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  • Complex-Wide Services:
    • General Population
      • (“G.P.”or General Practice ) areas, are located at each complex facility and are most representative of the psychology functions in mainstream correctional settings. New arrivals to the institutions participate in an Admission and Orientation program which includes individual interview, an orientation to available services, and basic drug abuse education. Diagnostic services include clinical evaluation of highly varied mental disorders including the full range of Axis I and Axis II mental health conditions, risk assessments for suicide and danger to others, and treatment program suitability.
      • Treatment services include crisis intervention, short and long-term individual therapy, group psychotherapy, psycho-educational groups, and counseling regarding adjustment and family issues. Psychologists also serve as members of interdisciplinary unit teams and assist in planning programs and reviewing progress of inmates.
    • Non-Residential Drug Treatment: A Drug Education program, while targeted to inmates with significant substance abuse problems, is also open to all interested residents.
    • Care Level Three inmates (chronically mentally ill persons) who can function adequately on an outpatient basis are housed throughout the complex.
  • Butner FCI-I Services
    • Residential Drug Abuse Program: Under the direction of a psychologist, this residential program involves comprehensive treatment of the convicted offender using an Integrative model that includes strong Cognitive – Behavioral and Relapse Prevention components.
    • Commitment and Treatment Program for Sexually Dangerous Persons
      • FCI Butner’s SOTP was recently replaced by the Commitment and Treatment Program (CTP) for Sexually Dangerous Persons (i.e., treatment for civilly committed offenders), is responsible for the psychological treatment of the inmate, implementation of behavior management plans, and coordination of the multidisciplinary treatment team. Treatment is holistic and multidimensional with the ultimate goal of reducing sexual dangerousness and criminal recidivism potential.
      • The Forensic Evaluation Service conducts psychological evaluations and provides documentation pursuant to civil commitment hearings, subsequent progress reviews, and other reports.
    • Mental Health Step-Down is a residential treatment program for inmates with severe, persistent mental illness, typically (although not limited to) an Axis I diagnosis of the Schizophrenic type. The goal is to provide treatment for chronic mental illness that is evidence-based, maximizes functioning, and minimizes relapse and hospitalization.
    • Forensic Evaluation – As described above, the FCI-I forensic program staff are tasked with performing detailed “outpatient” pretrial evaluations of criminal defendants at the behest of federal courts from throughout the United States.
  • Butner FMC Services
    • Inpatient Forensic program at the FMC accepts inmates at the discretion of the federal courts for various pre- and post-trial forensic evaluations (e.g., competency, sanity, violence risk), for voluntary hospitalization for mental health treatment, or subject to federal quasi-criminal commitment. Staff, including interns (with supervision), provide expert testimony in federal courts throughout the United States when called upon to do so.
    • Behavioral Medicine program involves working with inmates who present with psychophysiological disorders, psychological factors affecting their physical conditions, and/or physical conditions which have psychological sequelae. Staff may provide group and individual treatment for psychophysiological disorders, including hypertension, chronic pain, tension and migraine headaches, anxiety disorders, etc., and inmates with terminal or severe diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and AIDS. Staff also assist in the implementation of the Palliative Care Program for terminally ill patients nearing death.

National Health Programs – Life Connections Program, BRAVE, STAGES, Challenge, Parenting, Mental Health Step Down, RDAP, Drug Abuse Education, Resolve, Skills, SOTP-R and SOTP-NR.

BOP Medical Care –Levels I-IV

BOP Mental Healthcare – Care Levels I-IV

Attorney BOP Resources – The information contained on this page is meant to assist members of the criminal defense legal community as well as the friends and families of inmates in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, in order to gain a legal perspective regarding the BOP system, services and programs.

Family BOP Resources – These resources contain information for the general public as well as for families whose loved ones are incarcerated, and which may be interesting, as well as useful to these specific audiences.

BOP Security Levels

Minimum security institutions, also known as Federal Prison Camps (FPC), have dormitory housing, a relatively low staff-to-inmate ratio, and limited or no perimeter fencing. These institutions are work- and program-oriented; and many are located adjacent to larger institutions or on military bases, where inmates help serve the labor needs of the larger institution or base.

Low security Federal Correctional Institutions (FCI) have double-fenced perimeters, mostly dormitory or cubicle housing, and strong work and program components. The staff-to-inmate ratio in these institutions is higher than in minimum security facilities.

Medium security FCI (and USP designated to house medium security inmates) have strengthened perimeters (often double fences with electronic detection systems), mostly cell-type housing, a wide variety of work and treatment programs, an even higher staff-to-inmate ratio than low security FCI, and even greater internal controls.

High security institutions, also known as United States Penitentiaries (USP), have highly secured perimeters (featuring walls or reinforced fences), multiple- and single-occupant cell housing, the highest staff-to-inmate ratio, and close control of inmate movement.

Correctional Complexes: A number of BOP institutions belong to Federal Correctional Complexes (FCC). At FCC, institutions with different missions and security levels are located in close proximity to one another. FCC increase efficiency through the sharing of services, enable staff to gain experience at institutions of many security levels, and enhance emergency preparedness by having additional resources within close proximity.

Administrative facilities are institutions with special missions, such as the detention of pretrial offenders; the treatment of inmates with serious or chronic medical problems; or the containment of extremely dangerous, violent, or escape-prone inmates. Administrative facilities include Metropolitan Correctional Centers (MCC), Metropolitan Detention Centers (MDC),Federal Detention Centers (FDC), and Federal Medical Centers (FMC), as well as the Federal Transfer Center (FTC), the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners (MCFP), and the Administrative-Maximum (ADX) U.S. Penitentiary. Administrative facilities, except the ADX, are capable of holding inmates in all security categories.

Satellite Prison Camps: A number of BOP institutions have a small, minimum security camp adjacent to the main facility. These camps, often referred to as Satellite Prison Camps (SPC), provide inmate labor to the main institution and to off-site work programs. FCI Memphis has a non-adjacent camp that serves similar needs.

Federal Satellite Low Security: FCI Elkton and FCI Jesup each have a small Federal Satellite Low Security (FSL) facility adjacent to the main institution. FCI La Tuna has a low security facility affiliated with, but not adjacent to, the main institution.

Secure Female Facility: Currently, the BOP has one Secure Female Facility (SFF) unit (located at USP Hazelton, WV) designed to house female inmates. Programming at the SFF promotes personal growth by addressing the unique needs of this population.