Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Federal Prison Designation & Survival

The biggest concern of those going to prison other than their sentence, is what type of prison they’ll do their time at, where it’s located, and how far it is from their home. Being designated to the wrong type of prison can have serious ramifications on family visits, inmate jobs, education, and early release programs.

We educate our clients on different types of facilities and helps them being designated to one close to their home that meets their appropriate custody & security level. While the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) attempts to place inmates within 500 miles of home, overcrowding, Covid 19, and staffing issues have rendered these policies meaningless.

The BOP uses many factors to classify inmates to designated custody and security levels. The biggest issue is that many lawyers and judges make no effort to determine where a defendant should serve their time. While they may have a good idea, they’re often wrong. In the event a judge recommends an institution at sentencing that doesn’t fit the BOP’s criteria, the BOP will assign the inmate wherever it sees fit, regardless of the distance from their home.

Our consultants are experts in positioning clients for favorable Prison designations and work with client’s attorneys to obtain specific judicial designation recommendations. Our experience and insight of BOP Policies and the Federal Bureau of Prisons Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC) in Grand Prairie, Texas can help influence an inmate’s prison placement.