View Full Version : Federal inmates allowed to attend funeral?

04-17-2011, 09:46 AM
My mother is in a federal prison in Danbury, CT. Her father is extremely ill and we definitely don't want to see him pass away while my mother is incarcerated. Heaven forbid if this does happen, will she be allowed to attend his funeral? He lives in the carribean btw. How often do federal prisons allow this type of furlough? She is in the mental unit and doesn't have a history of problems while she's been incarcerated but this is definitely taking a toll on her emotionally and health wise. Thanks

04-17-2011, 10:08 AM
I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you but I have moved your post here to the Federal forums so that staff and members with knowledge in this area can assist you. Best wishes.

04-17-2011, 12:15 PM
Unfortunately there is no good news for you. I think I can safely say there will be no furlough to leave the country, for your mother or anyone. That is not going to happen. Also, being on the Psych unit leads me to believe your perception of your mother's situation and the BOP's conclusions are polar opposites.

04-18-2011, 05:50 PM
I have to agree with bellisq's posts (as it is always right on the money). In rare cases, when an inmate is already eligible for a furlough and they have not used up thier furlough eligiblity then they 'might' be able to go to a funeral. But in the 20 plus year that I worked with the BOP it only happened twice AND it will never happen for a furlough to leave the continental U.S. - sorry.

04-19-2011, 11:05 AM
We are likely facing the death of my Dad. He is slipping away. My brother only has about one more year to serve in prison. My Dad is slipping away from us though with congestive heart failure, strokes, etc. He is in this country though....but about 6 hours away from the FCI my brother is in. Anyway, I am wondering what it means to be eligible for furloughs? When do you become eligible for furloughs and under what circumstances? My brother had a 42 month sentence for a drug conspiracy crime. Did about 20 months in the county jail pre-sentencing...were a lot of co-defendents so took a long time. Might he be eligible for a furlough at some point?

04-20-2011, 09:03 AM
i believe fuloughs are just for inmates in minimum security facilities and they are something the inmate has to earn with good behavior. they can get an 8 hour furlough when they have 24 months left and can work their way up to 3 or 5 days after that. when they leave on a furlough you can pick them up and take them to their home or a hotel if your home is too far and he can spend time with you and family. i am sorry to hear your family is having such horrible circumstances and i will keep you and your family in my prayers. good luck.

04-20-2011, 11:39 AM
Thanks so much. That was very helpful. I really appreciate your kind wishes and words too.

04-20-2011, 12:11 PM
not a problem i know how hard having a loved one in prison is and then adding more problems on top of that cant be easy. i have learned a lot from pto. it is very helpful and it is nice to have people to talk to that can actually relate what you are going through.

04-20-2011, 12:53 PM
I don't think so my husband grandmother pass in feb and he was not allow to attend her funeral

04-27-2011, 08:21 PM
When I was at FPC Florence,

My bunkie's sister died. He had 6 months remaining on a 20 yr sentence and a perfect record (never an incident report). His request for a furlough to attend her funeral was DENIED.

A few months later, another inmate friend was granted an ESCORTED FURLOUGH to attend the funeral of his parents (both killed by a drunk driver). He had to pay his way and the cost of a BOP officer who went with him.

Then a few months after that ... MY OWN FATHER DIED. I had only 2 months remaining on RDAP. I requested and was GRANTED an un-escorted furlough to attend his funeral (in Louisiana).

So while funeral furloughs are RARE, they do happen. I think it depends on the inmate, their history, their remaining sentence, and the WARDEN who makes the final decision.

04-27-2011, 08:25 PM
You have to be in a camp to be granted a furlough. And usually inmates, if they are going to get a furlough, have to choose between visiting a terminally ill immediate family member or going to the funeral - can't do both.