Obama... READ MORE

  • Clemency Project 2014: Obama’s Legacy Initiative Foiled!

      I hate to say I told you so, but . . . FAMM [Families Against Mandatory Minimums] contacted thousands of prisoners to tell them that if you do not have an attorney for clemency, you will have to file your clemency petition yourself. This is why I do what I do and all the organizations I work for do what they do. We are tired of this. We already do not trust in the justice system. Although clemency is a request for leniency, these are special circumstances. Constitutionally, many... READ MORE

  • The Art of Winning Litigation

    Hello my name is Eric Van Buren, the author of The Art of Winning Litigation.  In 2006, using The Art of Winning Litigation, I got my case remanded by the Supreme Court. In doing so, I was introduced to an all too familiar experience for criminal litigants- the lawyer who doesn’t really care about YOU! My LIFE sentence was subsequently re-affirmed, due to my counsel’s neglect. What neglect? He neglected to listen to my warning that if he filed the motion he intended to, on my... READ MORE

  • Justice Scalia: A Rebel in His Own Regard

    In the wake of the death of one of the mightiest Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia, let’s reflect.  No matter what side you find yourself on, and it may be both,  it is clear Justice Scalia stood on his own principles and for the U.S. Constitution. When looked at objectively we all should appreciate Justice Scalia’s body of work. Sentencing Reform If we take today’s sentencing reform as a measure of the complexity of Justice Scalia’s profound outlook on each... READ MORE

  • How to Deal with Medical Issues in Prison

    Many people ask Another Chance 4 Legal and The Art of Winning Litigation foundations for guidance with their or a loved one’s medical issues in prison. What this blogpost will do is breakdown a proven successful method to properly exhaust and forward your medical claim(s) in the court. This is NOT a treatise on how to file a Prison Litigation Reform Act or Federal Tort Claim Act Claim. See Roma v. United States, 344 F.3d 352, 362 (3d Cir. 2003). As you may or may not know, prisoners... READ MORE

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  • Congressional Black Caucus Playing Politics Again?

    On February 16, 2017, President Trump gave an electrifying condemnation of the media at large. It was outrageous, however, what was more outrageous, to this 43 year old black man doing LIFE in prison for a non-violent drug offense, was that Trump stated he would love to speak with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Rep. Elijah Cummings about the problems of the “inner city”.  According to Trump neither Cummings or the CBC reached out to him about it. Trump accused the CBC... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform Beyond 2016

    The holidays are approaching and still the U.S. Congress has yet to move or act on any agenda surrounding prison reform. Criminal (prison) and social reform has become race and class-based issues that seem to be off “the radar” for most politicians who only give lip service to its importance. For many of us who are affected by Congress’ persistent inaction, times like these have become all too familiar and frustrating. The War on Drugs lives on, destroying minority... READ MORE

  • Legal Update: Criminal Sentencing

    Traditionally, it has not been the guilt or innocence of a defendant, but the SENTENCE, thereto imposed, that has shaken the very foundation of our communities. 2016 may be one of the best years in ALL the history of criminal SENTENCING. All of you who follow me know why I believe that the criminal justice system has been ONE OF THE DRIVING FORCES behind the decimation of minority communities. The UNIT in the home makes up the NEIGHBORHOOD, the neighborhood the COMMUNITY, the... READ MORE

  • No Oversight, No Balance

    As a blogger on Live from Lockdown, my job is to write on interesting subjects from a unique and fresh perspective that appeal to a target audience. I am an advocate for criminal justice reform, the Co-Founder of The TAWL Foundation, the author of (among other books) The Art of Winning Litigation.  I consider my audience to be broad and multi-dimensional. Their realities and individual concerns drastically differ from their collective concerns. It is my job to transcend these different... READ MORE

  • Is love the key to criminal justice reform and stopping police shootings?

