Due to an overpopulation of prisoners in many prisons in the United States, not all prisoners are able to be put in a prison that would make it so that they were closest to home. This can be a big challenge for friends and family on the outside who might want to visit these people since they might have to drive a really long distance just to visit.
One way to relieve this strain a little bit is to apply for transfer to another facility that is closer to home. Of course, prison transfer requests cannot always be honored because of problems with prison population, prisoner behavior, or programs that a prisoner is required to complete. It is important to realize that a transfer cannot always be made.