JANET RENO, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ET AL. PETITIONERS v. ZIYA K. KORAY
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT
Argued April 24, 1995
Decided June 5, 1995
Under 18 U.S.C. 3585(b), a defendant generally must "be given credit toward the service of a term of imprisonment for any time he has spent in official detention prior to the date the sentence commences." Before respondent's federal sentence commenced, he was "released" on bail pursuant to the Bail Reform Act of 1984 and ordered confined to a community treatment center. After his prison sentence began, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) relied on its established policy in refusing to credit toward his sentence the time he had spent at the treatment center. He exhausted his administrative remedies and then filed a federal habeas petition. A District Court denied his petition on the ground that his stay at the center was not "official detention" under 3585(b). In reversing, the Court of Appeals declined to defer to BOP's view that time spent under highly restrictive conditions while "released" on bail is not "official detention" because a "released" defendant is not subject to BOP's control. It reasoned instead that "official detention" includes time spent under conditions of "jail-type confinement."
The time respondent spent at the treatment center while "released" on bail was not "official detention" within the meaning of 3585(b). Pp. 3-15.
REHNQUIST, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which O'CONNOR, SCALIA, KENNEDY, SOUTER, THOMAS, GINSBURG, and BREYER, JJ., joined. GINSBURG, J., filed a concurring opinion. STEVENS, J., filed a dissenting opinion. [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 1]
CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court.
Title 18 U.S.C. 3585(b) provides that a defendant generally must "be given credit toward the service of a term of imprisonment for any time he has spent in official detention prior to the date the sentence commences." Before the commencement of respondent's federal sentence, a federal magistrate judge "released" him on bail pursuant to the Bail Reform Act of 1984 and ordered him confined to a community treatment center. The question presented is whether respondent was in "official detention," and thus entitled to a sentence credit under 3585(b), during the time he spent at the treatment center. We hold that he was not.
On April 23, 1991, respondent Ziya Koray was arrested for laundering monetary instruments in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1956(a)(1). On June 18, 1991, he pleaded guilty to that charge in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. One week later, on June 25, 1991, a federal magistrate judge entered a "release order" pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 3142(c), ordering respondent released on bail, pending sentencing, into the custody of the Pretrial Services Agency. The order required that he be "confined to [the] premises" of a Volunteers of America community treatment center [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 2] without "authoriz[ation] to leave for any reason unless accompanied" by a Government special agent. On October 22, 1991, the District Court sentenced respondent to 41 months' imprisonment. Respondent remained at the Volunteers of America facility until November 25, 1991, the day he reported to the Allenwood Federal Prison Camp to serve his sentence.
Respondent requested the Bureau of Prisons (BOP or Bureau) to credit toward his sentence of imprisonment the approximately 150 days he spent at the Volunteers of America community treatment center between June 25 and November 25, 1991. Relying on its established policy, BOP refused to grant the requested credit. After exhausting his administrative remedies, respondent filed a petition for habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania seeking credit under 18 U.S.C. 3585 for the time he spent at the community treatment center. The District Court denied the petition, finding that respondent's stay at the center did not constitute "official detention" within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 3585(b).
The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed. 21 F.3d 558 (1994). It acknowledged that the overwhelming majority of the Courts of Appeals "have concluded that section 3585 . . . does not require the Bureau to credit presentenced defendants whose bail conditions allowed them to be confined outside of Bureau of Prison[s] facilities." Id., at 561. The Court declined, however, to defer to the Bureau's view - that time spent under highly restrictive conditions while "released" on bail is not "`official detention'" under 3585(b) because a "`released'" defendant is not subject to the Bureau's control. 21 F.3d, at 562-565. Instead, the Court reasoned that 3585(b)'s "`official detention'" language need not be read "as if it provided `official detention by the Attorney General or the Bureau of Prisons,'" since "there is nothing in the statute which requires [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 3] or suggests that a defendant must be under the detention of the Bureau," and since "[a] court may `detain' a person as `official[ly]' as the Attorney General." 21 F.3d, at 563-564. Concluding that "`official detention' for purposes of credit under 18 U.S.C. 3585 includes time spent under conditions of jail-type confinement," 21 F.3d, at 567, the Court of Appeals remanded the case for a determination whether respondent was in "jail-type confinement" during his stay at the Volunteers of America community treatment center.
