Are there any emergency situations in which an inmate can be temporarily released?

Yes, consideration is given around funerals and illness, but there are limitations and strict guidelines...

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Are there any emergency situations in which an inmate can be temporarily released?

Inmates can be temporarily released to attend funerals of immediate family. Here is a sample statement from the Bureau of Prisons:

"Bedside visits and funeral trips may be authorized for inmates, when an immediate family member is seriously ill, in critical condition, or has passed away. Normally, one staff member will escort the inmate during the entire trip. The inmate is responsible for all costs involved, excluding the first eight hours the employee is on duty. There are occasions when an escorted trip is not approved, even when all policy required conditions are met, based on a determination that a perceived danger to Bureau staff may result, or the security concerns of the individual inmate might outweigh the need to visit the community."

Inmates can also be temporarily released if the facility in which they are incarcerated becomes uninhabitable.

 

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