Inmate Populations in Federal Prisons: Buildup Issues and Policy Options


Russell C. Boysen (Editor)

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
BISAC: LAW026020

Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Some of the growth is attributable to changes in federal criminal justice policy during the previous three decades. An issue before Congress is whether policymakers consider the rate of growth in the federal prison population sustainable, and if not, what changes could be made to federal criminal justice policy to reduce the prison population while maintaining public safety. This book explores the issues related to the growing federal prison population, with a focus on the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) operations and budget; federal mandatory minimum sentences; maximum fines and terms of imprisonment for violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and related laws; and a statistics report of prisoners in 2011 from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options
(Nathan James, CRS)

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP): Operations and Budget
(Nathan James, CRS)

Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences: The Safety Valve and Substantial Assistance Exceptions
(Charles Doyle, CRS)

Drug Offenses: Maximum Fines and Terms of Imprisonment for Violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and Related Laws
(Brian T. Yeh, CRS)

Prisoners in 2011
(E. Ann Car son, William J. Sabol, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics)


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