18 U.S. Code § 1791 - Providing or possessing contraband in prison
Section consolidates sections 753j and 908 of title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed. The section was broadened to include the taking or sending out of contraband from the institution. This was suggested by representatives of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. In other respects the section was rewritten without change of substance.
The words “narcotic”, “drug”, “weapon” and “contraband” were omitted, since the insertion of the words “contrary to any rule or regulation promulgated by the attorney general” preserves the intent of the original statutes.
Minor verbal changes also were made.
Schedules I, II, and III, referred to in subsec. (d)(1)(A), (B), probably mean schedules I to III of the schedules of controlled substances, which are set out in section 812(c) of Title 21, Food and Drugs.
2010—Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 111–225, § 2(1)(A), substituted “, (d)(1)(E), or (d)(1)(F)” for “or (d)(1)(E)”.
Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 111–225, § 2(1)(B), substituted “(d)(1)(G)” for “(d)(1)(F)”.
Subsec. (d)(1)(F), (G). Pub. L. 111–225, § 2(2), added subpar. (F) and redesignated former subpar. (F) as (G).
2006—Subsec. (d)(4). Pub. L. 109–162 inserted “or any prison, institution, or facility in which persons are held in custody by direction of or pursuant to a contract or agreement with the Attorney General” after “penal facility”.
1996—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 104–294 inserted heading.
1994—Subsec. (b)(2) to (5). Pub. L. 103–322, §§ 90101(6), 330003(a), amended subsec. (b) identically, substituting “(d)” for “(c)” wherever appearing in pars. (2) to (5).
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 103–322, § 90101(1), inserted at beginning “Any punishment imposed under subsection (b) for a violation of this section involving a controlled substance shall be consecutive to any other sentence imposed by any court for an offense involving such a controlled substance.”
Subsec. (d)(1)(A). Pub. L. 103–322, § 90101(2), inserted before semicolon at end “or a controlled substance in schedule I or II, other than marijuana or a controlled substance referred to in subparagraph (C) of this subsection”.
Subsec. (d)(1)(B). Pub. L. 103–322, § 90101(3), inserted “marijuana or a controlled substance in schedule III, other than a controlled substance referred to in subparagraph (C) of this subsection,” before “ammunition,”.
Subsec. (d)(1)(C). Pub. L. 103–322, § 90101(4), inserted “methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers,” after “narcotic drug,”.
Subsec. (d)(1)(D). Pub. L. 103–322, § 90101(5), inserted “(A), (B), or” before “(C)”.
1988—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 100–690, § 6468(a), added par. (1), redesignated former pars. (1) to (4) as (2) to (5), respectively, and struck out “or (c)(1)(C)” after “subsection (c)(1)(B)” in par. (3) as redesignated.
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 100–690, § 6468(b), added subsec. (c) and redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d).
1986—Pub. L. 99–646 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section read as follows:
“(a) Offense.—A person commits an offense if, in violation of a statute, or a regulation, rule, or order issued pursuant thereto—
“(1) he provides, or attempts to provide, to an inmate of a Federal penal or correctional facility—
“(A) a firearm or destructive device;
“(B) any other weapon or object that may be used as a weapon or as a means of facilitating escape;
“(E) United States currency; or
“(F) any other object; or
“(2) being an inmate of a Federal penal or correctional facility, he makes, possesses, procures, or otherwise provides himself with, or attempts to make, possess, procure, or otherwise provide himself with, anything described in paragraph (1).
“(b) Grading.—An offense described in this section is punishable by—
“(1) imprisonment for not more than ten years, a fine of not more than $25,000, or both, if the object is anything set forth in paragraph (1)(A);
“(2) imprisonment for not more than five years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both, if the object is anything set forth in paragraph (1)(B) or (1)(C);
“(3) imprisonment for not more than one year, a fine of not more than $5,000, or both, if the object is anything set forth in paragraph (1)(D) or (1)(E); and
“(4) imprisonment for not more than six months, a fine of not more than $1,000, or both, if the object is any other object.
“(c) Definitions.—As used in this section, ‘firearm’ and ‘destructive device’ have the meaning given those terms, respectively, in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3) and (4).”
1984—Pub. L. 98–473 substituted provisions relating to providing or possessing contraband in prison, grading of offenses and definitions of “firearm” and “destructive device” for former provisions relating to traffic in contraband articles.
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