Residential Reentry Contracting

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) welcomes and encourages your participation in the acquisitions process. This page is specific to residential reentry contracting and includes information on contract procurement and post-award contract administration. This page also includes current relevant Statements of Work (SOWs) for the various types of BOP residential reentry programs. SOWs are documents that outline contract performance requirements. For background, it is recommended that you review the Doing Business section before proceeding.

Residential Reentry Centers

The BOP contracts with Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs), to provide assistance to inmates who are nearing release. RRCs provide a structured, supervised environment, counseling, job placement, and other services. RRCs help inmates gradually rebuild their ties to the community and facilitate offenders' activities during this readjustment phase. An important component of the RRC program is transitional drug abuse treatment for inmates who have completed the residential drug abuse program (RDAP) while confined in a BOP institution.

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Providing Services to Juveniles

The BOP enters into agreements with tribal, state, and local governments, and into contracts with private organizations to provide for the secure care and confinement of federal juvenile offenders in correctional facilities. Contractors are responsible for ensuring the safety, care, security, control, accountability, and custody of juvenile offenders, and providing for public protection through a system of written policies, procedures, and practices that are based on recognized juvenile correctional practices.

Training: The services required in this SOW must be performed by paid staff that has been properly screened and trained prior to having contact with juvenile offenders. In addition to paid staff, the BOP requires the contractor to follow the American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards on the use of unpaid individuals, such as mentors and/or volunteers, who have been approved by the residential reentry manager (RRM).

The contractor must submit a plan for providing annual training to all paid staff. The training should enhance the employee's ability to perform his/her responsibilities. At the very minimum, the contractor is to provide clerical and support staff with 16 hours of annual training each year. Direct supervision staff must receive, at the very minimum, 24 hours of annual training. The contractor is responsible for developing the training agenda according to need. However, the BOP requires that the following training topics be included during annual training:

  • CPR/first aid
  • Emergency fire evacuation
  • Suicide prevention and intervention
  • Use of force policies
  • Sexual abuse and prevention
  • Mental health awareness

Program Requirements: The BOP requires contractors to submit policies and procedures that ensure 50 hours/week of quality programming for all federal juveniles. The elements of such programming must be individually tailored to the juvenile, include short- and long-term objectives that are realistic and achievable, and be formalized in a written plan. The BOP requires individualized program plans (IPPs) for every juvenile in custody. Regardless of the terminology used to refer to these plans (e.g., individualized treatment plan or individualized plan [ICP]), the BOP IPP must be reviewed regularly and updated as objectives are completed. Contractors must ensure all information obtained during the juvenile's intake, orientation, and assessment is incorporated in a formalized IPP that, at a minimum, addresses the following:

  • education
  • vocational training
  • independent living preparation
  • specialized treatment goals and objectives
  • counseling and psychological services
  • structured recreational activities
  • religious services
  • cultural services
  • financial responsibility

Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Contractors are required to identify and provide educational services for juveniles with special educational needs, as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. An IEP must be incorporated into the juvenile's IPP. At a minimum, the IEP should identify:

  • annual, measurable goals developed in light of both the juvenile's abilities and deficits
  • instructional methodology - to assist teachers in identifying effective teaching strategies
  • least restrictive environment - to mainstream juveniles into a regular classroom setting

Family Reunification and Community Reintegration: To facilitate family reunification and community reintegration, contractors must provide for family visitation, as well as ensure that individual and family counseling are made available to all juveniles, their families, and/or significant others, if feasible. Counseling must be provided by qualified professionals with appropriate state licensure, if required. Additional consultation services must be made available on an as needed basis. Due to the high percentage of Native American juveniles in the system, reasonable provisions should also be made for visitation by the extended family, tribal leaders, and tribal members, provided it does not interfere with or disrupt the safe operation of the facility.

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