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Restitution Payments through IRFP Not Subject to Judicial Scrutiny

Restitution paid through the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IRFP) is not subject to judicial scrutiny, U.S. District Judge Rodger C. Hunt held December 11, 2007.

Mark Young, a federal prisoner, filed a motion with his sentencing judge asking that a schedule of restitution payments be set. Young complained that he was being forced to pay $50 a month from his prison earnings through the IRFP toward his restitution. Young argued that the BOP’s setting of a payment schedule was improper under Ninth Circuit precedent.

The court denied Young’s motion. The “BOP’s authority to administer the IFRP is independent of the sentencing court’s duty to schedule restitution payments,” the court held. See: United States v. Young, 533 F. Supp. 2d 1086 (D. Nev 2007).

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United States v. Young