Federal Prison Consultants, LLC Advises That With Recent BOP Designation Changes, it is Extremely Important to Get Your GED or High School Diploma Before Entering Prison

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) scores newly designated inmates for higher security level placement if they are under age 30 and do not have a GED or high school diploma. This process is part of the newly revised core Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Program Statement 5100 - Inmate Security Designation and Custody Classification Manual. The newest version is 5100.08. This scoring could mean that you will be designated at a much higher security level if you do not plan ahead.

Federal Prison Consultants, LLC advises defendants, inmates, their families and federal criminal defense attorneys on strategies related to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Programs Statements, Policies and Procedures.

Federal Prison Consultants, LLC recommends that you review the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Core Program Statement 5100.08 - Inmate Security Designation and Custody Classification Manual, below. Although some areas of the program statement appear vague, for example in evaluating the educational history of a future inmate, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will now consider designating an incoming inmate who is 30 years of age or less, without a GED or High School Diploma into a higher security level institution, regardless of the sentence length, because they now deem inmates 30 years of age or less without a GED or High School Diploma, a potential problem inmate.

WHAT THIS MEANS IF YOU ARE SENTENCED TO FEDERAL JAIL TIME AND YOU DO NOT HAVE A GED OR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND ARE AGED 30 OR LESS? It means that you need to be proactive and while you are on release you need to try to get your GED. Also, if the U.S. Probation officer can not verify your educational background, when you are send to federal prison you will be treated as if you do not have a GED or High School Diploma. So, it is extremely important that you provide verification of some sort or when the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designates you to the facility where you will be serving your time, it may very well be a higher security level facility then you were thinking or told by your federal criminal defense attorney.

IS THERE HELP THROUGH THE PROCESS? Yes, Federal Prison Consultants, LLC offers our consulting services to anyone facing a federal term of imprisonment. We offer consulting services that start from the indictment on to the post-conviction stages. We offer a free assessment consultation by calling toll free 1-888-5-PRISON, between the hours of 10 AM and 10 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Saturday and put our 200 plus years of combined experience to work for you.


On September 12, 2006, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) made major revisions to their core Program Statement 5100 - Inmate Security Designation and Custody Classification Manual. The newest version is 5100.08.

Major changes to this core program statement include:

1. The creation of the DSCC- Designation and Sentence Computation Center in Grand Prairie, Texas. All inmates will now be designated by BOP Staff at this location. The DSCC was developed to provide consistency in the designation/redesignation process.

2. Additional changes such as Criminal History Score, Inmate Age, Education Level, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Living Skills and Program Participation have replaced previous scoring categories such as, Type Of Prior Commitment, Mental/Psychological Stability, Responsibility Demonstrated, and Release On Own Recognizance. The new additional categories should improve the designation and custody classification process.

3. Further clarification of scoring has been provided regarding Family/Community Ties, Deportable Alien PSF, Prison Disturbance and Medical Transfer Code Descriptions. PSF stands for Public Safety Factor.

4. The floor for the Violent Behavior PSF has been reduced from High Security to Low Security. This will allow lower security level placement.

5. A Custody Variance Table has been developed. This will help with special circumstances in regard to designation.

6. An Expiration Date has been added for the Greater Security Management Variable. This will allow a time-factor analysis on lowering a security level.

7. Unescorted Transfers: Allows for inmates to be transferred from one camp to another that are camp status. This will make nearer transfers and transfers to the RDAP Program easier and more humane.

8. More consideration and urgency are given to the PSI/R - Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (completed by the US Probation Department) and the Statement of Reasons (made by the Sentencing Judge). Based on this, it is more important then ever that these stages be documented and handled properly.

Contact Federal Prison Consultants, LLC for a free assessment consultation at toll free 1-888-5-PRISON and put our 200 plus years of combined experience to work for you.


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