You may not know that it is possible to change or influence your federal prison camp designation before you surrender, but there are multiple steps you can take which may help. If you would like to change your designation prior to surrendering, the following options may be available to you:
1. Contact Your Consultant: If you’re working with an advisor or consultant, reach out to them as soon as possible prior to your sentencing. They can provide guidance and assistance in navigating the process and advocating for a specific prison camp designation. This needs to be done prior to your sentencing.
2. Request a Designation Consideration: Have your consultant or attorney contact the United States Marshals Service (USMS) or the Designation and Sentence Computation Center (DSCC) to request a designation consideration before surrendering. Explain your reasons for the request, such as proximity to family, medical needs, or program availability.
3. Gather Supporting Documentation: Collect any supporting documentation that supports your request for a specific prison camp designation. This may include medical records, letters from family or community members, employment documentation, or any other relevant evidence that strengthens your case.
4. Present a Strong Case: Prepare a written request that clearly and concisely outlines the reasons why you are seeking a specific prison camp designation. Be persuasive and emphasize any compelling circumstances or factors that demonstrate the need for the requested designation.
5. Submit the Request Early: Submit your written request, along with any supporting documentation, as early as possible to provide ample time for review and consideration by the USMS or DSCC. The earlier you submit your request, the better chance you have of it being reviewed before your surrender date.
6. Follow Up: After submitting your request, follow up with the USMS or DSCC to check on the status of your designation consideration. Be polite and respectful in your communication, as they handle hundreds of requests and may require time to review and process them.
7. Seek Legal Counsel: If you face challenges or believe your request is not being adequately considered, consult with your attorney for further guidance. They can advocate on your behalf, provide additional support, or explore any available legal avenues to help achieve your desired prison camp designation.
Remember, the final decision regarding your prison camp designation rests with the BOP, and they have the authority to make the final determination based on various factors, such as bed space availability and security considerations.
Having a consultant on your team will greatly increase the chances of your being placed in a facility close to your family with the programs available to accelerate your release date. Remember, time is of the essence when dealing with a designation request. Usually the BOP will confirm a designation shortly after sentencing and attempting to be re-designated is rarely successful.