FCI Big Spring Programs

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Release Preparation Program

At each inmate’s initial classification, unit staff will determine whether he is an exception under policy to participate in the Release Preparation Program (RPP). Inmates with the Public Safety Factor, “Alien,” are not required to participate in the program. In all cases where an inmate who is classified “RPP need” and is within 30 months of his release, the unit team shall discuss Release Program recommendations with the inmate, which is normally recommended during an inmate’s initial classification or Program Review. It is the inmate’s responsibility to request enrollment in recommended courses directly to the course facilitators by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff. Inmates refusal to participate may affect recommendations for community programming.

Escorted Trips

Bedside visits and funeral trips may be authorized for inmates in lower 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 staff will escort the inmate. All expenses will be borne by the inmate. There are occasions when an escorted trip is not approved, even when all policy required conditions have been met, based on a determination that the perceived danger to Bureau of Prisons staff during the proposed visit is too great or the security concerns about the individual inmate outweigh the need to visit the community.

Central Inmate Monitoring System

The Central Inmate Monitoring System (CIMS) is a method for the BOP to monitor and control the transfer, temporary release, and participation in community activities of inmates who pose special management considerations. Designees as a CIMS case will be notified by their case manager in writing and have the opportunity to appeal the classification via the administrative remedy process.

Inmate Financial Responsibility Program

The Bureau of Prisons works closely with the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Department of Justice to administer a systematic payment program for court-imposed fines, fees, costs and other legal responsibilities. All designated inmates are required to develop a financial plan to meet their financial responsibilities. These responsibilities may include: special assessments imposed under 18 U.S.C. 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 responsibilities (e.g., child support, alimony, other judgments).

Institution staff assists in planning, but you are responsible for making all payments required from earnings within the institution and/or from outside resources. You must provide documentation of compliance and payment. If you refuse to meet your responsibilities, you cannot participate in Vocational Training, use Special Purchase Orders, reside in preferred housing nor receive Performance Pay above the maintenance pay level ($5.25). 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.

***In addition, if an inmate receives an incident report for a 100 level drug-related or 200 level alcohol-related incident report, and is found to have committed the prohibited act, you will not receive Performance Pay above the maintenance pay level for one full year from the date of finding of guilt.***

The U.S. Parole Commission will also review financial responsibility progress at parole hearings. Inmates that are placed in “FRP Refuse” status will be limited to a $25.00 spending limit per month in the Commissary Sales Unit, which does not include stamps.

Personal Athletic and Musical Equipment

Inmates may possess athletic and musical equipment. The following are the items allowed and the method that must be used to acquire those items:

  1. Athletic Shoes
  2. Artists Pencils
  3. Beadwork and Hardware
  4. Leather
  5. Harmonica
  6. Hardware and Leather craft (no tools)
  7. Non-Toxic Paints for Ceramics
  8. Protective Sports Glasses (will not transfer to another institution).
  9. Knee Wrap
  10. Acrylic Paints / Water Colors
  11. Pre-Stretched Canvas
  12. Felt and Velvet Cloth
  13. Hardware for Ceramics (no tools)
  14. Softball Glove

Other Hobby craft items may be permitted by the Supervisor of Recreation.

These items may be purchased through the Commissary, or if not stocked in the Commissary, through a “Special Purpose Order Form” obtained through the Recreation Department during posted hours. Only those items that are listed are allowed for retention.

Radios and Watches

An inmate may not own or possess more than one (1) approved radio and watch at any one time. Proof of ownership, through appropriate property receipts, will be required. Radios and watches may not have a value exceeding $100.00 each. Radios with a tape recorder and/or tape player are not authorized. Radios and watches will be inscribed with the inmate’s name and register number. Only walkman-type radios are permitted, and headphones are required at all times. While an inmate is in holdover status, he may not purchase, own or possess a radio or watch. Inmates may not give any items of value to another inmate, i.e., radio, watch, sneakers and Commissary items.

Tobacco Free Institution

All tobacco products will be considered contraband, and inmates found in possession of tobacco products will be subject to disciplinary action.

Psychology Services, in conjunction with Health Services, offers an Inmate Tobacco Cessation Program. This program will consist of four days of training for two hours each day. The topic will be Stress Management, Physical Exercise, Medical Issues and Relapse Prevention.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (the stop smoking patch) is available. A Psychological and Medical Evaluation must be completed prior to receiving Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

To participate in the Tobacco Cessation Program or to begin Nicotine Replacement Therapy, submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member to the Psychology Department.


Recreation is a division of the Education Department. Its purpose is to offer a wide range of leisure-time activities. Sedentary, athletic, structured and unstructured activities are available to all interested. Many seasonal activities, clinics, physical fitness and health education programs and other interests are offered. New programs become available at inmate interest, depending on security and budget restrictions. The Recreation Hours Are:

Monday thru Friday Open Closed
Gym, weight pile 6:00a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Gym, weight pile 5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Track area at sunrise at sunset
Recreation Center 12:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 9:00 pm.

