What does it mean when an inmate has general release from a state prison, but are then transferred to a federal prison?
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It means he completed his state sentence and is now serving a federal sentence.
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It sounds like this inmate has some federal time to serve. Was there an earlier federal sentence, and maybe this is supervised release being revoked on the old federal sentence?
If inmate is in Federal Bureau of Prisons custody, s/he will be on the inmate locator, https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/ . If inmate is in Marshals' custody, there will be (should be) a Federal Defender appointed. Even if not, they will be soon, so call the local office and see if they can offer any information.
Good luck and courage.
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