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Old 02-08-2007, 10:11 AM
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Default Federal Bureau of Prisons Designation Process

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In 2005, the Federal Bureau of Prisons began to phase out its Regional
Designators—the people who used to decide where inmates were sent. That process is
now complete. The Bureau of Prisons now processes initial designations, transfers,
and inmate sentence computations from its new Consolidated Designations and Sentence Computation Center in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Consolidated Center performs the following functions for all federal prisons throughout the entirecountry:

1. Initial security level classification scoring. (This used to be
done by staff at the Community Corrections Office closest to the sentencing Court.)
2. Designations and transfers. (These functions used to be
performed at the Bureau’s six Regional Offices.)
3. Sentence computations. (Each prison used to do this for its own
inmates.)

Under this new arrangement, after a court sentences someone to serve a term of
confinement, the designation request, along with the federal judgment order and
Presentence Report, are sent to the Consolidated Center. Who does the sending can
vary from judicial district to judicial district. In many districts, these documents
are transmitted to the Bureau electronically. The Bureau anticipates that soon all
judicial districts will follow this practice. Under the new system, once the
Consolidated Center receives a designation request and the necessary documentation,
it assigns the case to the team that handles cases from that particular U.S.
District Court. There are 18 such teams at the Center—each with responsibility for
specific federal judicial districts. Teams include records technicians (called Legal
Instrument Examiners, or LIEs), Case Management staff, administrative assistants,
and operations members. After the team scores the individual for security
classification and completes a sentence computation, it enters the case into the
Bureau’s computer database for designation. It does not actually designate anyone to
a particular institution. That task is handled by one of seven Senior Designators.
Senior Designators also are responsible for all federal inmate transfers based on
disciplinary or supervisory needs. Assistant Designators handle “routine” inmate
transfers.
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Do you think this means our loved ones won't be sent close by anymore? Since a computer is doing the BOP's work? I think my son is ok where he is since he has 3 months 2 weeks before hwh time.
I think and pray for you daily Zelda...and you have been so great and such an asset to PTO. I appreciate your input on everything. I'm just sorry that you have had to go so long with your husband in. You are an inspiration...you have kept your love alive!!!!
God bless you always!
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:29 PM
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SCMOM I concurr with all you said about Zelda, she is a wealth of strength, inspiration, and knowledge.

My husband's experience is that the computer didn't put him close to any family members. I, his wife, is in Oregon - 25 miles from Sheridan camp. His father is in North Carolina near several camps. He is being sent next week to Duluth, MN. Oh well, everything we've read about it is very good albeit very cold. He is happy they have tennis courts. I don't think is has a clue as to how cold -20 degrees feels with added wind chill, but he's about to find out!
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Mrs. Bike,

I live in Minnesota and the weather has been down to -40 with the wind chill. Ridiculous.

Anyway, I got sentenced today to 39 months with a judicial recommendation to Duluth, so hopefully I'll get it. I report June 1st, so maybe I'll meet your husband!
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If your like tennis you most definitely will!!
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The BOP had my husband close, by close i mean still in CA and only 2 hours away for the first 2 years. The following 4 years he has been 3000 miles away in Georgia, then 2000 in Indiana and now 3000 again in Florida. They have never made it easy for our family. I hate the BOP!
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I thought they were supposed to try to put people close to their families? I thought I read somewhere that it is supposed to be within 500 miles if possible? You would think somewhere along the lines that someone would care about the families!
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The BOP says that they try to place people within 500 miles of their family but mostly they just put them where they have a bed available. And it seems much more frequent now to send them much farther away and then, after they have 18 months clean time, they consider moving them closer to home. There is no rhyme or reason and the difficulty with the centralized system is that it will be more difficult for families to advocate for a transfer, which years ago used to be something we could do with the regional office. I do know that, if there is a judicial recommendation for a certain designation, the BOP is supposed to write the judge a letter outlining the reasons for not following it, if they don't follow it. And thanks to you all for the kind words. Z.
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Also consider...while the first placement may be within a fair range, if a prisoner gets in trouble the BOP usually ships them out of range if the incident is serious enough or frequently happens.
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Old 02-10-2007, 03:33 PM
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with my son they sent him 1400 miles away and they had him in transition for 7 weeks waiting for a bed to be available.go figure. he seems to like where he is as much as one can. just makes visiting hard .him being comfortable as he can be is my main concern.
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:::Cynicism Alert::: In my estimation, the average BOP employee doesn't know Idaho from Ohio from Iowa and would agree with George W. Bush that Canada and Mexico have good border relations.
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Too true, JoyceRooni!! (I love that user name, by the way - I always pronounce the "e" - like RiceRoni!) Wouldn't it be funny if each person with a loved one in the BOP that's more than 500 miles away, send a map to the Designations and Sentence Computation Center in Grand Prairie. And circle where their home town is and where their loved one is. Maybe with a line drawn with the # of miles marked. LOL! A little lesson in geography...
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Having just experienced BOP employees 1st hand, I can assure you although there are some exceptions, most of them have not a clue,.
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Now I wish I hadn't read this thread! My son is in the USDB (Ft Leavenworth military prison) and will probably be transferred soon to the feds. There is a facility 15 minutes from my house...too much to hope for probably! Any ideas on who to lobby on the facility designation?
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I live in Baltimore and my son will be in Taft, CA
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My uncle is 923 miles away, we leave in Miami FL, and he's been in Petersburg, VA. for over one year, plus we've learned last week that they are planing on sending him to Pensylvania, 400 miles futher north, we are all very disappointed, and depressed as we we're trying to get him closer, and now this...
any of you guys know if there is something we can do before he gets transfered in order to stop the process? we rather have him in Virginia than in Pensilvania.
My uncle has never had any problems of behavior, he has -1 point (he is in low security and applies for camp, but only after 18 month on the same prision, he already has over 12 month in Virginia, but this transfer will ruin that time, and he'll have to start counting from 0, all over again)
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Hello to My PTO Family Members,
I have a question concerning the BOP Designation Process. If someone could please be kind enough to try and give me an answer I'd really appreciate it. My g/f got her federal sentence on 12/14/2006. She has been incarcerated since 5/29/2006. She is still being held in a county facility with no ideal of when, she'll ever get her designation. She is in need of medical attention that is very hard to come by where she is. The nurse on staff seems to be a very non caring type for her line of work.
My question is, what is the normal amount of time the Feds hold inmates before sending them to the federal facility? Is there a general time frame in which they have to move the inmates? Or do they just consider them as bodies waiting to be placed, when ever they can get around to placing them?
Her attorney spoke to the U.S.Marshals Service and was told that the paper work was misdirected, and would be sent as soon as possible. I find that hard to believe since everything is done mostly by computer, email, fax machine.
If an appeal was filed the day after sentencing, would that cause the hold up?
Can someone that has had this happen to someone they have in the system please answer these questions for me, or give me some insight as far as what we can do, if anything?
Thank you all in advance,


