FCI Elkton Programs

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Recreation Programs

The Bureau of Prisons encourages inmates to make constructive use of their leisure time by participating in Recreation wellness and leisure time programs.  Inmates are encouraged and assisted to adopt healthy daily lifestyle traits through participation in physical fitness and health education programs such as walking, nutrition and smoking cessation as well as in such leisure time activities as intramural sports leagues and hobby craft programs.  Group and individual activities are offered during non-working hours to promote positive lifestyle changes.  Recreation strives to provide inmates with opportunities to reduce stress and enhance overall health and emotional well being.  Activities are designed to enhance the potential for post-release involvement and to encourage participation regardless of ethnic, racial, age or handicap considerations.

Escorted Trips

Bedside visits and funeral trips may be requested when an immediate family member is seriously ill, in critical condition, or has passed away. If approved, inmates will be escorted to the location by a Correctional Staff member. All expenses will be borne by the inmate, except for the first eight hours of each day that the employee is on duty. There are occasions when an escorted trip may be denied. Requests for escorted trips may be denied if it is perceived that staff may be harmed or if security concerns exist which outweigh the need to visit the community.


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, 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 (2) 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.

Central Inmate Monitoring Program

The Central Inmate Monitoring Program (CIM) is a method for the Bureau‟s Central and Regional Offices to review the transfer, temporary release, and participation in community activities of inmates.

Classification as a CIM case does not, in and of itself, prevent an inmate from participating in community activities. All inmates with CIM assignments will be notified by their Case Managers of classification into or out of the program.

Release Preparation Programming

The Release Preparation Program is designed to assist inmates in preparing for release. Inmates will be given aid in developing plans for their personal lives and for work. These programs offer classes and seminars concerning the personal, social and legal responsibilities of civilian life. Routinely scheduled informational sessions with U.S. Probation Officers, U.S. Parole Commission members, other agencies, and employers are available. In all units, Release Preparation programs will be emphasized and staff will address concerns about readjustment, current community issues, and education /vocational opportunities. For eligible inmates, furloughs and community corrections
center (halfway house) placements will be considered.

Inmate Financial Responsibility Program

Under the Crime Control Act of 1992, the Federal Bureau of Prisons was required to develop a program to collect inmate funds to repay financial obligations. All designated inmates are required to develop a financial plan to meet their financial obligations to the courts. The obligations may include: special assessments, court ordered restitution, fines and court costs, judgements in favor of the U.S., other debts owed the Federal Government, and other court-ordered obligations (e.g., child support, alimony, other judgements). Institution staff assist the inmate with a contract, but the inmate is responsible for making all payments required, either from earnings within the institution, or from outside resources. If an inmate has satisfied the financial obligation, he must provide documentation of compliance and payment to the unit team. If an inmate refuses to meet his obligations, the inmate cannot work for UNICOR or receive performance pay above the maintenance pay level. The status of any financial plans will be included in all progress reports, and will be considered by staff when determining an inmates security and custody level, job assignments, eligibility for community activities, and institutional program changes. The U.S. Parole Commission will also review financial responsibility progress at parole hearings.

Savings Account Procedures

Inmates are encouraged to save money for release needs. Your Correctional Counselor can assist you in opening a savings account in your release area. Inmates may open and maintain a single signature statement savings account. Joint accounts are not permitted. Withdrawals are not permitted prior to release from confinement. Exceptions for emergency situations may be granted by the Unit Manager who will notify the bank in writing. Transfer of funds from one individual‟s account to another individual‟s account is prohibited. Inmates are not permitted to be in possession of bank books. Therefore, the bank books will be mailed directly to the Unit Manager on behalf of the inmate. Inmates may receive monthly statements concerning interest payments, deposits, or withdrawals.
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