Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2009-September 30, 2009
Office of the Inspector General

Federal Bureau of Prisons
BOP logo The BOP operates a nationwide system of prisons and detention facilities to incarcerate individuals imprisoned for federal crimes and detain those awaiting trial or sentencing in federal court. The BOP has approximately 36,362 employees and operates 115 institutions, 6 regional offices, and 2 staff training centers. The BOP is responsible for the custody and care of approximately 209,027 federal offenders, 172,516 of whom are confined in BOP-operated correctional institutions and detention centers. The remainder are confined in facilities operated by state or local governments or in privately operated facilities.


During this reporting period, the OIG received 2,812 complaints involving the BOP. The most common allegations made against BOP employees included job performance failure; force, abuse, and rights violations; and security and custody failure. The vast majority of complaints dealt with non-criminal issues that the OIG referred to the BOP’s Office of Internal Affairs for its review and any appropriate action.

At the close of the reporting period, the OIG had 185 open cases of alleged misconduct against BOP employees. The criminal investigations covered a wide range of allegations, including introduction of contraband, bribery, and sexual abuse. The following are examples of cases involving the BOP that the OIG’s Investigations Division handled during this reporting period:

Ongoing Work

The BOP’s Furlough Program

The OIG is examining whether the BOP follows existing policies when granting furloughs to federal inmates. We are also assessing whether there are adequate safeguards in place to monitor furloughed inmates and how the BOP coordinates with other law enforcement agencies when an inmate escapes during an unescorted transfer or while on furlough.

Review of the BOP’s Hiring Process

The OIG is reviewing strategies and procedures the BOP uses when hiring correctional officers.

We are evaluating the BOP’s recruiting, applicant screening, interviewing, and training for correctional officers to assess whether the BOP’s hiring process identifies suitable applicants for these positions.


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