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Federal Prisons

Only one federal agency houses individuals convicted of crimes in U.S. federal courts: the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Other federal agencies contract and operate secure facilities for detaining individuals in pretrial status for violating federal laws. The two largest users of detention beds are the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The three agencies held almost 290,000 individuals at any one point during fiscal year (FY) 2015, and many more individuals passed through detention and prison beds operated by, or contracted for, these three agencies. At the end of FY 2015 (September 30), the BOP held 206,307 inmates and ICE had 39,082 detainees. The U.S. Marshals Service had 51,862 detainees per day on average for FY 2015. About 10,000 of the ...

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