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Sometimes they hold over the inmate closeby for an appeal to be heard, especially if she has a really good chance. As per her medical condition, I would definitley contact someone where she is located. I know in our county, they do not take likely to an inmate not getting the care they need. Staph infection has been a problem here and the county council or the jail admin. jumped on it right away.
And it could be the marshall's office got the paperwork screwed up to! After my son's sentencing, we finally called his pre-trial officer to get info. You could also do the same thing to find out whats going on.
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My son has been in the hole in protective custody for 12 months now he says he thinks he is going crazy I called his unit manager and talked to him about it and he told me I neede to call the designation dept. in Grand Prarie, Tx and when I did they told me it was up to the unit manager. I am just getting the run around is there somebody above the unit manager that I can talk to?
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Leaving someone in the hole for 12 months is just horrible!!!! What does one do to deserve this! I'm going for 8 months, that's it!!!!!! It's rediculous, they will probably stick me in county jail for the time. I'm worried they wont have a place for me or that they will send me accross the country. I'm so freaked out about it. And the fact that I have no clue about what is going to happen is the worst!
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i am new. my husband was sentenced to yankton, SD two years ago. a 4 hour drive for me. the feds designated him to Forrest City, arkansas, an 11 hour drive, which being disabled, i cant do. in the meantime, he still sits in CCA camp in Leavenworth and we can only visit through glass for one hour once a month. I have called several places, written letters, etc. as he has many severe medical issues and receives Tylenol Whoppppeeee! but to no avail. no one seems to know anything, nor do they seem to care.

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If you have someone in Federal so do I, so please share info, right now I don't have much to share because he just got there and is in lock down waiting to be transferred to the camp hopefully. He is on day 19 in lock down. It takes 5 days for his letters to reach me but the BOP site still shows him to be in lock down. This is our first experinece with prison so we are new, lost and scared. They tell him they are waiting on his paperwork. He asked me to make a call about his paper work but I don't know who to call or write. He told me to find it on the BOP site and I looked and can't find any contacts numbers or addresses that would be helpful. And I'm still trying to find my way around this site. Welcome any comments you might have. Thanks !
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The judge requested that my brother be sent to Butner, North Carolina, but he ended up in Forrest City, Arkansas. His life has been threatened there and he is now in segregation. He's asked for a transfer and has been told it could take 2 months to a year for that to happen. I have phoned the prison and spoken with his unit manager and he told me it takes a long time to get someone transferred because everyone wants to be transferred.
I don't know what to think about the FOB. I don't think they care much and was wondering if I was alone in that feeling.
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The judge requested that my brother be sent to Butner, North Carolina, but he ended up in Forrest City, Arkansas. His life has been threatened there and he is now in segregation. He's asked for a transfer and has been told it could take 2 months to a year for that to happen. I have phoned the prison and spoken with his unit manager and he told me it takes a long time to get someone transferred because everyone wants to be transferred.
I don't know what to think about the FOB. I don't think they care much and was wondering if I was alone in that feeling.
You are not alone....you have us, your PTO family. Is your brother at the camp, medium or what? I know about your loved one being threatened and the fights in a facility. My son was sent to the SHU because of someone beating him up and that was at a camp, where this is rare. It didn't take long for them to see the "light" and they shipped the other one out. I do think they care, they just don't know who to believe. I truly hope he gets to move, but calling them too much I'm afraid will do more harm. Did he do a "cop-out" to his counselor, unit mgr, case mgr? This he needs to do and have a meeting with one of them soon.
JMO...& GOD BLESS
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SCMom, dont be afraid to call, write letters, camp outside the prison. The more communication you have with them, the better off your child will be. My wife stuck by with me the entire time of my sentence, and visited as much as possible, daily, wrote letters and called excessively. I feel this made my incarceration slightly better as I was able to get reclassifications done quicker and my transfers faster. Albeit being 6'5" and 300lbs I never came out on the short end of a fight once, one thing I can recommend is if you have to fight, then fight and dont hold back you will get respect and most likely will never have to again. The problem with most people that go into the system is that they go in and act big bad and tough, and run their mouths, this will get you in a lot of trouble. If you are going in, treat people with respect and never let your fear show, and if they disresepct you take it to them immediately this may get you an ass-whupping, but it is better to take one early than to be labeled as a punk and get harrassed, raped or stabbed later.

As I think about it more, there are about 30% animals in the system, thier behavior makes the other 70% turn primal in some way thereby causing a viscious circle to happen consuming everything in its path. Almost 10 years later I still have nightmares of my time in USP Leavenworth ...

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