BOP Placement Options Starts With The Presentence Report



    1. Medical and Mental Healthcare needs: also available through the BOP CARE LEVEL I-IV Structure (CIC.DC.Gov)

  1. BOP Psychology Programs have limited availability, when determining a prison match it is important to remember that some of these programs are security level dependent.
  2. Predisposed to getting Post-COVID? Are you a COVID Long-Hauler? In my opinion, no prison (including FMC) has the staff, training, RN-Patient 1:1 time, and resources over an extended period to care for these persons.
  3. While FMC appears to be in the best position to provide this care, using history as a guide, I am concerned that the research, time, and as importantly, “the will” may not be.


  1. Medication availability (~ 3500 different drugs), falls into 3 tiers;
    a) On Formulary – Available
    b) Non-Formulary – Requires a lengthy Preauthorization Process

    • It is best to address the Non-Formulatory Medications before the PSI/PSR and sentencing hearing,
    • Include current treating physicians’ records and prescriptions in their PSR, because an interruption in the continuity of your client’s medical care is in no one’s interest.
    • If you are allowed to Self-Surrender, bring a month’s supply (especially if you arrive on a holiday or weekend, as you may stand a greater chance of keeping them), at best they’ll let you use them through their pharmacy, and at worst they’re thrown out.

c) Lastly, they are just not available. How then would you determine what similar (equivalent) substitution would be appropriate?


Additionally, PPRS Prison MatchPersonalized Placement Process, we include:

  • Content where there is a specific interest in learning an occupation or trade, or
  • Getting a job in  UNICOR, (listed on the last page of the UNICOR link). 
  • Where available, The Washington DC Corrections and Information Council independently evaluates BOP Facilities that, 
    • House DC residents, and therefore contains a broader range of prison-specific information 
    • This additional content benefits all defendants, both DC and Non-DC residents, as they face their sentencing hearing.
    • While efforts are made to place a defendant close to home (within 500 driving miles of their legal residence), this as I understand is aspirational on the part of the BOP, although with the passage of the FSA it is a requirement. 

Catholic University Law Review; “Dog Training Programs support inmate rehabilitation”.

Military: Is your client a Veteran?

  • If possible, connect your client with a facility that caters to veterans.

Other Military prisons with service dog training programs

  • NAVCONBRIG Miramar (aka Joint Regional Correctional Facility Southwest)
  • NW Joint Regional Correctional Facility Ft. Lewis Washington
  • Military Prison at Fort Leavenworth
  • Once their training is complete, these dogs are placed with veterans in the community who have: 

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