    For anyone who knows me, I am very passionate about criminal justice reform. I believe it is a MAJOR root to today’s social problems. Being a black man, the potential for violence to erupt between young black men and the police was as real as using the drive-thru at McDonald’s. It was just a FACT. We literally would not drive down certain roads in Washington D.C.  Why? Because we knew better. Dallas Police Shootings This week there has been more tragedy than I believe any of us... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform and the Obama Administration

    This blog post is to give a heads up about what is good on the legal front. All prisoners who came to prison after 2008 should NOT listen to those who criticize the Obama Administration for doing NOTHING. All the jail house lawyers will tell you the biggest difference in law now is that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claims filings do not take 12-36 months to be answered. Moreover, the most sentencing reform in history has been effected during the tenure of the Obama... READ MORE

  • Clemency Project 2014: Obama’s Legacy Initiative Foiled!

      I hate to say I told you so, but . . . FAMM [Families Against Mandatory Minimums] contacted thousands of prisoners to tell them that if you do not have an attorney for clemency, you will have to file your clemency petition yourself. This is why I do what I do and all the organizations I work for do what they do. We are tired of this. We already do not trust in the justice system. Although clemency is a request for leniency, these are special circumstances. Constitutionally, many... READ MORE

  • The Art of Winning Litigation

    Hello my name is Eric Van Buren, the author of The Art of Winning Litigation.  In 2006, using The Art of Winning Litigation, I got my case remanded by the Supreme Court. In doing so, I was introduced to an all too familiar experience for criminal litigants- the lawyer who doesn’t really care about YOU! My LIFE sentence was subsequently re-affirmed, due to my counsel’s neglect. What neglect? He neglected to listen to my warning that if he filed the motion he intended to, on my... READ MORE

  • Justice Scalia: A Rebel in His Own Regard

    In the wake of the death of one of the mightiest Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia, let’s reflect.  No matter what side you find yourself on, and it may be both,  it is clear Justice Scalia stood on his own principles and for the U.S. Constitution. When looked at objectively we all should appreciate Justice Scalia’s body of work. Sentencing Reform If we take today’s sentencing reform as a measure of the complexity of Justice Scalia’s profound outlook on each... READ MORE

  • How to Deal with Medical Issues in Prison

    Many people ask Another Chance 4 Legal and The Art of Winning Litigation foundations for guidance with their or a loved one’s medical issues in prison. What this blogpost will do is breakdown a proven successful method to properly exhaust and forward your medical claim(s) in the court. This is NOT a treatise on how to file a Prison Litigation Reform Act or Federal Tort Claim Act Claim. See Roma v. United States, 344 F.3d 352, 362 (3d Cir. 2003). As you may or may not know, prisoners... READ MORE

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  • Congressional Black Caucus Playing Politics Again?

    On February 16, 2017, President Trump gave an electrifying condemnation of the media at large. It was outrageous, however, what was more outrageous, to this 43 year old black man doing LIFE in prison for a non-violent drug offense, was that Trump stated he would love to speak with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Rep. Elijah Cummings about the problems of the “inner city”.  According to Trump neither Cummings or the CBC reached out to him about it. Trump accused the CBC... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform Beyond 2016

    The holidays are approaching and still the U.S. Congress has yet to move or act on any agenda surrounding prison reform. Criminal (prison) and social reform has become race and class-based issues that seem to be off “the radar” for most politicians who only give lip service to its importance. For many of us who are affected by Congress’ persistent inaction, times like these have become all too familiar and frustrating. The War on Drugs lives on, destroying minority... READ MORE

  • Legal Update: Criminal Sentencing

    Traditionally, it has not been the guilt or innocence of a defendant, but the SENTENCE, thereto imposed, that has shaken the very foundation of our communities. 2016 may be one of the best years in ALL the history of criminal SENTENCING. All of you who follow me know why I believe that the criminal justice system has been ONE OF THE DRIVING FORCES behind the decimation of minority communities. The UNIT in the home makes up the NEIGHBORHOOD, the neighborhood the COMMUNITY, the... READ MORE

  • No Oversight, No Balance

    As a blogger on Live from Lockdown, my job is to write on interesting subjects from a unique and fresh perspective that appeal to a target audience. I am an advocate for criminal justice reform, the Co-Founder of The TAWL Foundation, the author of (among other books) The Art of Winning Litigation.  I consider my audience to be broad and multi-dimensional. Their realities and individual concerns drastically differ from their collective concerns. It is my job to transcend these different... READ MORE

  • Is love the key to criminal justice reform and stopping police shootings?

