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Bureau of Prisons Selects New Health Care Accrediting Body

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has contracted with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) to provide accreditation services at the 122 BOP institutions that provide medical, dental and mental health services to prisoners. The AAAHC was founded in 1979 and according to its website is “the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with

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BOP Fails and Prevails in Prison Guard Discrimination Complaint

Robert T. Aranda, an “inmate systems officer” (prison guard), was a very litigious Bureau of Prisons employee. Between 1996 and 1998, while working at multiple BOP facilities in several capacities, Aranda filed at least six complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He alleged variations of racial (Hispanic) and gender (male) discrimination against many

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Eighth Circuit: Prior Convictions Not Relevant to Escape

Leonard Lester Slaughter III was serving a 115-month sentence at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility when he escaped. After pleading guilty to the escape, the District Court concluded that two prior convictions were not “relevant conduct” and thus counted them as felony convictions when calculating Slaughter’s criminal history category. Slaughter objected and made the

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Prisoner’s Wrongful Death FTCA Claim Dismissed For Lack of Jurisdiction

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has dismissed a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) case brought against the United States over the 2013 wrongful death of a prisoner held at Federal Correctional Institution Cumberland, Maryland. The case was brought by the widow and sons of Stephen P. Gardner. They claimed that

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Inmate Work Assignments in Federal Prison

By Christopher Zoukis Inmate employment is a requirement within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Except for those inmates who have been designated medically unable to work by Health Services or Psychology Services, all federal prisoners must maintain some form of employment throughout their incarceration. While most inmates will work within the confines of a federal

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U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit Targets Virginia Prisoner for Writing About Prison

Petersburg, VA – A Virginia prisoner, prisoner advocate and author was recently targeted by the U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit for his writing activities. “I’m a U.S.-born citizen with no ties to any terrorist organization, I don’t understand why I’m being targeted like this,” says Christopher Zoukis, a current inmate at FCI Petersburg Medium serving time for

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Censorship in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

BOP Attacks Incarcerated Writer Christopher Zoukis, Again By Kamea Zelisko Christopher Zoukis is no stranger to censorship by Federal Bureau of Prisons officials. Those who write from prison often have to contend with interference and retaliation at the hands of prison officials. They are thrown in solitary confinement, transferred to more violent prisons, and have

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The Processing of New Arrivals at Federal Prisons

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is a massive entity with over 41,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $7 billion. It is responsible for the housing and management of approximately 188,000 federal inmates, each of which must be cataloged, inventoried, and processed into the prison system, and ultimately into each individual federal prison.

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How the Bureau of Prisons Manages Risk Relevant Behaviors by Sex Offenders

  A trend has emerged in recent years concerning the treatment and management of incarcerated sex offenders: prison administrators are conjuring up new and more restrictive means of managing the sex offenders housed in their prison systems. Over the years, a plethora of restrictive tools have been employed in this context. These have included banning

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