What is a Prison / Correctional Facility?
The Federal Bureau of Prisons website provides an authoritative list of Federal federal prison facilities may be found at the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Only . Only Institutions, Private Facilities, and Correctional Complexes should be included -- not offices or training centers.
Refer to the State Data Sources pages on this website to find information about data sources for State prisons; in general, each State has a Department of Corrections website which lists websites also list private and public prisons in that Stateeach state.
Check out our Authoritative Sources List for more on the types of sources that are acceptable.
Where do I place a Prison / Correctional Facility structure point?
If a prison has a single large building, place the point at the center of the building. If the prison does not have a distinctive single building, then place the point at the center of the prison facility.
If a prison complex has more than one named facility, each with its own separate own separate grounds or building, then place a prison point for on each facility. For example, the the Florence Federal Correction Correctional Complex has has three facilities (Florence Federal Correctional Institution, Florence High Security United States Penitentiary, and Florence Administrative Maximum United States Penitentiary), and therefore should have be represented by three structure points. It may be difficult to determine from aerial imagery which facility is which, but you may be able to tell from Google Street View™ View™, from an on-line online facility map, or , for federal prisons, by examining the a photo of the prison entrance on its webpage (if it exists on the prison webpage) and comparing this to the building footprint in the satellite image. If it cannot be determined which facility is which, then place all facility points adjacent to each other near the centroid of the entire facility.
For more information on how to identify a Prison / Correctional Facility, check out the “Aerial Photo Interpretation Part 4: Prisons / Correctional Facilities” article in our March 2018 Newsletter.
How do I name a Prison/Correctional Facility?
Use the name of the facility as it appears on the facility website. For Federal federal prisons, the website uses several formats for names, but use the most commonly-used format where the prison name comes last , for example, is preferred (e.g., United States Penitentiary Penitentiary Florence High).
What is a Hospital/Medical Center?
A Hospital/Medical Center is a facility which provides inpatient care. In general, these are regulated by State Departments of Health as
State Licensed and Medicare Certified Hospitals; common hospital types are critical access, general, long-term care, psychiatric and rehabilitation.
Where can I find authoritative lists of Hospital/Medical Centers?
The US Department of Veterans Affairs maintains an authoritative list of their facilities. Only VA Health Care System and VA Medical Centers should be included.
Refer to the State Data Sources pages on this website for authoritative lists of hospitals in a given State, which are regulated by the State Departments of Health. There are many types of medical facilities, but only those that are listed as Hospitals should be included.
Where should I place a Hospital/Medical Center facility structure point?
Hospital locations should be placed at the center of the primary building in the medical complex.