FCI Fort Dix Educational Programs

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GED and ESL Programs

The Bureau of Prisons’ standard is that all inmates who do not have a verified high school diploma or GED equivalency diploma, or who do not have proficiency in speaking English (at an 8.0 grade equivalent) must be enrolled in GED or ESL class. You will be mandated to remain in GED class for 240 hours of class instruction, and in ESL class until you pass the CASAS Certification Tests. Students making appropriate progress will be allowed to take the GED exam or CASAS test to complete their program enrollments. Decisions regarding who will be allowed to take the tests will be made by the respective program coordinators. For reference, see Program Statement 5350.28 and 5350.24.

Vocational Programs

Examples of Vocational Training Programs which may be available include the following: Electrical Theory, Picture Framing, Computer Application, Apprenticeship Training, Wood Working and Horticulture/Hydroponics operations. The Education staff can identify which programs are available on the West and East Compounds.

Post Secondary Education

Programs are offered through Burlington County Institute of Technology Community College (no cost) and external correspondence courses at a nominal cost to the inmate. If interested, you should speak to the college coordinator in the Education Department. There are enrollment requirements which must be met prior to your placement in college level programs and additional requirements for receiving external correspondence course materials.

Release Planning Program

The Education Department offers the employment component of the Release Preparation Program. Inmates are referred for this program based on their release date. (Approximately 30 months prior to their release)

Parenting Program

This program consists of classes, seminars, videos, lectures, guest speakers, and some individual counseling.

Adult Continuing Education

A wide variety of these non-credit classes are offered on both compounds. Visit the education offices for specific details and to learn more about these programs.

Leisure and Law Library

The leisure library and law library are open season days a week. Monday through Thursday from 7:45 am to 10:30 pm, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Friday from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. On Saturday from 7:45 am to 10:30 am and 11:00 am to 3:45 pm On Saturday 7:45 am to 10:30 pm, Sunday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Camp Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday 7:45 am to 4:00 pm. Except during meals and count time.

Please note that the law books are for your reference and may not be removed from the law library for any reason. Removal of law books and reference material will result in disciplinary action. A photocopy machine is available in the education department. It may be utilized by transferring money to your Vending Account balance on your commissary card. Copies cost fifteen cents each.

Inmates arriving at FCI Fort Dix will be placed on call out for an education interview, and for testing as needed. The interview is mandatory for all inmates. Your individual program
needs will be identified during the interview. If you have any questions about Education Programs, please see education staff.


You must have high school diploma, or be enrolled in, and making satisfactory progress in the GED program, in order to vest your good conduct time. Inmates who are exempt from attending GED class based on a deportation detailed, must enroll in GED or ESL in order to receive their good conduct time. Inmates who have completed the mandatory period of enrollment must remain enrolled, or re-enroll to vest their Good Conduct Time. Inmates found guilty of an incident report related to their literacy program enrollment, will be changed to GED UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS. Inmates with this assignment will not receive all of their Good Conduct Time. Following assignment of A GED SATISFACTORY PROGRESS code, inmates will be required to complete 240 hours of program enrollment before they can be changed back to a SATISFACTORY code. Good Conduct Time will not vest while the UNSATISFACTORY assignment exists.

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