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Prisons Bureau

The mission of the Bureau of Prisons is to protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens. The Bureau has its headquarters also known as Central Office, in Washington, DC. The Central Office is divided into nine divisions, including the National Institute of Corrections.

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Justice Department

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  • Compassionate Release

    The Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes changes to its regulations on compassionate release, including changing the title to ``Reduction in Sentence in Extraordinary and Compelling Circumstances''; deleting language which indicates that the Bureau will only allow reductions in sentence for circumstances ``which could not reasonably have been...

  • Use of Chemical Agents or Other Less-Than-Lethal Force in Immediate Use of Force Situations

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes to amend its regulation on the use of chemical agents or other less-than- lethal force to provide that such use is authorized for staff in immediate use of force (emergency) situations.

  • Designation of Offenses

    The Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) removes rules which designated various offenses as sexual offenses for purposes of 18 U.S.C. 4042(c) because that provision, which necessitated regulations, has been repealed in relevant part.

  • Communications Management Units

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) finalizes regulations that establish and describe Communications Management Units (CMUs) by regulation. The CMUs regulations serve to detail the specific restrictions that may be imposed in the CMUs in a way that current regulations authorize but do not detail. CMUs are designed to provide an...

  • Smoking/No Smoking Areas

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) finalizes without change a proposed rule that was published on this subject on May 12, 2006, to revise regulations pertaining to smoking/no smoking in Bureau facilities. The revised regulations generally prohibit smoking in and on the grounds of Bureau institutions and offices, except as part of...

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  • Annual Determination of Average Cost of Incarceration

    The fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates in Fiscal Year 2015 was $31,977.65 ($87.61 per day). (Please note: There were 365 days in FY 2015.) The average annual cost to confine an inmate in a Residential Re-entry Center for Fiscal Year 2015 was $26,082.90 ($71.46 per day).

  • Compassionate Release

    The Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes changes to its regulations on compassionate release, including changing the title to ``Reduction in Sentence in Extraordinary and Compelling Circumstances''; deleting language which indicates that the Bureau will only allow reductions in sentence for circumstances ``which could not reasonably have been...

  • Drug Abuse Treatment Program

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) revises the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP) regulations to allow greater inmate participation in the program and positively impact recidivism rates.

  • Use of Chemical Agents or Other Less-Than-Lethal Force in Immediate Use of Force Situations

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes to amend its regulation on the use of chemical agents or other less-than- lethal force to provide that such use is authorized for staff in immediate use of force (emergency) situations.

  • Designation of Offenses

    The Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) removes rules which designated various offenses as sexual offenses for purposes of 18 U.S.C. 4042(c) because that provision, which necessitated regulations, has been repealed in relevant part.

  • Infectious Disease Management: Voluntary and Involuntary Testing

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons proposes two minor revisions to its regulations on the management of infectious diseases. One change would remove the requirement for HIV pre-test counseling for inmates, because the counseling requirement has become an obstacle to necessary testing. Inmates testing positive for HIV will continue to...

  • Contraband and Inmate Personal Property: Technical Amendment

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons makes a minor technical amendment to its regulations on contraband and inmate personal property to maintain consistency in language which describes the purpose of the regulations as ensuring the safety, security, or good order of the facility or protection of the public.

  • Drug Abuse Treatment Program

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes revisions to the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (RDAP) regulations to allow greater inmate participation in the program and positively impact recidivism rates.

  • Inmate Commissary Account Deposit Procedures

    In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes to amend its regulations on inmate commissary account deposit procedures and requirements to provide clarification. Specifically, the amendments will clarify that, regardless of the form or method of the deposit (by mail or electronic deposit), the Bureau is authorized to obtain...

  • Commutation of Sentence: Technical Change

    This document finalizes a minor technical change to the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) regulations on sentence commutation which clarifies that Bureau staff, other than institution-level staff, will recalculate the inmate's sentence in accordance with the terms of the commutation order if a petition for commutation of sentence is granted.