FCI Miami Education Department offers a variety of programs to meet the varied needs of the inmate population. All inmates are interviewed to determine their educational and testing needs as part of the A&O process.
Effective May 1, 1991, the Federal Bureau of Prisons increased the literacy requirement to a High School Diploma or equivalence. All inmates who do not have a verified High School Diploma or equivalence are required to attend a GED Preparation class for a period of 240 instructional hours or until successful passing of the GED Exam. You will be given the (TABE) TEST OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION, interviewed by an Education staff member, and placed in the appropriate class if needed. An inmate will not receive approval to voluntarily withdraw from the literacy program until he completes at least 240 instructional hours in the program. Inmates under VCCLEA1 and PLRA2 could have their Good Conduct Time affected if not enrolled and actively participating in the GED program. An incentive award of Five (5) dollars is given to an inmate who completes the TABE program, while Twenty-Five (25) dollars is awarded to those who pass the GED or ESL examinations.
Other classes offered by the Education Department are: (ESL) English as a Second Language, Parenting, Janitorial, Pre-Release Preparation, College and other Correspondence Courses, Drafting VT, Computer-Aided Business Education VT, Apprenticeship programs such as Plumbing, Electrician, Heating and Air Conditioning, Landscape Technician. In the evening, (ACE) Adult Continuing Education courses and some GED remedial classes are available.
The Law, Leisure and Media Lab Libraries are located in the Education Building. They are equipped with books, forms, newspapers, magazine, and typewriters. Audio-visual equipment such as cassette players and TV/VCRS are available for check out to be used within the department. There is also an Interlibrary Loan whereby inmates can borrow up to five books form the Florida Interlibrary Loan Department. All Interlibrary Loan books must be returned by the due date, otherwise charges are assessed. The library hours are Mon-Thur 7:30 A.M.-8:00 P.M., Fri 7:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. and Sat 7:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. There is also an “out
1 The VCCLEA (Violent Crime Control Act) mandates that an inmate whose offense was on or after September 13, 1994, but before April 26, 1996, and who lacks a high school credential, participates in and makes satisfactory progress toward attaining a General Education Development (GED) credential in order to vest earned Good Conduct Time (GCT).2 The PLRA (Prison Litigation Reform Act) provides that, in determining GCT awards, the Bureau will consider whether an inmate, with a date of offense on or after April 26, 1996, who lacks a high school credential, participates and makes satisfactory progress toward attaining a GED credential, in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of GCT.
count” available on Saturdays to permit inmates to remain in the Law/Leisure Library during the 10:00 A.M. count. Those wishing to sign up for the out-count must sign up in the “out-count book” located in the Law Library by noon on the Friday before and must be present in Library by 9:00 A.M. on Saturday.
This institution has implemented an Electronic Law Library System (ELL). The ELL is a useful tool enabling you to conduct any legal research you may have. Inmate Law Clerks are available during all ELL hours to assist you with accessing the ELL, as well as to teach you how to use all features of this program.
If you are interested in any of the aforementioned programs, please present a cop-out or inmate request to the Education Department for enrollment or stop by to obtain more information.