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GAO reviewed the Bureau of Prisons to determine whether it had made overpayments to contractors. During fiscal year 2001, the Bureau of Prisons had 24 open construction contracts that totaled about $1.9 billion.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed: (1) the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) progress in reducing overcrowding and increasing capacity at its facilities; (2) BOP progress in meeting its expansion plans; and (3) the impact of sentencing policies on prison expansion.
In response to a congressional request, GAO obtained information on the prison and correctional institution populations and capacities of the Federal prison system, the District of Columbia, and the 50 States for the period 1983 through 1990; compared their projections of future populations with their...
During the past 5 years, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has spent over $200 million for new prison facilities and nearly $1 billion for the care and custody of its prisoners. Despite these large expenditures, Federal prisons are overcrowded.