Mission and Vision of the Bureau of Prisons

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens.

Vision Statement

The Federal Bureau of Prisons, judged by any standard, is widely and consistently regarded as a model of outstanding public administration, and as the best value provider of efficient, safe and humane correctional services and programs in America.

This vision will be realized when:

  • The Bureau provides for public safety by assuring that no escapes or disturbances occur in its facilities.
  • The Bureau ensures the physical safety of all inmates through a controlled environment which meets each inmate’s need for security through the elimination of violence, predatory behavior, gang activity, drug use, and inmate weapons.
  • Through the provision of health care, mental, spiritual, educational, vocational and work programs, inmates are well-prepared for a productive and crime-free return to society.
  • The Bureau is a model of cost-efficient correctional operations and programs.
  • Our talented, professional, well-trained, and diverse staff reflect the Bureau’s culture and treat each other fairly.
  • Staff work in an environment free from discrimination.
  • A positive working relationship exists where employees maintain respect for one another.
  • The workplace is safe, and staff perform their duties without fear of injury or assault.
  • Staff maintain high ethical standards in their day-to-day activities.
  • Staff are satisfied with their jobs, career opportunities, recognition, and quality of leadership.