We granted the Government's petition for certiorari to resolve a conflict among the Courts of Appeals on the question whether a federal prisoner is entitled to credit against his sentence under 3585(b) for time when he was "released" on bail pursuant to the Bail Reform Act of 1984. 1 513 U.S. ___ (1995). We now reverse. [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 4]
Title 18 U.S.C. 3585 determines when a federal sentence of imprisonment commences and whether credit against that sentence must be granted for time spent in "official detention" before the sentence began. It states:
The Government contends that the phrase "official detention" in 3585(b) refers to a court order detaining a defendant and committing him to the custody of the Attorney General for confinement. Respondent, on the other hand, argues that the phrase "official detention" includes the restrictive conditions of his release on bail because the federal magistrate's bail order was "official" and significantly curtailed his liberty. Viewing the phrase in isolation, it may be said that either reading is plausible. But it is a "fundamental principle of statutory construction (and, indeed, of language itself) that the meaning of a word cannot be determined in isolation, but must be drawn from the context in which it is used." Deal v. United States, 508 U.S. ___, ___ (1993) (slip op., at 3). After examining the phrase "official detention" in this light, we believe the Government's interpretation is the correct one.
Section 3585(b) provides credit for time "spent in official detention prior to the date the sentence commences," 18 U.S.C. 3585(b) (emphasis added), thus making clear that credit is awarded only for presentence restraints on liberty. Because the Bail Reform Act of 1984, 18 U.S.C. 3141 et seq., is the body of law that authorizes federal courts to place presentence restraints on a defendant's liberty, see 3142(a) (authorizing courts to impose restraints on the defendant "pending trial"); 3143(a) (authorizing courts to impose restraints while the defendant "is awaiting imposition or execution of sentence"), the "official detention" language of 3585(b) must be construed in conjunction with that Act. This is [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 6] especially so because the Bail Reform Act of 1984 was enacted in the same statute as the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, of which 3585 is a part. 3 See Gozlon-Peretz v. United States, 498 U.S. 395, 407 -408 (1991) ("It is not uncommon to refer to other, related legislative enactments when interpreting specialized statutory terms," since Congress is presumed to have "legislated with reference to" those terms).
The Bail Reform Act of 1984 provides a federal court with two choices when dealing with a criminal defendant who has been "charged with an offense" and is awaiting trial, 18 U.S.C. 3142(a), or who "has been found guilty of an offense and . . . is awaiting imposition or execution of sentence," 3143(a)(1) (1988 ed., Supp V). The court may either (1) "release" the defendant on bail or (2) order him "detained" without bail. A court may "release" a defendant subject to a variety of restrictive conditions, including residence in a community treatment center. See 3142(c)(1)(B)(i), (x) and (xiv). If, however, the court "finds that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of the person as required and the safety of any other person and the community," 3142(e), the court "shall order the detention of the person," ibid., by issuing a "detention order" "direct[ing] that the person be committed to the custody of the Attorney General for confinement in a corrections facility." 3142(i)(2). Thus, under the language of the Bail Reform Act of 1984, a defendant suffers "detention" only when committed to the custody [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 7] of the Attorney General; a defendant admitted to bail on restrictive conditions, like respondent was, is "released." See Dawson v. Scott, No. 93-6240, 1995 WL 148978, *4-5, and nn. 11-12 (CA11, Apr. 6, 1995); Moreland v. United States, 968 F.2d 655, 659-660 (CA8), cert. denied, 506 U.S. ___ (1992); id., at 661-663 (Loken, J., concurring); United States v. Becak, 954 F.2d 386, 388 (CA6), cert. denied, 504 U.S. 945 (1992).
