Capacities report, 10/31/2019
This capacities report, part of a form called a PP-80, is current as of Halloween 2019. We will keep you updated as the once and future Director, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, retakes the BOP's reins.
Capacities report, 3/19/2019
Capacities report as of March 2019, with declaration of "crowding" rates. Notably, there is no "design" capacity released, meaning we are still unsure what these facilities were originally designed to hold.
First Step Act guidance
Here are the BOP's release guidance papers regarding the new "First Step" Act, regarding sentence reductions and other sentencing reforms.
Capacities report, 8/8/2017
Useful not just for rated capacity measures -- used to determine overcrowding rates -- but also for keeping track of all the BOP's many facilities.
Prison Capacities, Rated and Designation
The capacities of federal prisons were published annually, in the "State of the Bureau," until about 2001. Today, not even the "annual" State of the Bureau is published annually. This February 2016 response (replacing our former, 2009 response) offers a glimpse of how many inmates that prisons were designed to hold, and are now "rated" to hold. To get a feel for how overcrowded the BOP is, compare these numbers to the weekly "Inmate Population Report," published at http://www.bop.gov.
Understaffed USP Atwater
These reflect unfilled Positions at USP Atwater, California, as of March 2018. More followup coming.
Reduction in Sentence ("compassionate release") decisions
These records track requests and outcomes of Reduction in Sentence motions between about 2013 and 2015. Data has changed in the past four years, I hope.
Review of changes: BOP Reduction in Sentence Motions
Re-published with permissions
The BOP breaks its facilities into four "Medical Care Levels" -- Level 1 are facilities for the healthiest of inmates, often in rural areas, while Level 4 facilities are the Medical Centers. Most Facilities are Medical Level 2, meaning generally that they are within driving distance from a regional medical center and can house inmates with controlled medical conditions. This 2012 response lists BOP prison Medical Levels.
Ion Spectrometer Guidance, 2009
For many years, the BOP has been using Ion Spectrometers - devices designed to detect molecules of contraband substances, like explosives or drugs. Positive ion spectrometer tests used to mean the person could not enter a BOP facility that day. After finally addressing "software" issues, this guidance about how to use Ion Spectrometers was issued.