All inmates are expected to maintain a regular job assignment. Job assignments are controlled through a Performance Pay System, which provides monetary payment for work. Federal Prison Industries has a separate pay scale. Unit Staff, in conjunction with the Job Committee and Work Performance Committee approve job changes and see that the changes are posted on the Daily Change Sheet through the Control Center.
Institutional maintenance jobs are usually the first assignment an inmate receives. These might include work in Food Service, a unit orderly, or in a maintenance shop.
Federal Prison Industries, also referred to as UNICOR, employs and trains inmates through the operation of, and earnings from factories producing high-quality products and services for the Federal Government. At FCI Memphis, UNICOR produces and services electronic cable assemblies and a printing operation. FCI Memphis has a waiting list for factory employment.