FCI Bastrop Programs

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Education Programs

Various educational opportunities are offered for inmates at FCI Bastrop. These include GED, ESL, SLN, Mexican Literacy, vocational training, apprenticeship, Adult Continuing Education, and correspondence courses.

Library Services

The Leisure and Law Libraries are available in the Education Department. All required legal materials are available for viewing and inmate clerks are present to assist in research and preparation. The Leisure Library contains books, magazines, and newspapers for use during your leisure time. An agreement is also in place with the Austin County Public Library for an Inter-Library Loan program.

A copier is available in the library to assist with making legal copies.

Participation and availability of all Education programs will be addressed in detail during the A&O briefing.

Recreation Programs

The Recreation department goals and objectives are to create a strong, vital, and healthier population through a variety of programs. These programs encourage not only physical development, but also include activities structured towards those not physically inclined or those that choose an artistic or creative endeavor. Hours of operation in Recreation areas are as follows:

Gym 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays)

Hobby Craft Shop 12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays)
Weight Area 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Every Day)
Recreation Yard 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Every Day)

Satellite Prison Camp:
Fitness Area 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Every Day)
Hobby Craft Shop 12:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Every Day)
*All areas closed during count times

The Recreation department’s main focus is to give inmates avenues to use their leisure time more effectively with constructive activities. Recreation programs are aimed at reducing idleness and as stress releasers. They afford inmates the opportunity to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Our wide range of diverse sporting events, wellness, and leisure activities provide a challenge to virtually everyone regardless of size, weight, ethnic origin, and athletic ability.

Participation and availability of all Recreation programs will be addressed in detail during the A&O briefing.

Escorted Trips

Bedside visits and funeral trips may be authorized for inmates with Community-out, or In-custody categories, when an immediate family member is seriously ill, in critical condition, or has passed away. Depending on the inmate’s custody classification, one or two Correctional Services staff will provide escort for the inmate.

All expenses will be the responsibility of the inmate, except for the first eight hours of each day the employee is on duty. There are occasions when an escorted trip is not approved, even when all policy-required conditions have been met. Decisions are based on a determination that there is a danger to Bureau of Prisons staff during the proposed visit, or the security concerns about the individual inmate outweigh the need to visit in the community. All cases are reviewed on an individual basis by the Warden for final approval/disapproval.


A furlough is an authorized absence from an institution by an inmate who is not under escort of a staff member, a U.S. Marshal, or other federal or state agent.
Furloughs are a privilege, not a right, and are only granted when clearly in the public interest and for the furtherance of a legitimate correctional goal. Ordinarily, inmates with a history of violence will not be granted social furloughs.

The Bureau has a furlough program for inmates who have Community custody and have two years or less from their anticipated release date. An inmate who meets the eligibility requirements may submit an application for furlough to staff for approval. At FCI Bastrop, furloughs may be granted on a case by case basis for the following reasons: Visits to dying relatives Attendance at a funeral of immediate family Transferring directly to another institution Participating in selected educational, social, civic, religious, or recreational activities which facilitate release transition

Pre-release programming will be emphasized in all units, and staff will address concerns about readjustment, current community issues, and educational/vocational opportunities. For eligible inmates, furloughs and residential re-entry center (halfway house) placements will be considered according to governing policies.

Central Inmate Monitoring System

The Central Inmate Monitoring System (CIMS) is a method for the Bureau of Prisons’ Central and Regional Offices to monitor and control transfers, temporary releases, and participation in community activities of inmates who pose special management considerations. Designation as a CIMS case does not, in and of itself, prevent an inmate from participating in community activities. All inmates who are designated as CIMS cases will be notified by their Case Manager on an individual basis.


If an inmate wishes to be married while incarcerated, the Warden may authorize him to do so, under certain conditions. All expenses of the marriage will be paid by the inmate. Government funds may not be used for marriage expenses.

If an inmate requests permission to marry, he must: have a letter from the intended spouse which verifies his or her intention to marry demonstrate legal eligibility to marry be mentally competent

The Chaplains are available to discuss the issue of marriage with you and your fiancée’.

Religious Programs

Institution Chaplains provide pastoral care to inmates. Chaplains are available to assist the inmate with any pastoral concern he may have. This is usually thought to be with reference to the beliefs and practices of the inmate’s religion.

However, beyond scheduling religious activities, Chaplains are available for consultation. Chaplains are available to assist inmates in any way they are able to, within their limits of jurisdiction. Because of this, Chaplains would like inmates to feel free to approach them at any time. All religious activities are open to any inmate in the general population.

Pastoral care consists of assisting inmates in the following areas: religious apparel and diets; religious literature and materials (audio tapes, video tapes, etc.); and community outreach ministries.

Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (FRP)

Working closely with the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Department of Justice, the Bureau administers a systematic payment program for court-imposed fines, fees, and costs. All designated inmates are required to develop a financial plan to meet their financial obligations. These obligations may include special assessments imposed under 18 USC 3013, court ordered restitution, fines and court costs, judgments in favor of the U.S., other debts owed the federal government, and other court-ordered obligations (e.g., child support, alimony, other judgments).

You are responsible for making all payments required, either from earnings within the institution, or from outside resources. You must provide documentation of compliance and payment. If you refuse to meet your financial obligations, you cannot work for UNICOR and will not receive performance pay above the maintenance pay level.
The status of any financial plan will be included in all progress reports, and will be considered by staff when determining security/custody level, job assignments, eligibility for community activities, and institution program changes. If applicable, the U.S. Parole Commission will also review financial responsibility progress at parole hearings.

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