We are an agency like no other.

We protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community.

193,299 Inmates

Our agency is responsible for the custody and care of federal inmates.

34% Rate of Recidivism

In 2016, the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that only 34% of the inmates released from the Bureau of Prisons in 2005 were rearrested or had their supervision revoked over a three year period. This figure reflects a 16% decline over the past couple of decades, and is half the rate of many large state Departments of Corrections as reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The Bureau of Prisons provides a myriad of inmate programs to address criminogenic needs related to substance abuse, education, employment and more, thereby ensuring inmates' successful transition to the community.

The Bureau of Prisons provides a myriad of inmate programs to address criminogenic needs. Accordingly, the federal recidivism rate has declined over the past couple of decades and is now half the rate of many large state Departments of Corrections. See Details

39,683 Employees

We ensure the security of federal prisons and provide inmates with programs and services that model mainstream values.