Section 3585(a) and related sentencing provisions confirm this interpretation. Section 3585(a) provides that a federal sentence "commences" when the defendant is received for transportation to or arrives at "the official detention facility at which the sentence is to be served." Title 18 U.S.C. 3621, in turn, provides that the sentenced defendant "shall be committed to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons," 3621(a), which "may designate any available penal or correctional facility . . . , whether maintained by the Federal Government or otherwise . . . , that the Bureau determines to be appropriate and suitable." 3621(b) (emphasis added). The phrase "official detention facility" in 3585(a) therefore must refer to a correctional facility designated by the Bureau for the service of federal sentences, where the Bureau retains the discretion to "direct the transfer of a prisoner from one penal or correctional facility to another." 3621(b).
This reading of 3585(a) is reinforced by other provisions governing the administration of federal sentences. For example, 3622 gives the Bureau authority to release a prisoner from the place of his imprisonment for a limited period to "participate in a training or educational program in the community while continuing in official detention at the prison facility," 3622(b), or to "work at paid employment in the community while continuing in official detention at the penal or correctional facility." 3622(c). Because the words "official detention" should bear the same meaning in subsections [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 8] (a) and (b) of 3585 as they do in the above related sentencing statutes, see Estate of Cowart v. Nicklos Drilling Co., 505 U.S. ___, ___ (1992) (slip op., at 9) ("the basic canon of statutory construction [is] that identical terms within an Act bear the same meaning"), credit for time spent in "official detention" under 3585(b) is available only to those defendants who were detained in a "penal or correctional facility," 3621(b), and who were subject to BOP's control.
The context and history of 3585(b) also support this view. As for context, 3585(b) reduces a defendant's "imprisonment" by the amount of time spent in "official detention" before his sentence, strongly suggesting that the period of presentence "detention" must be equivalent to the "imprisonment" itself. It would be anomalous to interpret 3585(b) to require sentence credit for time spent confined in a community treatment center where the defendant is not subject to BOP's control, since Congress generally views such a restriction on liberty as part of a sentence of "probation," see 18 U.S.C. 3563(b)(10), (12), and (14), or "supervised release," see 3583(d), rather than part of a sentence of "imprisonment." See United States v. Zackular, 945 F.2d 423, 425 (CA1 1991).
With respect to history, 3585(b)'s predecessor, 18 U.S.C. 3568, required the Attorney General to award sentence credit for "any days spent in custody in connection with the offense or acts for which sentence was imposed." 18 U.S.C. 3568 (1982 ed.) (emphasis added) (repealed). The Courts of Appeals uniformly held that the phrase "in custody" did not allow sentence credit because of restrictions placed on a defendant's liberty as a condition of release on bail. See Polakoff v. United States, 489 F.2d 727, 730 (CA5 1974) (time spent on "highly restricted bond" not creditable as "`custody'"); United States v. Robles, 563 F.2d 1308, 1309 (CA9 1977) ("time spent on bail or on bond [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 9] pending appeal is not time served `in custody'"), cert. denied, 435 U.S. 925 (1978); Ortega v. United States, 510 F.2d 412, 413 (CA10 1975) ("`custody'" refers to "actual custodial incarceration," not "the time a criminal defendant is free on bond"); United States v. Peterson, 507 F.2d 1191, 1192 (CADC 1974) ("`in custody'" does "not refer to the stipulations imposed when a defendant is at large on conditional release"). In 1984, Congress enacted 3585(b) and altered 3568 by, inter alia, "replac[ing] the term `custody' with the term `official detention.'" Wilson, 503 U.S., at 337 ; see also 18 U.S.C. 3585(b). In thus rewording the credit statute, however, nothing suggests that Congress disagreed with the Courts of Appeals' rule denying credit to defendants who had been released on bail. To the contrary, Congress presumably made the change to conform the credit statute to the nomenclature used in related sentencing provisions, see 18 U.S.C. 3585(a) and 3622, and in the Bail Reform Act of 1984. See Moreland, supra, at 662, and n. 5 (Loken, J., concurring).
