Prisoner placement is determined by the local authority. It can be based on over crowding and economic concerns. It is " legal" if the prison authority sanctions it. Many other factors must be considered to answer your question with an answer it deserves.
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I agree with Mr. Wigell. Federal and state facilities often share space, and federal inmates may spend time in state facilities and vice versa.
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Feds give time credit for "in federal custody", and if the ultimate dispositon will turn federal, this could enable earning of federal time, assuming the inmate is not able to achieve a "not guilty" verdict.
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