Prior to entering custody Larry Jay Levine had worked as a Private Investigator in Los AngeIes, California. In August 1998, Levine was arrested by a Federal Organized Crime Task Force for securities fraud, obstruction of justice, narcotics trafficking, and possession of automatic weapons, and ultimately served 2 ten-year concurrent sentences along with 1 five-year concurrent sentence in Federal Custody.
After being deemed a threat to the community and denied bail, he spent the next 21 months inside the Federal Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Los Angeles, where he began assisting his fellow inmates in their defense, by reviewing prosecutorial discovery for inaccuracies, researching case law, Indictments, PSR’s and Plea Agreements, and giving overall advise in criminal defense related strategies and possible sentencing departures.
After sentencing in May 2000 by U.S. District Judge Carlos R. Moreno in the Central District of California, Levine served his remaining time in 11, high, medium, low, and minimum security Federal Correctional Institutions in California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Oklahoma, where he continued assisting inmates file Bureau of Prison administrative remedies and Habeas Corpus petitions, while continuing to self-educate himself in Federal Criminal Law.
In 2005, Levine, was incarcerated at the former Nellis Federal Prison Camp on Nellis Air Force base outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, and upon its closure was moved along with several hundred other white-collar inmates, to the gang infested higher security La Tuna Federal Prison in El Paso, on the Texas-Mexican Border.
While at La Tuna, Levine single-handedly, filed a Federal Class Action Habeas Corpus Lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons, claiming that the DOJ had violated its own policies by sending the Nellis inmates to higher custody. Due to Levine’s actions, the DOJ was forced to act and subsequently shifted hundreds of its inmates around the country to conform to the lawsuit’s claims.
Upon being released in April 2007, Levine formed American Prison Consultants and later Wall Street Prison Consultants, and began offering his knowledge, advice and services on the RDAP program, sentence reductions, prison survival skills, Bureau of Prison Policies and Procedures, and on how to navigate the complex world of the Criminal Justice System to lawyers, pre-trial inmates and their families.