The Bureau, as the agency charged with administering the credit statute, see Wilson, supra, at 334-335, likewise has interpreted 3585(b)'s "official detention" language to require credit for time spent by a defendant under a 3142(e) "detention order," but not for time spent under a 3142(c) "release order," no matter how restrictive the conditions. 4 As we have explained, see [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 10] supra, at 5-9, the Bureau's interpretation is the most natural and reasonable reading of 3585(b)'s "official detention" language. It is true that the Bureau's interpretation appears only in a "Program [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 11] Statement" - an internal agency guideline - rather than in "published regulations subject to the rigors of the Administrative Procedur[e] Act, including public notice and comment." 21 F.3d, at 562. But BOP's internal agency guideline, which is akin to an "interpretive rule" that "do[es] not require notice-and-comment," Shalala v. Guernsey Memorial Hospital, 514 U.S. ___, ___ (1995) (slip op., at 11), is still entitled to some deference, cf. Martin v. Occupational Safety and Health Review Comm'n, 499 U.S. 144, 157 (1991), since it is a "permissible construction of the statute." Chevron U.S. A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837, 843 (1984).
Respondent, as we have indicated, disagrees with the above interpretation of 3585(b). He contends that the "plain meaning" of the phrase "official detention" includes the restrictive conditions of his confinement, even though he was released on bail. This contention is a plausible one if the phrase is read in isolation: respondent was subjected to restrictive conditions when released on bail, these conditions were imposed by a court order, and his sojourn in the community treatment center therefore amounted to "official detention." But even without reference to the context of the language and the history of the statute, respondent's is not the only plausible interpretation of the language; it would be too much to say that the statute "cannot bear the interpretation adopted by" the Bureau. Sullivan v. Everhart, 494 U.S. 83, 91 -92 (1990). And in light of the foregoing textual and historical analysis, the initial plausibility of respondent's reading simply does not carry the day.
Respondent also argues it is improper to focus on the release/detention dichotomy of the Bail Reform Act of 1984 to construe 3585(b)'s "official detention" language because a defendant "released" on bail may be subjected to conditions (under 18 U.S.C. 3142(c)(1)(B)(xiv)) that [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 12] are just as onerous as those faced by "detained" defendants. In addition, he asserts that his confinement as a "released" defendant in the Volunteers of America community treatment center constituted "official detention" because "sentenced" prisoners are deemed to be in "official detention" when BOP authorizes them to serve the last part of their sentences in a community treatment center, see U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Prisons Program Statement No. 7310.02 (Oct. 19, 1993) (interpreting 18 U.S.C. 3624(c) to allow BOP to place sentenced prisoners in community corrections centers, since such centers meet 18 U.S.C. 3621(b)'s definition of a "penal or correctional facility"), or to serve their sentences on educational or work release, see 18 U.S.C. 3622(b) and (c).
