Town Hall Meetings
Town Hall Meetings are held on an “as needed basis” in each unit. These meetings are held to make announcements and/or to discuss changes in policies and procedures of the unit. These discussions are based on the unit as a whole, not for individual concerns.
Classification and Program Review
All newly committed inmates will be scheduled for an initial classification within 28 days of arrival. Inmates received on parole/supervised release violations will be classified within 28 days of entering the institution. Program reviews will be held every 90 days for inmates serving one year or less. For those inmates serving more than one year, the program review will be held every 180 days. During these reviews, the unit team will discuss program goals, work assignments, transfers, custody, institution adjustment, etc.
Open House Hours
Open House hours vary from unit to unit. Any questions concerning Open House hours should be directed to your unit team.
Escorted Trips and Furloughs
Bedside visits and funeral trips may be authorized as escorted trips. The inmate’s custody classification will be used to determine the number of institution staff providing escort. The inmate will be responsible for all expenses except for the first eight hours of each day. There will be occasions when an escorted trip will not be approved, even when all policy-required conditions have been met. Furloughs are authorized absences from an institution by an inmate without staff escort. FCI inmates are only eligible for furlough, when transferring to Residential Reentry Center (RRC) placement.
Inmate Request to Staff
Inmates may make a written request to a staff member by using Form BP-S148.055, Inmate Request to Staff. This form is commonly called a “cop-out.” Any type of request can be made on this form. The forms are obtained from the Unit Officer or the Correctional Counselor. The staff member who receives a cop-out will answer the request within a reasonable period of time. The response will be written on the lower section of the form or on the institution approved response format.
All inmates must obtain a visitor information form from their Unit Team and forward to potential visitors for completion. Potential visitors may be approved only after the visitor information forms are returned and a suitable investigation is completed by the Unit Team.
Residential Reentry Centers
Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs) contract with the Bureau of Prisons to provide residential correctional programs near the offender’s home community. They are used primarily for:
A transitional service for the offender to find employment, locate a residence, and re-establish family ties.
Those under community supervision who need guidance and support services.
Those serving short sentences of imprisonment and terms of confinement.
Each provides a suitable residence, structured programs, job placement, and counseling while monitoring the offender’s activities.
Each RRC provides a pre-release and community corrections component within the facility. The pre-release component assists offenders making the transition from an institution setting to the community and serves as a resource while they are under supervision. The community corrections component is designed as a punitive sanction. Except for employment and other required activities, the offenders in this more restrictive component remain at the RRC.
Selective Service System, BOP Registration Program
All inmates between the ages of 18 and 26 will be given the opportunity to register with the Selective Service System. Further information regarding this matter will be addressed during the Admission and Orientation lecture.
Please see the librarian, Institution Re-Entry Affairs Coordinator, or your unit counselor for information on veteran’s benefits.
Inmate Skills Development Program
Through the use of an informal assessment this program offers an array of opportunities encouraging inmates to focus on future goals, improve personal traits and behavior during incarceration and thereafter. This assessment guides recommendations for participation in educational/technical/vocational training programs, learning valuable life skills, and preparing for a successful reentry into the community upon release. Your Unit Team will review your education, work history, talents, etc. to assist you in choosing the appropriate program/class needed to reach your goals. Contact your Unit Team for program information.