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Title: Prison Alternatives: Crowded Federal Prisons Can Transfer More Inmates to Halfway Houses
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
General Government Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
Fairmont, WV 26554
US Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC 20548
Publication Number: GAO/GGD-92-5
Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3120
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After a review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP's) use of halfway houses and its criteria for the placement of inmates in halfway houses, this study determined whether halfway houses are a suitable alternative to prison for certain offenders.
Abstract: The researchers visited 11 of the BOP's 67 prisons; the 11 prisons held male and female inmates at various security levels and accounted for 1 in 5 inmates in Federal prison. A sample of 813 inmates which the prisons had designated eligible for halfway houses was selected. Prison officials subsequently approved less than half of the sample for halfway house placement, and those who were approved received far shorter placements than BOP policy anticipated. The study concluded that the BOP is not making full use of available halfway house beds; monthly occupancy rates at halfway houses averaged 73 percent for Federal inmates. BOP may be denying placements for inmates who could have used the services of a halfway house in making the transition from prison to the community. Also, by making more halfway house placements, BOP could make greater use of a prison alternative that could reduce prison crowding in the short term and lessen the need to build and operate costly new prisons in the future. Study recommendations pertain to criteria for halfway house placements and a timely procedure for inmate selection for such placement. 3 tables and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Halfway houses
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Federal Bureau of Prisons
Note: Report to the chairman, U.S. House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration, Committee on the Judiciary.
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