It is quite true that under the Government's theory a defendant "released" to a community treatment center could be subject to restraints which do not materially differ from those imposed on a "detained" defendant committed to the custody of the Attorney General, and thence assigned to a treatment center. But this fact does not undercut the remaining distinction which exists between all defendants committed to the custody of the Attorney General on the one hand, and all defendants released on bail on the other. Unlike defendants "released" on bail, defendants who are "detained" or "sentenced" always remain subject to the control of the Bureau. See Randall v. Whelan, 938 F.2d 522, 525 (CA4 1991). This is an important distinction, as the identity of the custodian has both legal and practical significance. A defendant who is "released" is not in BOP's custody, and he cannot be summarily reassigned to a different place of confinement unless a judicial officer revokes his release, see 18 U.S.C. 3148(b), or modifies the conditions of his release, see 3142(c)(3). A defendant who is "detained," however, is completely subject to BOP's control. And "[t]hat single factor [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 13] encompasses a wide variety of restrictions." Randall, supra, at 525. "Detained" defendants are subject to BOP's disciplinary procedures; they are subject to summary reassignment to any other penal or correctional facility within the system, cf. Meachum v. Fano, 427 U.S. 215, 224 -229 (1976); and, being in the legal custody of BOP, the Bureau has full discretion to control many conditions of their confinement. See Moody v. Daggett, 429 U.S. 78, 88 , n. 9 (1976); Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520, 544 -548 (1979). 5
It may seem unwise policy to treat defendants differently for purposes of sentence credit under 3585(b) when they are similarly situated in fact - the one is confined to a community treatment center after having been "detained" and committed to the Bureau's custody, while the other is "released" to such a center on bail. But the alternative construction adopted by the Court of Appeals in this case has its own grave difficulties. To determine in each case whether a defendant "released" on bail was subjected to "jail-type confinement" would [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 14] require a fact-intensive inquiry into the circumstances of confinement, an inquiry based on information in the hands of private entities not available to the Bureau as a matter of right. Even were such information more readily available, it seems certain that the phrase "jail-type confinement" would remain sufficiently vague and amorphous so that much the same kind of disparity in treatment for similarly situated defendants would arise. The Government's construction of 3585(b), on the other hand, provides both it and the defendant with clear notice of the consequences of a 3142 "release" or "detention" order.
Respondent finally suggests that the rule of lenity requires adoption of the "jail-type confinement" test for purposes of calculating credit under 3585(b) because "there is a split of authority in the Circuits concerning the reach of `official detention,'" Brief for Respondent 34, n. 13, and because there is ambiguity as to which forms of custody fall within the meaning of "`official detention.'" See id., at 34. Respondent misconstrues the doctrine. A statute is not "`ambiguous' for purposes of lenity merely because" there is "a division of judicial authority" over its proper construction. Moskal v. United States, 498 U.S. 103, 108 (1990). The rule of lenity applies only if, "after seizing everything from which aid can be derived," Smith v. United States, 508 U.S. ___, ___ (1993) (slip op., at 16) (internal quotation marks and brackets omitted), we can make "no more than a guess as to what Congress intended." Ladner v. United States, 358 U.S. 169, 178 (1958). That is not this case.
We hold that the time respondent spent at the Volunteers of America community treatment center while "released" on bail pursuant to the Bail Reform Act of 1984 was not "official detention" within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 3585(b). Respondent therefore was not entitled to a credit against his sentence of imprisonment. [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 15] The judgment of the Court of Appeals is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
It is so ordered.
[ Footnote 2 ] Our task is strictly one of statutory interpretation. Respondent argued in the District Court that 3585 violated equal protection principles by treating pre-trial defendants differently than post-sentenced defendants. App. 23. The District Court rejected this argument. App. to Pet. for Cert. A - 28. Respondent waived his equal protection argument in the Third Circuit, see 21 F.3d 558, 559, n. 1 (1994), and he has not renewed it here. In an amicus curiae brief filed with this Court, USC Law Center's Post-Conviction Justice Project raises a similar equal protection argument, see Brief for USC Law Center's Post-Conviction [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 5] Justice Project as Amicus Curiae 20-23, but that argument is not properly before the Court. See United Parcel Service, Inc. v. Mitchell, 451 U.S. 56, 60 , n. 2 (1981) (noting that this Court does not decide issues raised by amici that were not decided by the court of appeals or argued by the interested party); Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520, 531 , n. 13 (1979) (same).
[ Footnote 3 ] See Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, Pub L. 98-473, Tit. II, 98 Stat. 1976. The provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 relating to bail are known as the Bail Reform Act of 1984. Pub. L. 98-473, Tit. II, ch. I, 98 Stat. 1976. The provisions relating to sentencing, including the credit provision of 3585(b), are known as the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. Pub. L. 98-473, Tit. II, ch. II, 98 Stat. 1987.
