Usually, new inmates that are not in the general population are awaiting a decision on just where they will place them based upon their criminal history and how crowded the prison is has some factors. If the inmate is low-risk for instance, they might not have a space until someone gets moved so they wouldn't place him in a potentially dangerous situation. Or vise versa. This time period is confusing but it is mainly done to make sure they do not place the inmate in harm's way.
Accepted Answer Date Created: June 20,2013