The United States Bureau of Prisons has a website. That website includes facility codes for its various facilities, from camps to maximum-security prisons.
Of course, when the United States Bureau of Prisons sends out a notification of where a defendant has been designated to serve his or her sentence, it uses an entirely different set of facilities codes, which are not on the Bureau of Prisons web site, and which do not match the codes for the facilities described on the website. The only way to interpret these different codes is to (1) Google them and see what private inmate support groups say about them, or (2) piece them together from online documents in which the BOP uses different parts of the facility codes in different sections of documents.
Even government employees — say, employees of the U.S. Courts — have trouble interpreting these different sets of codes.
That's how a client who had every reason to expect a designation to a minimum-security camp could get a call from his Pretrial Services Officer telling him that he's been designated to a medium-security prison.
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