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Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards
The Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards is based on the American Correctional Association Standards, and is designed for use in reviewing non-federal facilities that house federal detainees to ensure these facilities are safe, humane, and protect detainees' statutory and constitutional rights. The Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards is an aid for Subject Matter Experts designed to support the Government Contract Quality Assurance Program. The Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards Review Book provides Subject Matter Experts with direction on making assessments based on detention standards developed by DOJ and DHS/ICE.

Juvenile Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards
This handbook contains federal performance-based detention standards for facilities that house federal pre-trial juvenile detainees.

eIGA Front-End User Handbook
This handbook was designed to introduce the eIGA application process. It is a quick-read that provides step-by-step instruction on completing eIGA applications.

Financing Detention Facilities Handbook
The decision to construct a new detention facility, or expand an existing one, is a time consuming and complex process. A successful project is dependent upon a carefully executed and comprehensive planning process. The process must consider all options, identify and mitigate all risks, and anticipate and address all stakeholder issues.

As part of its outreach program, OFDT collaborated with the Louis Berger Group to develop a Financing Detention Facilities Handbook. The Handbook is intended to assist state and local governments as they consider whether or not a new detention facility or the expansion of an existing one is in the best interest of their communities and whether or not such a project is feasible. The Handbook covers the following topics:

  • Overview of the Federal Detention System
  • Opportunities for Counties and Municipalities to House Federal Detainees
  • Financing Options for Building Detention Capacity
  • Legal and Regulatory Requirements
  • Doing Business with the Federal Government

OFDT welcomes comments and suggestions on the Handbook.  They can be sent to

Updated: August 2013
General Information Office of the Federal Detention Trustee

NOTE: On October 1, 2012 the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee merged with the United States Marshals Service (USMS). This web site will no longer be maintained. The documents that are currently on this site may contain dated information. They remain available to provide access to historical materials.

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