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December 2007 , Page 42 

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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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