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By Daniel Dodson
NACDL helps members fight changes in BOP policy
By Todd A. Bussert
(Special to NACDL News)
On December 20, Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer
issued a memorandum to federal judges announcing the implementation of a
significant policy change: effective immediately, the BOP shall not
designate Community Corrections Centers (otherwise known as “halfway
houses”) as the place of imprisonment for low-risk, short-term
offenders. The change is planned for prospective implementation, except
for the estimated 125 prisoners directly committed to CCCs with more
than 150 days remaining to serve as of December 16, 2002. Whereas those
individuals are slated for re-designation to other prisons, numerous
legal challenges have been filed and are pending in district courts
across the country.
According to the BOP and media accounts, this sudden sea change in a
policy that dates back more than 20 years, and the related repudiation
of the bureau’s authority under
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