FCI Bennettsville Programs

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Recreation Programs

The Recreation Staff at FCI Bennettsville encourages each inmate to participate in the activities and programs offered through this department. We challenge every inmate to get involved and use their time constructively through leisure time programming.

The Recreation Department’s goals are to reduce personal stress, institutional tension, to keep inmates constructively occupied, and to increase physical fitness while incarcerated.

The intramural programs are as follows:

Fitness Equipment
Abdominal Benches
Sit-Up Benches
– Tread Mills
– Elliptical Machines
– Stationary Bikes
Exercise Mats
Inside Gymnasium
Outside Area
Other Leisure/Social Activities
Softball Fields (2)
Ceramics Program
Racquetball/Handball (8)
Art Programs
Outside Basketball Courts (5)
Crochet Program
Band Performances
Boccie Ball (2)
Holiday Activities
Horseshoe Pits (2)
Board Games

League Disciplinary Action

  • Any player or coach ejected from a game, is suspended from all intramural competition for a minimum of the next scheduled game. A participant suspended from one league, cannot play in another league (basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, or softball) while under suspension. A violation of this rule will result in suspension from the intramural program for a minimum period of one (1) year.
  • Any player or coach placed on suspension a second time, from any intramural sport, within six (6) months from the date of eligibility from the previous suspension, is suspended from all intramural participation for a minimum period of one (1) year. This includes soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, softball, regular season, practice games, special tournaments, etc.

Recreation Hours of Operation

The Outside Recreation Yard area is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Saturday and Holidays -7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Inside Leisure Center/Fitness Room is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., and Sunday, Saturday and Holidays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

*The Inside Leisure Center/Fitness Room area closes at 8:15 p.m. nightly for cleaning and general maintenance of the area. *

Leisure Center/Fitness Area

The leisure center/fitness area consist of exercise equipment, wellness library, music room a ceramics/crochet and an art room. In the leisure center board games, playing cards, dominoes, chess, checkers, and scrabble are available for check-out by ID card. Also available are television viewing.

Music Program

The music program consists of established inmate bands, self-taught practice sessions, and instructional “How To” books.
The musical equipment includes drums, congas, non-acoustic guitars, amplifiers, speakers, brass instruments, microphones, and cords.

Hobbycraft Activities

The Hobbycraft program includes ceramics, crochet and art. All inmates interested in participating in the Hobbycraft program must submit a copout to Recreation. All Hobbycraft projects must be mailed out through the Recreation Department.
*Disciplinary action for disregarding ceramics, crochet and art programs are as follows:

Participants are not allowed to sell, loan, or give hobby craft projects or supplies to other inmates. If an inmate participant is found engaging in such activities, he will be suspended from the program. The degree of the suspension will be as follows:

  • First Offense – 2 weeks
  • Second Offense – 30 days
  • Third Offense -Dismiss from the program

Wellness Programs

The Wellness program will consist of various structured classes and a wellness resource center. Calendars are posted monthly in the housing units outlining the various structured classes scheduled in recreation during the month.

Movie Program

Movies are shown on Holidays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Requested movies should be submitted on a Request to Staff Member Form to the Recreation Department. Rated “R, X and NC-17” movies are prohibited by policy.

Hobbycraft Programs and Materials

The Hobby craft area is located in the Recreation Leisure Center. A variety of programs are available in the Recreation Department. You may obtain Hobby craft material for the program in which you are authorized, but only through the Special Purpose Order Program. Classes are taught for art (acrylic painting), drawing, and calligraphy. Materials for the classes are provided only when you have been formally enrolled in the class. Hobby craft materials only will be stored in the Hobby craft lockers.

All personal items discovered in these lockers will be confiscated and the inmate may forfeit his position in the program. Participants who are authorized to participate in the Hobby craft Programs must provide a combination lock for the locker assigned.

All completed projects must be disposed of within 30 days of completion. Only three (3) projects can be active at any given time. All Hobbycraft items will be mailed at your expense through the Mail-out Program in Recreation to an authorized visitor from your visiting list only, which must be provided by the participant to Recreation Staff.

Selling Hobbycraft items or giving materials to other inmates is strictly prohibited. Completed projects are not allowed to be stored in housing unit room lockers.
Everyone authorized to participate in the Hobbycraft Programs or classes will abide by all rules and regulations or be removed for not following prescribed procedures. Neither FCI Bennettsville nor Recreation staffs are responsible for stolen items.

Sports and Musical Equipment

Athletic and music equipment are provided and maintained by the Recreation Department. You may purchase authorized items through the Special Purpose Order (SPO’s) Program.

Playing cards can be purchased through the Commissary and used in both the Recreation Department and/or Housing Unit. Passive Recreation

Dress Code

Cook whites are not allowed in the Recreation Area.

Tennis shoes or basketball sneakers are the only authorized footwear allowed on the gym floor. No boots or work boots allowed, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Under no circumstances are inmates allowed to go shirtless on the recreation yard or in the recreation building.

Wellness Classes

The Wellness Program offered at FCI Bennettsville is a very unique one. It consists of classes that deal with one’s complete health. Topics covered are: nutrition, anatomy, health promotion and disease prevention, aerobic exercise, etc.

Submit an “Inmate Request to Staff” to the Recreation Department in order to participate in these programs.

Inmate Financial Responsibility Program

Working closely with the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Prisons administers a systematic payment program for court-imposed fines, fees, and costs. If you are a designated inmate, you are required to develop a financial plan to meet your financial obligations. These obligations may include: Special assessments imposed under Title 18 United States Code 313; court ordered restitutions, fines and court costs; judgments in favor of the U.S.; other debts owed the Federal Government; and court-ordered obligations (e.g., costs of incarceration fees, child support, alimony, student loans, and other judgments).

Institution staff will assist you in establishing a payment plan. You are responsible for making all payments either from earnings within the institution or from outside resources. Payment from outside sources must be verified by the presentation of appropriate documentation. If you refuse to meet your financial obligations, you will lose certain privileges to include no assignment to or removal from UNICOR, and you will not qualify to 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 institutional program changes.

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