All inmates are expected to maintain a regular job assignment. Many job assignments are controlled through the Performance Pay System, which provides monetary payment for work. Federal Prison Industries an the Commissary Workers have a separate pay scale. Inmates receiving performance pay who are found through the disciplinary process to have committed a level 100 or 200 series drug or alcohol related prohibited act will automatically have their performance pay reduced to maintenance pay level ($5.25 per month) and will be removed from any assigned work detail outside the secure perimeter of the institution. This reduction to maintenance pay level, and removal from assigned work detail outside the secure perimeter of the institution, will ordinarily remain in effect for one year, unless otherwise authorized by the Warden. Institution maintenance jobs are usually the first assignment an inmate receives. These might include work in the areas of Food Service, Captain Crew , Landscape, or maintenance shops. However, most institutions have a significant number of inmate jobs in factories operated by Federal Prison Industries, also known as UNICOR. Many institutions have a waiting list for factory employment. Inmates will remain on their initial job assignment for a minimum of 90 days and subsequent reassignments for a minimum of 180 days, unless institution need would require placement on a different work detail.
Employs and trains inmates through the operation of and earnings from factories producing high quality products and services for the Federal Government. UNICOR earnings fund inmate programs and provide pre-industrial training to prepare inmates for employment. The UNICOR Factory at FCI Elkton consists of Data Processing. An application for employment can be obtained from your unit counselor. Inmates are required to pass a pre-employment test prior to being considered for employment. Once employed, inmates must successfully complete pre-industrial training. Additionally, inmates must comply with worker standards to remain employed.