Inmates must be programmed for assignment to Unicor by their unit team. The inmates are placed on a waiting list and will be considered for employment when their name nears the top of the list.
Inmates assigned to Unicor will be required to participate in the Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IFRP) to repay debts to the government, or to satisfy fines imposed by the courts. Inmates in the IFRP will be required to repay obligations at the rate of 50% of their industrial earnings. The IFRP is maintained by the institution business office and participants are identified by their unit team.
Unicor demands a responsible work attitude, good work habits, and quality finished products from each inmate. Inmates are required to operate machinery safely. Monthly safety meetings are mandatory. Safety shoes, safety glasses, and hearing protection are required. Inmate pay promotions are based on attitude, quality of work, initiative, work habits, ability, attendance, and certain academic requirements. Inmates who do not possess a high school diploma, or GED credential may not be promoted above the fourth pay grade level.
The Facilities Department provides for the needed repair, or preventive maintenance of the buildings, grounds, and support equipment which belongs to the institution. The care and oversight ofthe vehicle fleet, and the distribution of utilities and their upkeep are also the department’s responsibility.
The Facilities Department is staffed by 25 civilian employees with more than 300 years of experience. Over 1,100,000 square feet of building space, 4,200 acres of property, 48 acres inside the perimeter fence, and over 20 ponds, lakes and lagoons are maintained. The department is directed by the facility manager. Working for the facility manager is one general foreman, an engineering technician, and a facilities assistant. The general foreman is responsible for the maintenance and construction at the institution. The engineering technician handles all design and drafting work as well as statistical reports and surveys. The facilities assistant oversees the monthly reporting and the computer maintenance tracking system (CMMS), as well as all department records and budgeting. There are over 20 trades represented in the Facilities Department. These trades are carpentry, construction, electrical, plumbing, paint, metal works and machining, landscaping, communications, electronics, refrigeration, HVAC, boiler operations, utilities maintenance, automotive and transportation, computer aided design, steam fitter, heavy equipment operations, and many others.
Each shop is supervised by one or more detail foremen, who are responsible for the progress and production of that shop. The detail foreman supervises an inmate crew and sets work priorities for the shop. The detail foreman maintains pay grades and hours worked, and keeps reports on inmates in his crew.