There will be a one way recreation move after the 4:00 p.m. count clears

There will be a one way recreation move after the 4:00 p.m. count clears

**At dusk, the upper handball courts and the track will be closed to inmate traffic.*****

Music Rooms

The music rooms are available by schedule. Sign-ups for individual practice times are in the Recreation Office on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Inmates wishing to form music groups must meet with the Music Program Coordinator during the monthly music meeting. Times for these meetings will be posted.

Recreation Center

  1. Five full-sized pool tables
  2. One Ping-Pong table
  3. T.V. viewing areas
  4. Music Rooms, CD listening area
  5. Free weights and cardio equipment are available. Broken equipment will not be repaired or replaced.
  6. There is no eating or drinking in the Gymnasium.

Issue Room

Pool balls, guitars, board games, etc., are available for check out in the issue room. Must present an ID or Recreation Pass to check out any equipment. Check out times are posted on the door. Gymnasium / Hobby Craft:

  1. Hobby Craft is open only during posted times.
  2. Court shoes only permitted in the Gymnasium
  3. There are scheduled times for all activities in the Gymnasium and Hobby Craft area. Please see the current posted schedule for each activity.

Hobby Craft

A large variety of Hobby Craft programs are offered by the Recreation Department. They include ceramics, leather craft, puritan sticks, painting, sketching, knitting, beadwork and other approved forms as approved by the Recreation Supervisor. No oil paints or printer/India ink or fabric paints are allowed. You must be in the Hobby Craft program to participate in any craft. Items made in hobby craft are not permitted or allowed in the housing units or in your personal storage areas.

Hobby Craft Hours:

Monday thru Friday Open Closed
6:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. 3:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Recall back to the units for 10:15 p.m. count 9:00 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays Open Closed
6:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Recall back to the units for 10:00 a.m. stand up count 9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. 3:15 p.m. Recall back to the units for 4:00 p.m. stand up count 3:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Recall back to the units for 10:15 p.m. count 9:00 p.m.

To participate in Hobby Craft, you must have a Hobby Craft Enrollment and Mail-out form signed by your Unit Manager on file in Recreation, which will verify if you are participating in the Financial Responsibility Program. Special Purpose Order (SPO) forms for ordering supplies will only be done on Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Only one SPO per session is allowed.

You are not allowed to work on any Hobby Craft in the Units.

Packing night for Hobby Craft is posted in the Hobby Craft area. You must have a verified mailing list on file in Recreation and proof of purchase for anything you have made. If these two criteria are not met, you will not be permitted to mail anything from Hobby Craft. Only approved Hobby Craft items will be allowed to be mailed out of Hobby Craft.

Weightlifting Rules

  1. Warm up thoroughly before lifting.
  2. Do not jerk weights. Keep weight under control at all times.
  3. Do not use excessively heavy weights.
  4. Do not drop weights or dumbbells.
  5. Replace weights on weight rack after use.
  6. No “horseplay” or running in weight rooms.
  7. Use correct form on all exercises, especially those involving the lower back.
  8. If you have a medical problem or are unsure, see the medical staff before lifting.
  9. Lift weights at your own risk. See Recreation staff to find a qualified instructor.
  10. Use rubber-soled shoes for stability.
  11. Report all injuries immediately to the Recreation staff.
  12. Report immediately any equipment when it is broken.
  13. As weights break, they will not be repaired or replaced.
  14. Use a “spotter” at all times.

Physical Fitness and Health Education

There are P.F.H.E programs in aerobics, physical fitness, nutrition, time management and others as interest dictates. Please see the current schedule to see what is now available The P.F.H.E. Program is designed to allow inmates without an athletic background to participate in a fitness program.

Outdoor Facilities

Outdoor Facilities consist of:

  1. Softball/Soccer field
  2. Ten Handball/Racquetball courts
  3. Quarter mile running track
  4. One sand volleyball court
  5. Horseshoe pits
  6. Weight pavilion
  7. Bocce Ball Courts

League Play: There are several intramural leagues available. According to interest and season we currently offer:

  1. Softball League
  2. Over “35″ Softball League
  3. Basketball League
  4. Over “35″ Basketball League
  5. Summer Basketball League
  6. Soccer League
  7. Indoor Soccer League
  8. Volleyball League
  9. Beach volleyball League
  10. Bocce League
  11. Whiffleball League
  12. Pool League (9-Ball and/or 8-Ball)
  13. Racquetball League
  14. Handball League
  15. Ping-Pong League
  16. Badminton League
  17. Chess League
  18. Horseshoe League

These activities become available on a seasonal basis and at inmate interest. All inmates are encouraged to participate in these structured activities.

For those inmates not interested in league play, there is free play scheduled for all of the above except Whiffleball.

Movies, Television and Special Entertainment

Two movies per week are shown in the Housing Unit and Recreation TV Rooms. Movies for the month are posted on the Recreation Bulletin Board. Movies are selected by the Inmate Recreation Committee and any special requests should be sent to the Recreation Department. No R, NC-17 or X rated movies will be shown.

Recreation television schedules are prepared by Recreation Staff. Unit housing television area schedules are prepared by unit management and requests for changes in those schedules should be sent to them.

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