For Family and Friends of the Defendant

Some defendants being detained, facing incarceration

do not have sufficient financial means. Once detained they can be held for days—or years—before they ever see a courtroom. For those defendants:

  • Access to medications or medical devices (such as a CPAP, eye glasses, etc.) is necessary.
    • When entering prison for the first time, it is necessary to know whether medications are available (on formulary) or not on formulary (which requires a lengthy request process). Then there are medications that are not available, here the defendant may receive a different medication.
  • Who are medically healthy or have never seen a doctor: Now is the time to see a physician for a full physical and, if warranted, see a mental healthcare professional.
  • Who are camp eligible: Federal Prison Camps (FPC) are much different than satellite camps, (as they are associated with higher security facilities).

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 and 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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