Department of Justice Wants More Inmates in Prison Drug Abuse Treatment Program

The Bureau of Prisons, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, is proposing revisions to residential drug abuse treatment program regulations to allow greater inmate participation in the program, The Hill reports.

The bureau proposes to remove language from the regulations that require the automatic removal of inmates from the program if they have an incident, such as being caught using alcohol or drugs, being violent or attempting to escape. The proposed rule would allow the bureau more discretion in determining which inmates should be removed from the program.

Under the proposed rules, the bureau would give at least one formal warning before removing an inmate from the program, unless there was a documented lack of compliance, and the inmate’s continued participation would be an immediate problem for the staff or other inmates.

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