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DOJ/BOP RIN: 1120-AB72 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Inmate Discipline Program: New Prohibited Act Code for Pressuring Inmates for Legal Documents 

The Bureau of Prisons proposes to add a new code in the inmate discipline regulations to clarify that the Bureau may discipline inmates for pressuring or otherwise intimidating other inmates into producing copies of their own legal documents, such as pre-sentence reports (PSRs), statement of reasons (SORs), or other such documents.  The Bureau has found that inmates, or inmate groups, frequently pressure other inmates for copies of such legal documents pertaining to their criminal judgments, to learn if they are informants, gang members, have financial resources, to learn of others involved in offenses, to prove affiliations, etc., and some inmates who produced, or refused to produce, the documents were threatened, assaulted, and/or sought protective custody. The defense bar, federal sentencing courts, and the Bureau identified this issue as one of concern that requires heightened disciplinary attention.  

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 28 CFR 541   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    18 U.S.C. 3621, 3622, 3624, 4001, 4042, 4081, 4082 (repealed in part as to offenses committed on or after Nov. 1, 1987)    18 U.S.C. 4161 to 4166 (repealed as to offenses committed on or after Nov. 1, 1987)    18 U.S.C. 5006 to 5024 (repealed Oct. 12, 1984 as to offenses committed after that date)    18 U.S.C. 5039    28 U.S.C. 509, 510   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
NPRM Comment Period End  01/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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