[ Footnote 4 ] The Bureau's view of 3585(b) is explained in U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Prisons Program Statement No. 5880.28(c) (July 29, 1994), which reads as follows:
[ Footnote 5 ] In some cases, a defendant will be arrested, denied bail, and held in custody pursuant to state law, being turned over later to the Federal Government for prosecution. In these situations, BOP often grants credit under 3585(b) for time spent in state custody, see, e.g., U.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Operations Memorandum (Oct. 23, 1989); U.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Sentence Computation Manual CCCA (1992 and Supp. 1994), even though the defendant was not subject to the control of BOP. These situations obviously are not governed by reference to a 3142 "release" or "detention" order. But because the only question before us is whether a defendant is in "official detention" under 3585(b) during the time he is "released" on bail pursuant to the Bail Reform Act of 1984, we need not and do not rule here on the propriety of BOP's decision to grant credit under 3585(b) to a defendant who is denied bail pursuant to state law and held in the custody of state authorities. Thus, the dissent is simply wrong when it states that we have "adopt[ed] an interpretation that the BOP itself has rejected" by not allowing "any credit for time spent in state custody." Post, at 3 - 4. [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 1]
JUSTICE GINSBURG, concurring.
As the Government reads 18 U.S.C. 3585(b), Koray gains credit against his sentence for the two months he spent in jail, but not for the five months' close confinement he encountered at the halfway house. The Court cogently explains why it adopts the Government's interpretation. I write separately to point out that Koray has not argued before us that he did not elect bail intelligently, i.e., with comprehension that time in the halfway house, unlike time in jail, would yield no credit against his eventual sentence. The Court thus does not foreclose the possibility that the fundamental fairness we describe as "due process" calls for notice and a comprehension check. Cf. Fed. Rule Crim. Proc. 11 (setting out information a court is to convey to assure that a defendant who pleads guilty understands the consequences of the plea). [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 1]
JUSTICE STEVENS, dissenting.
Pursuant to an order entered by a federal judicial officer, respondent was "confined to premises of [Volunteers of America (VOA)]," a private halfway house. The order of confinement - euphemistically styled a "release" order - provided that respondent "shall not be authorized to leave for any reason unless accompanied by Special Agent Dennis Bass." While at VOA, respondent "had to account for his presence five times a day, he was subject to random breath and urine tests, his access to visitors was limited in both time and manner, and there was a paucity of vocational, educational, and recreational services compared to a prison facility." Koray v. Sizer, 21 F.3d 558, 566 (CA3 1994). Except for one off-site medical exam, respondent remained at VOA 24 hours a day for 150 days. In my opinion, respondent's confinement was unquestionably both "official" and "detention" within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 3585(b).
Both the text and the purpose of 3585(b) clearly contemplate that a person who is locked up for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, pursuant to a court order, is in "official detention." Such a person is surely in custody, and that custody is no less "official" for being ordered by a court rather than the Attorney General. Indeed, even the majority acknowledges the force of this [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 2] plain meaning argument. Ante, at 11. * Moreover, the manifest purpose of 3585(b) is to give a convicted person credit for all time spent in official custody as a result of the offense that gave rise to his conviction. When that confinement is in a facility that has all the restraints of a typical prison, it should not matter whether that facility is operated by a State, a county, or a private custodian pursuant to a contract with the government.
Purporting to establish the contrary conclusion, the Court labors to prove the rather obvious proposition that all persons in the custody of the Attorney General pursuant to a detention order issued under 18 U.S.C. 3142 (1988 ed. and Supp. V), as well as all persons confined in an "official detention facility" under 3585(a), are also in "official detention" within the meaning of 3585(b). However, proof that confinement under 3142 or 3585(a) constitutes official detention certainly is not proof that no other form of confinement can constitute official detention. The majority thus fails to demonstrate that respondent should not receive sentencing credit for his court-ordered full-time confinement in a jail-type facility.
