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Ninth Circuit Upholds BOP IFRP Program

The federal prisons' Inmate Financial Responsibility Program, which provides for development of a plan for inmates to pay obligations such as court-ordered assessments, restitution, and fines, with deprivation of privileges and preferred housing as a sanction for noncompliance, does not improperly intrude on the court's sentencing authority or constitute an illegal delegation of authority. The court tap-dances around contrary authority and says the plaintiff "has not presented a meritorious constitutional claim that prisons may not maintain work programs that require inmates to pay court-imposed fines or restitution." (550) See: Montano-Figueroa v. Crabtree, 162 F.3d 548 (9th Cir. 1998).

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Montano-Figueroa v. Crabtree