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DOJ/BOP RIN: 1120-AB70 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Use of Restraints  

In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes to amend its regulation on the use of force and application of restraints on inmates to permit the use of restraint equipment or devices to secure an inmate to a fixed object to facilitate participation in education, treatment, recreation, or religious programs. This regulation change will clarify that the use of restraints in this manner to facilitate programming is not considered a use of force, and should be the least restrictive means necessary to prevent that inmate from hurting self, staff, or others, and/or to prevent serious property damage. Restraints may be used in this manner to facilitate programming only while under staff supervision, only for as long as necessary to participate in the activity, and only if consistent with the inmate’s medical and mental health conditions. Altering the language of the regulation will allow for the use of less invasive restraints and contribute to an environment that is more conducive to successful programming.

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 28 CFR 552   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    18 U.S.C. 3621, 3622, 3624    18 U.S.C. 4001, 4042, 4081, 4082 (Repealed in part as to offenses committed on or after November 1, 1987)    18 U.S.C. 5006-5024 (Repealed October 12, 1984 as to offenses committed after that date)    18 U.S.C. 5039    28 U.S.C. 509, 510    28 CFR 0.95-0.99.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Sarah N. Qureshi
Rules Administrator
Department of Justice
Bureau of Prisons
HOLC Building, 320 First Street NW,
Washington, DC 20534
Phone:202 353-8248
Fax:202 305-4577