Semiannual Report to Congress

October 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010
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 36,000 employees and operates 115 institutions, 6 regional offices, and 2 staff training centers. The BOP is responsible for the custody and care of approximately 209,000 federal offenders, more than 172,000 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 2,755 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.

At the close of the reporting period, the OIG had 207 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

Review of the BOP’s Hiring Process

The OIG is reviewing procedures the BOP uses when hiring correctional officers to determine how effectively the process identifies unsuitable applicants for these positions.

Review of Health and Safety Issues at BOP Computer Recycling Facilities

The OIG is investigating whether the BOP adequately addressed allegations that workers and inmates at several BOP institutions were exposed to unsafe levels of lead, cadmium, and other hazardous materials in computer recycling plants operated by UNICOR, a government corporation within the BOP that employs staff and inmates at federal prisons throughout the United States.

Follow-up on the BOP’s Efforts to Manage Inmate Health Care

The OIG is conducting a follow-up audit of the BOP’s efforts to manage inmate health care. We are examining whether the BOP established and updated privileges, practice agreements, or protocols for its health care practitioners.


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