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05. Prison Designation

Prisonology interviews Jack Donson, Bureau of Prisons Case Manager - Retired, to discuss how a defendant is designated to a particular federal prison.


The Bureau of Prisons operates a facility in Grand Prairie, TX known as the Designation and Sentence Computation Center.  There, groups of teams receive information generated in preparation for, and at, the sentencing hearing.  That information is sent from the Clerk of the Court to the U.S. Marshals Service who then request a prison designation for the defendant.  This section presents how the BOP uses this information to determine the federal prison designation.

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