Federal Prison Guidebook

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Federal Prison Guidebook

How to ensure that your client gets into the best possible prison and is released at the earliest opportunity.

Although it is Bureau of Prisons policy to place an individual in the least restrictive facility within 500 miles of the inmate's release residence, many inmates end up far from their families in harsher conditions than necessary. It doesn't have to be that way.

You can take three steps to ensure that your clients do their time in the best possible facilities. First, learn how the BOP classifies its facilities, and the characteristics of each type of facility. Second, understand how the BOP decides what type of prison is appropriate. Finally, learn how to increase the odds of a favorable placement.

For assistance with all three steps, turn to Alan Ellis and Michael Henderson'sFederal Prison Guidebook.

1. Learn facility characteristics

In 400 pages, or about 4 pages each, 105 federal prisons are described under the headings listed below. Most valuable and difficult to obtain is the institution-specific information on educational, vocational, religious, and recreational opportunities.

2. Understand BOP designation process

16% of all federal inmates are housed in camps and community settings. The designation information in Federal Prison Guidebook explains how camp inmates and higher security level designees are selected, and what you can do to influence BOP's scoring.

3. Increase odds of favorable placement

Some judges mistakenly think the BOP does not follow their recommendations. While not binding, the BOP actually follows 85% of judicial recommendations. Overcrowding is making supported judicial recommendations more important. Federal Prison Guidebook explains how counsel can affect recommendations and placement.

Table of Contents


Prison Programs and Policies
Securing a Favorable Federal Prison Placement
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
How to Do Time
Pre-Release
Sex Offenders
Medical Care in the Bureau of Prisons
Federal Sentencing
Direct Appeals
Habeas Corpus: §2255 Motions
Practice Tips
The Mid-Atlantic Region
The North Central Region
The Northeast Region
The South Central Region
The South East Region
The Western Region
Privately Managed Facilities Housing Federal Inmates