By Christopher Zoukis Rapid REPAT, a little known federally funded program is making headlines in the state of Rhode Island not for its success, but for its failure to be utilized by the state. The Rapid REPAT (Removal of Eligible Parolees Accepted for Transfer) program was initiated by the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs…

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By Christopher Zoukis In 1980 the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had a budget of about $330 million and housed around 25,000 federal inmates.  The number certainly wasn’t small, but it was manageable.  In the last 30 years this population has exploded: federal prisoners now number in excess of 219,000, which accounts for the 39%…

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