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Bureau of Prisons Revamps Prison Designation Process
By Alan Ellis; J. Michael Henderson; James H. Feldman Jr.
Since our April 2006 Champion article, Securing a Favorable Federal
Prison Placement, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has made several changes
to the process utilized to determine the appropriate prison for a
particular defendant. This update describes the most important changes.
In 2005, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) began to phase out its regional
designators — the people who decided where inmates were sent. That
process is now complete. When the U.S. Marshal receives the judgment in a
criminal case, he or she no longer requests a designation from the
BOP’s local Community Corrections Management (CCM). The BOP now
processes initial designations, transfers, and inmate sentence
computations from its consolidated Designation and Sentence Computation
Center (DSCC) in Grand Prairie, Texas.
As before, the judgment generally includes any recommendation by the
sentencing judge with respect to place of confinement. If the Statement
of Reasons (SOR) has not been includ
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