Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for New Low Security Beds
The U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announces the availability of the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the proposed contract to secure additional inmate bed space for the BOP's growing inmate population. As part of an initiative (known as the Criminal Alien Requirement), the BOP has identified a specific requirement to confine a population of approximately 1,000 low-security adult male inmates that are primarily criminal aliens. The BOP is seeking to reduce prison overcrowding by requesting additional contract beds for low-security male criminal aliens. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and the Department of Justice procedures for implementing NEPA (28 CFR part 61), the BOP has prepared an EA to evaluate the proposed action of contracting with one private contractor to house approximately 1,000 Federal, low-security, adult male, non-U.S. citizen, criminal aliens at a contractor-owned, contractor-operated correctional facility. The BOP's EA evaluates the potential environmental consequences of five action alternatives and the No Action Alternative. Natural, cultural, and socioeconomic resource impacts associated with the implementation of the proposed action at each of the proposed alternative locations were analyzed to determine how these resources may be affected by contracting for an existing correctional facility to house BOP inmates. The alternatives considered for this proposed action include: Lee Adjustment Center, Beattyville, Kentucky; Limestone County Detention Center, Groesbeck, Texas; Jackson Parish Correctional Center, Jonesboro, Louisiana; Pine Prairie Correctional Center, Pine Prairie, Louisiana; or the Jack Harwell Detention Facility, Waco, Texas. Inmates housed in these facilities would be aliens from any number of countries who have committed crimes within the U.S. and are being held for trial, or who have been convicted and sentenced to serve time within the Federal prison system. Upon completion of their sentences, these inmates would be deported to their country of origin. Request for Comments: The BOP invites your participation and is soliciting comments on the EA. The EA will be the subject of a 30-day comment period which begins January 28 and ends February 28, 2011. Comments concerning the EA and the proposed action must be received during this time to be assured consideration. All written comments received during this review period will be taken into consideration by the BOP. Copies of the EA are available for public viewing at: County of Lee Public Library, 123 Center Street, Beattyville, KY. Groesbeck Public Library (Maffet Memorial Library), 601 W. Yeagua Street, Groesbeck, TX. Jackson Parish Library, 614 S Polk Avenue, Jonesboro, LA. Evangeline Parish Library: Pine Prairie Branch, 1111 Walnut Street, Pine Prairie, LA. South Waco Library, 2737 S 18th Street, Waco, TX. East Waco Library, 901 Elm Avenue, Waco, TX. The EA is available upon request. To request a copy of the EA, please contact: Richard A. Cohn, Chief, or Issac J. Gaston, Site Selection Specialist, Capacity Planning and Site Selection Branch, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street, NW., Washington, DC 20534 Tel: 202-514-6470, Fax: 202-616-6024/E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Housing Approximately 1,750 Low-Security, Adult Male Inmates, That Are Predominantly Criminal Aliens at a Privately-Owned and Operated Institution in Either Hinton, OK; McRae, GA; Baldwin, MI; or Scott County, MS
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and conduct Public Scoping Meetings for the proposed housing of inmates under the Criminal Alien Requirement 12 (CAR 12) solicitation, at a facility located in either Hinton, Oklahoma; McRae, Georgia; Baldwin, Michigan; or Scott County, Mississippi.
Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of Five Synthetic Cannabinoids Into Schedule I; Correction
On November 24, 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a Notice of Intent announcing its intention to temporarily place five synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This notice corrects two administrative errors made in that document.
Supplemental Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), establishes minimum national standards for sex offender registration and notification. The Attorney General issued the National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification (``SORNA Guidelines'' or ``Guidelines'') on July 2, 2008, to provide guidance and assistance to jurisdictions in implementing the SORNA standards in their sex offender registration and notification programs. These supplemental guidelines augment or modify certain features of the SORNA Guidelines in order to make a change required by the KIDS Act and to address other issues arising in jurisdictions' implementation of the SORNA requirements. The matters addressed include certain aspects of public Web site posting of sex offender information, interjurisdictional tracking and information sharing regarding sex offenders, the review process concerning jurisdictions' SORNA implementation, the classes of sex offenders to be registered by jurisdictions retroactively, and the treatment of Indian tribes newly recognized by the Federal government subsequent to the enactment of SORNA.
Office on Violence Against Women Meeting
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of the forthcoming public meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women (hereinafter ``NAC'').
Establishment of the Office of Justice Programs' Science Advisory Board
The OJP Science Advisory Board is being established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. 2. The OJP Science Advisory Board will provide OJP, a component of the Department of Justice, with valuable advice in the areas of social science and statistics for the purpose of enhancing the overall impact and performance of its programs and activities in criminal and juvenile justice. The Board will provide input into developing long-range plans, advise on program development, and provide guidance to ensure adherence to the highest levels of scientific rigor, as appropriate. The Board will provide an important base of contact with the criminal justice academic and practitioner communities, and is necessary and in the public interest. The Board's Charter is subject to renewal and will expire two years from its filing. The OJP Science Advisory Board is continuing in nature, to remain functional until the Attorney General determines that all necessary duties have been performed.
Meeting of the Office of Justice Programs' Science Advisory Board
This is an announcement of the first meeting of OJP's Science Advisory Board (``Board''). The Board is chartered to provide OJP, a component of the Department of Justice, with valuable advice in the areas of social science and statistics for the purpose of enhancing the overall impact and performance of its programs and activities in criminal and juvenile justice. The Board will provide input into developing long-range plans, advise on program development, and provide guidance to ensure adherence to the highest levels of scientific rigor, as appropriate. The Board will provide an important base of contact with the criminal justice academic and practitioner communities.
In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) revises its federal regulations on the inmate furlough program primarily to more clearly provide for and define transfer furloughs. Also, under this rule, the Bureau is expanding the authority of its Wardens to consider all inmates potentially eligible for non-transfer furloughs, as opposed to the current rule, which limits consideration to inmates with community custody status.
NIJ Draft Metal Detector Standards for Public Safety
In an effort to obtain comments from interested parties, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will make available to the general public the following draft standards for metal detectors: 1. Walk-through Metal Detector Standard for Public Safety. 2. Hand-held Metal Detector Standard for Public Safety. The opportunity to provide comments on these voluntary standards is open to industry technical representatives, law enforcement agencies and organizations, research, development and scientific communities, and all other stakeholders and interested parties. Those individuals wishing to obtain and provide comments on the draft standard under consideration are directed to the following Web site: https:// www.justnet.org. Please note that all comments received are considered part of the public record and may be made available for public inspection online. Such information includes personal identifying information (such as name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter. If you wish to submit personal identifying information (such as your name, address, etc.) as part of your comment, but do not wish for it to be posted online, you must include the phrase ``PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION'' in the first paragraph of your comment. You also must locate all the personal identifying information you do not wish to be posted online in the first paragraph of your comment and clearly identify what information you would like redacted. If you wish to submit confidential business information as part of your comment but do not wish for it to be posted online, you must include the phrase ``CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION'' in the first paragraph of your comment. You also must prominently identify confidential business information to be redacted within the comment. If a comment has so much confidential business information that it cannot be effectively redacted, all or part of that comment may not be posted online. Personal identifying information and confidential business information identified and located as set forth above will be placed in the agency's public docket file (which will be made available for public inspection upon request), but not posted online.