January 1, 2014
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A federal judge on Tuesday approved the release of former civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart after the director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) filed a motion requesting her sentence be adjusted to time-served. Judge John G. Koeltl granted the motion after it was filed Tuesday, finding that Stewart' ...[read more]
August 11, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On August 11, 1934, the first civilian prisoners arrived at Alcatraz. The island was previously used as a military detention center, housing Civil War prisoners and conscientious objectors during World War I, among others. Alcatraz operated as a federal prison under the Federal Bureau of Prisons ...[read more]
June 7, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The US Supreme Court on Monday decided 6-3 in Barber v. Thomas to uphold the method used by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for calculating good time sentence reductions for federal prisoners. The Sentencing Reform Act permits federal prison authorities to award prisoners credit agai... ...[read more]
December 6, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
The Obama administration is seeking Illinois congressional support for a plan to purchase a prison facility in northwestern Illinois to house terrorism suspects currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Last week officials from the White House, the Department of ...[read more]
November 15, 2009
by Steve Czajkowski
White House officials are considering purchasing a prison facility in northwestern Illinois to house terrorism suspects currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, according to media reports Saturday. The Thomson Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison located about 150 miles west of Chicago... ...[read more]
June 19, 2009
by Christian Ehret
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit Thursday against the US government, challenging the establishment of isolated cells within federal prisons that were allegedly created in violation of federal law. Filed against US Attorney General Eric Holder and two Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ...[read more]
June 6, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
The US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released two new reports Friday detailing increased populations in American jails and prisons. The reports show that the US prison population increased by 1.5 percent from mid-year 2006 to mid-year 2007, compared with 2 percent ...[read more]
January 22, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a prison inmate cannot bring a lawsuit against federal prison guards over the handling of the inmate's possessions under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, Abdus-Shahid Ali sued prison officials working for both the Distric... ...[read more]
September 27, 2007
by Brett Murphy
The US federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said Wednesday that it will reshelve all religious material taken from prison chapel libraries originally determined to fall outside of the agency's approved list of materials. The BOP made the decision to temporarily end the Standardized Chapel Library Pro... ...[read more]
September 10, 2007
by James M Yoch Jr
Several inmates of a federal penitentiary in New York have filed a lawsuit challenging a decision by the US Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to remove religious and spiritual books from prison chapel libraries, according to the New York Times on Monday. Prison chaplains across the country have been ...[read more]

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