    For anyone who knows me, I am very passionate about criminal justice reform. I believe it is a MAJOR root to today’s social problems. Being a black man, the potential for violence to erupt between young black men and the police was as real as using the drive-thru at McDonald’s. It was just a FACT. We literally would not drive down certain roads in Washington D.C.  Why? Because we knew better. Dallas Police Shootings This week there has been more tragedy than I believe any of us... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform and the Obama Administration

    This blog post is to give a heads up about what is good on the legal front. All prisoners who came to prison after 2008 should NOT listen to those who criticize the Obama Administration for doing NOTHING. All the jail house lawyers will tell you the biggest difference in law now is that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claims filings do not take 12-36 months to be answered. Moreover, the most sentencing reform in history has been effected during the tenure of the Obama... READ MORE

  • Clemency Project 2014: Obama’s Legacy Initiative Foiled!

      I hate to say I told you so, but . . . FAMM [Families Against Mandatory Minimums] contacted thousands of prisoners to tell them that if you do not have an attorney for clemency, you will have to file your clemency petition yourself. This is why I do what I do and all the organizations I work for do what they do. We are tired of this. We already do not trust in the justice system. Although clemency is a request for leniency, these are special circumstances. Constitutionally, many... READ MORE

  • The Art of Winning Litigation

    Hello my name is Eric Van Buren, the author of The Art of Winning Litigation.  In 2006, using The Art of Winning Litigation, I got my case remanded by the Supreme Court. In doing so, I was introduced to an all too familiar experience for criminal litigants- the lawyer who doesn’t really care about YOU! My LIFE sentence was subsequently re-affirmed, due to my counsel’s neglect. What neglect? He neglected to listen to my warning that if he filed the motion he intended to, on my... READ MORE

  • Justice Scalia: A Rebel in His Own Regard

    In the wake of the death of one of the mightiest Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia, let’s reflect.  No matter what side you find yourself on, and it may be both,  it is clear Justice Scalia stood on his own principles and for the U.S. Constitution. When looked at objectively we all should appreciate Justice Scalia’s body of work. Sentencing Reform If we take today’s sentencing reform as a measure of the complexity of Justice Scalia’s profound outlook on each... READ MORE

  • How to Deal with Medical Issues in Prison

    Many people ask Another Chance 4 Legal and The Art of Winning Litigation foundations for guidance with their or a loved one’s medical issues in prison. What this blogpost will do is breakdown a proven successful method to properly exhaust and forward your medical claim(s) in the court. This is NOT a treatise on how to file a Prison Litigation Reform Act or Federal Tort Claim Act Claim. See Roma v. United States, 344 F.3d 352, 362 (3d Cir. 2003). As you may or may not know, prisoners... READ MORE

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  • Congressional Black Caucus Playing Politics Again?

    On February 16, 2017, President Trump gave an electrifying condemnation of the media at large. It was outrageous, however, what was more outrageous, to this 43 year old black man doing LIFE in prison for a non-violent drug offense, was that Trump stated he would love to speak with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Rep. Elijah Cummings about the problems of the “inner city”.  According to Trump neither Cummings or the CBC reached out to him about it. Trump accused the CBC... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform Beyond 2016

    The holidays are approaching and still the U.S. Congress has yet to move or act on any agenda surrounding prison reform. Criminal (prison) and social reform has become race and class-based issues that seem to be off “the radar” for most politicians who only give lip service to its importance. For many of us who are affected by Congress’ persistent inaction, times like these have become all too familiar and frustrating. The War on Drugs lives on, destroying minority... READ MORE

