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Federal Bureau of Prisons

Ongoing Work

Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Release Preparation Program

The OIG is assessing the extent to which the BOP is meeting the goals of the Release Preparation Program and how the BOP tailors the program to meet inmate needs.

Review of the Federal Bureau of Prison's Process and Timing for Releasing Inmates

The OIG's preliminary objectives are to: (1) assess the Federal Bureau of Prison's (BOP) process for releasing inmates on their appropriate release dates; and (2) determine whether the BOP can reduce the number of inmates that are mistakenly released before or after their appropriate release dates. The review will assess the relevant responsibilities of the Designation and Sentence Computation Center located at the BOP’s Grand Prairie Office Complex as well as the responsibilities of individual institutions.

Review of the BOP's Contraband Interdiction Efforts

The OIG is reviewing current and planned security procedures employed by the BOP to detect and prevent contraband from entering BOP-operated institutions, to include searching staff, visitors, and inmates; cell phone detection/signal interruption technologies; and physical security measures.

Texas Detention Center Compliance with BOP Contract Award

The OIG initiated an audit of a BOP contract awarded to a detention center in Texas.  The preliminary objective is to assess the BOP’s and contractor’s compliance with contract terms and conditions in the areas of billings and payments, staffing requirements, and contract oversight and monitoring.  The scope of this audit is focused on but not limited to, contract performance from FY 2009 through December 31, 2013.

BOP Aging Inmates

The OIG is examining the impact of the BOP’s aging inmate population on inmate and custody management, including programming, housing, and costs. The review will also assess the recidivism rate of inmates aged 50 and older that were released from FY 2006 through FY 2013.

Private Contract Prisons

The OIG is examining how the BOP manages its private prison contracts, whether contract prisons are in compliance with BOP requirements, and how contract facilities compare with similar BOP facilities in terms of inmate safety, security, and cost.

Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn

The OIG is examining the management and security controls the BOP has in place for operating the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Treaty Transfer Follow-up

The OIG is examining the progress made by the Department to more effectively manage the International Prisoner Transfer Program, which allows selected foreign national inmates to serve the remainders of their sentences in their home countries’ prison systems. The review will also further evaluate factors that limit the number of inmates ultimately transferred.

Updated: February 2015

OIG Mission

To detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.

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