For Family and Friends of the Defendant

Most defendants being detained, facing incarceration and needing a criminal defense team do not have sufficient financial resources, and once detained can be held for days—or years—before they ever see a courtroom. For those defendants:

  • Taking medications or using a medical device that they have at home (such as a CPAP, eye glasses, etc.); they’ll need access to those items.
  • Who are medically healthy or have never seen a doctor—now is the time to take of these issues.
  • Who are camp eligible: Federal Prison Camps (FPC) are much different than satellite camps, as they are associated with higher security facilities.
  • Entering prison the first time, it would be beneficial for them to know whether their medications are available (on formulary), or if they are non-formulary.

An advocate is crucial, and the PSR can help be that advocate. If it’s not included in the PSR, it will not be provided when the defendant is incarcerated.

Education and Occupational Trades Training; Medical and Mental Healthcare in the BOP

The PSR influences the BOP’s prison designation process.

Based on the court’s Presentence Report Worksheet, PPRS Prison Match™ uses a physician’s comprehensive history form to match the defendant’s healthcare needs and training programs in which they have expressed interest to determine a placement recommendation.

The BOP’s Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC) determines Medical Healthcare Designations in addition to the Inmate Security Prison Placement Process.



Understanding the Federal Sentencing Guidelines – for general information only.

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