Moreover, the Court's restrictive interpretation creates an anomalous result. Under the Court's view that only a person "committed to the custody of the Attorney General" can be in "official detention," 3585(b) does not [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 3] authorize any credit for time spent in state custody, "no matter how restrictive the conditions." Ante at 9, 13, n. 5. This conclusion is so plainly at war with common sense that even the Attorney General rejects it. See Brief for United States 11 ("[T]he Bureau grants credit for time spent in state custody"); see also Reply Brief for United States 7-8.
The majority attempts to escape its self-created anomaly by suggesting that it "need not and do[es] not rule" on the propriety of giving credit for confinement under state law. Ante, at 13, n. 5. But that contention simply collapses the majority's house of cards. For either the "text" of the Bail Reform Act limits "official detention" to custody of the Attorney General, in which case the majority adopts an interpretation that even the Attorney General rejects, or the "text" does not limit the meaning of official detention, and then there is absolutely no reason for concluding that court-ordered 24-hour-a-day confinement is not official detention. The majority cannot have it both ways.
Given the anomalous implications of the Court's decision, one may fairly question how the majority justifies its result. It is surely not the plain language of the statute, because the majority's reading requires that a judicially mandated, 24-hour-a-day confinement in a jail-type facility is neither "official" (because it is ordered by a judge and not the Attorney General) nor "detention" (because the judicial order is labeled "release"). Nor does the majority rely on the nature of the facility itself, because the majority concedes that if the Attorney General rather than the court had confined respondent in the exact same facility, respondent's confinement would have been "official detention" under the statute. The majority purports to rely on some sort of Chevron deference, ante, at 11, but it is indeed an odd sort of deference given that (as I have noted above) [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 4] the majority adopts an interpretation that the BOP itself has rejected.
The majority suggests at one point that it relies on the history of the interpretation of the word "custody," arguing that Congress did not intend to change the settled meaning of "custody" that existed prior to the Bail Reform Act. However, not one of the cases cited by the majority, ante, at 8-9, stands for the proposition that custody does not include confinement in a jail-type facility. Instead, all of those cases involved situations in which the defendant was at large. See Polakoff v. United States, 489 F.2d 727, 730 (CA5 1974) (defendant faced "travel and social restrictions and was required to report weekly to a probation officer"); United States v. Robles, 563 F.2d 1308, 1309 (CA9 1977) (defendant required to "obey all laws, remain within the jurisdiction unless court permission was granted to travel, obey all court orders, and keep his attorney posted as to his address and employment"); Ortega v. United States, 510 F.2d 412, 413 (CA10 1975) ("released on personal recognizance"); United States v. Peterson, 507 F.2d 1191, 1192 (CADC 1974) (defendant "at large on conditional release"). Moreover, at least one Court of Appeals (albeit after the passage of the Bail Reform Act) interpreted the word "custody" under 3568 as including "enforced residence under conditions approaching those of incarceration." Brown v. Rison, 895 F.2d 533, 536 (CA9 1990). Thus, though I agree with the majority that Congress intended to incorporate the understanding of "custody" that existed under 3568, I fail to see how that intention supports the majority's result.
Simply accepting the plain meaning of the statutory text would avoid the anomalies created by the Court's opinion, would effectuate the intent of Congress, and would provide fair treatment for defendants who will otherwise spend more time in custody than Congress has deemed necessary or appropriate. For these reasons, I [ RENO v. KORAY, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 5] agree with the persuasive opinion of the Court of Appeals and would affirm its judgment.
[ Footnote * ] See also Koray v. Sizer, 21 F.3d 558, 565 (CA3 1994) ("`To a normal English speaker, even to a legal English speaker, being forced to live in a halfway house is to be held "in custody"'"); Mills v. Taylor, 967 F.2d 1397, 1401 (CA9 1992) ("[C]onfinement to a treatment center `falls convincingly within both the plain meaning and the obvious intent' of `official detention'"); Moreland v. United States, 968 F.2d 655, 664 (CA8 1992) (Heaney, J., with whom, Lay, McMillian, R. Arnold, and Gibson, JJ., join, dissenting) ("ordinary definition of detention is a `period of temporary custody prior to disposition by a court'"). Page I