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 BOP Disciplinary Code Webinar 

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Disciplinary Code

In this replay of our July 10, 2022, interactive webinar, we presented on the importance of understanding the Bureau of Prisons’ disciplinary code. Any person that anticipates a surrender to federal prison can learn from this webinar. Knowledge is power. By understanding what’s coming, participants empower themselves, removing some fear and anxiety that can come with the unknown.

Webinar Format:

  • How to Join:
    • Through email, we’ll send a webinar link for the Zoom meeting. You may click the link to join by video or audio. Participants will receive a reminder 10 minutes before the webinar.
  • Privacy:
    • We respect anyone’s wish to remain anonymous. It is not necessary to identify yourself. People can join by audio only (without video) if they prefer; to view the screen share, they will need video. 
    • We will record the session. All participants will receive a link to the recording, which will include screen shares.
    • If you want to protect anonymity, when joining please choose an alias when joining the call (Other people may be on this group call.)
  • Meeting Schedule:
    • One or more of our team members will host the webinar. 
    • After a brief introduction, our host will follow the outline below, presenting on each topic. 
    • The outline in the left margin of this document will show the topics we intend to cover.
    • The host will ask participants to remain muted for each section of the presentation.
  • Interactions
    • Following the presentation on each section, the host will invite participants to ask questions. 
    • Participants may click the “hand” icon on the toolbar. 
      • The hand icon will let the host know that a participant has a question.
    • Participants may also leave comments or questions in the chat window by clicking the “chat” icon in the Zoom toolbar.
  • Publishing

This page will live on the following Prison Professors URLs:

  • Prison Professors website
  • iTunes podcast
  • YouTube channel

Purpose of this project:

With you from sentencing date, through completion of time on Supervised Release

BOP Policy 5270: Disciplianry Code

  1. Resources to Learn: BOP policy, 5270: Inmate Discipline Program
    1. Why start with an understanding of disciplinary infractions?
      1. Handbook upon entry
      2. Once received, held accountable
      3. Implications on First Step Act, Cares Act
        1. Example of phone call after release from quarantine
          1. Sanction he faced
        2. Influences of others

How BOP Staff Issue Reports

  1. Issuance of Report
    1. Staff have 24 hours to issue
    2. Time begins to toll from the moment the staff becomes aware of the incident.
      1. Example of accusation in Ft. Dix

Alternative to Formal Sanctions

  1. Request informal resolution
    1. Extra duty
    2. Removes from the file
      1. Advantage: Removal from the central file
      2. Disadvantage: Accept sanctions despite not doing anything

What Happens After Officer Writes Report?

  1. Process of getting an infraction
    1. Lieutenant’s Office
    2. Trip to SHU
      1. Understand and don’t fear

Miranda Warning:

  1. Reading the accusation
    1. Understand the formal procedure
    2. Prepare written statement
    3. Call witnesses
      1. If helpful, call staff representative
        1. Example of accusation with the phone issue in unit 5703
      2. Moral: Keep a journal
        1. Becomes evidence
        2. Useful tool in defense

Prohibited Acts

  1. Prohibited Acts
    1. Greatest severity: 100 series
    2. High severity: 200 series
    3. Moderate severity: 300 series
    4. Low severity: 400 series

Consequences of Disciplinary Infraction

  1. Collateral Influences
    1. Custody and Classification
    2. First Step Act
    3. Cares Act
    4. Good time / housing / privileges
    5. Sanctions

Individual Decisions

  1. Underground Economy
    1. Explain

The Hole

  1. Special Housing Unit
    1. Descriptions
    2. Activities


  1. SIS Investigations
    1. How they begin
      1. Confidential informants
    2. How to respond
      1. Deliberate adjustments
      2. Journal
      3. Administrative Remedy

Examples and Questions

  1. Examples
    1. Business: Stocks
    2. Work details: Lawyer and hose
    3. Interactions: altercations–laundry, critical thinking
    4. Underground economy
  1. Next Webinar
    1. First Month
    2. Admissions and Orientation


Group Assets

  1. Disciplinary Code:
  2. Administrative Remedy:
  3. Learn from SMEs: 
  4. Advocacy Page: 
  5. Before Sentencing Page: 
  6. After Sentencing Page:

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