JT Special Prison Report 18:
The Designation Process


The Designation Process: Which federal prison will you go to?


The Designation Process: Which federal prison will you go to?

A JT Special Prison Report which explains the federal prison designation process and educates the reader on those issues affecting designation. There are many factors to consider when a designation is made for both a self-surrendering defendant and a defendant taken into custody by the United States Marshals Service. The ideal placement would be a minimum security Federal Prison Camp (FPC). FPCs have dormitory type housing, a relatively low staff-to-inmate ratio, and limited or no perimeter fencing. Inmates have much more freedom of movement than in the other security level federal prisons.

Due to current prison overcrowding, 44%, and the large number of white collar defendants being incarcerated, white collar defendants are finding it more and more difficult to be designated close to their families and to be designated to a lower security federal prison. More and more white-collar defendants are being designated to geographically removed federal prisons far from their families. Many white-collar defendants are also being designated to a higher security level federal prison. The days of a slap on the wrist, probation, and/or home confinement are over for white-collar defendants. There is no more Club Fed. Prison overcrowding, clogged courts, more vigorous prosecution of white-collar crimes, and longer sentences all combine for more and more unfavorable designations. . Just hoping for a good designation won’t work. A good federal prison designation is the result of hours and hours of hard work laying a solid foundation well before your sentencing date.

This JT Special Prison Report explores the designation process and educates the reader in all aspects of designation including judicial recommendations, Management Variables, Public Safety Factors, distance from family, program requirements, and federal prison overcrowding.