Exemptions & Redactions

The Freedom of Information Act applies to all information and records with strictly limited exceptions. Most BOP Program Statements (policies) are included on this website, except those categorized as Limited Official Use Only and a few that are not of sufficient public interest.

Some material in Program Statements may be "redacted" or withheld. Redacted material is indicated in the text by a bold number in brackets; e.g.,[552(b)(2)]. The number refers to one of the FOIA exemptions.

FOIA Exemptions:

In addition to the FOIA Exceptions there are FOIA Exclusions that protect certain especially sensitive law enforcement matters.