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One-Third Of Federal Inmates Committed 'Prohibited Acts'

About one-third of federal prisoners committed "prohibited acts" last year, reports the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics in a summary of prison data under the 2018 First Step Act. A total of 50,126 prisoners were responsible for 80,490 prohibited acts. Prisons with the most prohibited acts were the medium security facilities Forrest City Federal Correctional Institution-Medium in Arkansas (1,960 prohibited acts) and Hazleton Federal Correctional Institution in West Virginia (1,614) and the high security facility McCreary U.S. Penitentiary in Kentucky (1,434). ƒPrison staff were physically assaulted by federal prisoners 965 times, which resulted in serious injuries 19 times and 12 prosecutions of prisoners, the report said.


The federal prison population increased about 1%, from 156,542 at yearend 2021 to 158,637 at yearend 2022. Forty-one percent of inmates had a child age 20 or younger, down from 49% in 2021. ƒ Seventy percent of prisoners had earned a high school diploma, general equivalency degree (GED), or other equivalent certificate before entering prison, and an additional 3,543 earned their GED credential or equivalent certificate during 2022. In 2022, there were 10,177 instances of inmates in special housing units, a 10% increase from 2021 (9,261). ƒ here were 348 instances of inmates in "administrative maximum housing" during 2022. Some 96 pregnant women were in federal prisons. females were held in BOP-operated facilities . Some 2,412 prisoners received medication-assisted treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a substance use disorder while in federal custody, more than double the number in 2021 (1,127). In 2022, 20,880 federal prisoners participated in a nonresidential substance use disorder treatment program, while 12,035 participated in a residential program.

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