Federal Judge Creates Federal Certificate of Rehabilitation for Woman He Sentenced
Date:  03-31-2016

Although no such document existed, Federal Judge John Gleeson believes the federal system should offer them
On February 17, 2016 Reentry Central posted an article about Judge Stefan R. Underhill’s bold call for legislation that would provide sentenced defendants the right to petition for a sentence reduction. Now a federal judge is promoting federal certificates of rehabilitation to help people who were formerly incarcerated in the federal system, and are considered to be rehabilitated, a better chance at gaining employment.

Fromthe NewYork Times:

A Federal Judge’s New Model for Forgiveness

Should a judge care what happens, years down the road, to the defendants convicted in his courtroom? In 2003, John Gleeson, a federal district judge in Brooklyn, presided over the trial of a woman charged for her role in faking a car accident for the insurance payments. After a jury found her guilty, Judge Gleeson sentenced the woman to 15 months in prison.

Many judges might leave it at that, but in an extraordinary 31-page opinion released on March 7, Judge Gleeson stepped back into the case. Finding that this one conviction continued to scare off employers and make it impossible for the woman, identified in court records only as Jane Doe, to get hired as a nurse, Judge Gleeson gave her what amounted to a voucher of good character — he called it a “federal certificate of rehabilitation.” Read more