  • Legal Update: Criminal Sentencing

    Traditionally, it has not been the guilt or innocence of a defendant, but the SENTENCE, thereto imposed, that has shaken the very foundation of our communities. 2016 may be one of the best years in ALL the history of criminal SENTENCING. All of you who follow me know why I believe that the criminal justice system has been ONE OF THE DRIVING FORCES behind the decimation of minority communities. The UNIT in the home makes up the NEIGHBORHOOD, the neighborhood the COMMUNITY, the... READ MORE

  • No Oversight, No Balance

    As a blogger on Live from Lockdown, my job is to write on interesting subjects from a unique and fresh perspective that appeal to a target audience. I am an advocate for criminal justice reform, the Co-Founder of The TAWL Foundation, the author of (among other books) The Art of Winning Litigation.  I consider my audience to be broad and multi-dimensional. Their realities and individual concerns drastically differ from their collective concerns. It is my job to transcend these different... READ MORE

  • Is love the key to criminal justice reform and stopping police shootings?

    For anyone who knows me, I am very passionate about criminal justice reform. I believe it is a MAJOR root to today’s social problems. Being a black man, the potential for violence to erupt between young black men and the police was as real as using the drive-thru at McDonald’s. It was just a FACT. We literally would not drive down certain roads in Washington D.C.  Why? Because we knew better. Dallas Police Shootings This week there has been more tragedy than I believe any of us... READ MORE

  • Criminal Justice Reform and the Obama Administration

    This blog post is to give a heads up about what is good on the legal front. All prisoners who came to prison after 2008 should NOT listen to those who criticize the Obama Administration for doing NOTHING. All the jail house lawyers will tell you the biggest difference in law now is that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claims filings do not take 12-36 months to be answered. Moreover, the most sentencing reform in history has been effected during the tenure of the Obama... READ MORE

  • Clemency Project 2014: Obama’s Legacy Initiative Foiled!

      I hate to say I told you so, but . . . FAMM [Families Against Mandatory Minimums] contacted thousands of prisoners to tell them that if you do not have an attorney for clemency, you will have to file your clemency petition yourself. This is why I do what I do and all the organizations I work for do what they do. We are tired of this. We already do not trust in the justice system. Although clemency is a request for leniency, these are special circumstances. Constitutionally, many... READ MORE

  • The Art of Winning Litigation

    Hello my name is Eric Van Buren, the author of The Art of Winning Litigation.  In 2006, using The Art of Winning Litigation, I got my case remanded by the Supreme Court. In doing so, I was introduced to an all too familiar experience for criminal litigants- the lawyer who doesn’t really care about YOU! My LIFE sentence was subsequently re-affirmed, due to my counsel’s neglect. What neglect? He neglected to listen to my warning that if he filed the motion he intended to, on my... READ MORE

  • Justice Scalia: A Rebel in His Own Regard

    In the wake of the death of one of the mightiest Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia, let’s reflect.  No matter what side you find yourself on, and it may be both,  it is clear Justice Scalia stood on his own principles and for the U.S. Constitution. When looked at objectively we all should appreciate Justice Scalia’s body of work. Sentencing Reform If we take today’s sentencing reform as a measure of the complexity of Justice Scalia’s profound outlook on each... READ MORE

  • How to Deal with Medical Issues in Prison

    Many people ask Another Chance 4 Legal and The Art of Winning Litigation foundations for guidance with their or a loved one’s medical issues in prison. What this blogpost will do is breakdown a proven successful method to properly exhaust and forward your medical claim(s) in the court. This is NOT a treatise on how to file a Prison Litigation Reform Act or Federal Tort Claim Act Claim. See Roma v. United States, 344 F.3d 352, 362 (3d Cir. 2003). As you may or may not know, prisoners... READ MORE

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