Job Assignments and Opportunities
All inmates are expected to maintain a regular job assignment. Institution job assignments are controlled through a performance pay system, which provides monetary payment for work. Once assigned to a job, inmates will ordinarily remain assigned to that job for a 90-day period. Subsequent job changes require the approval of the inmate’s unit team. Mechanical services can make job changes within their department.
Institution maintenance jobs are usually the first assignment an inmate receives. This might include work in food service, as a unit orderly, or in a maintenance shop. Of all the departments which hire inmates, the largest are the food service department and mechanical services department.
Three meals are prepared daily. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, we have coffee hour commencing at 7:30 a.m., a brunch at 11:00 a.m., and the regular evening meal. It takes approximately 150 inmates to operate the food service department. This includes the bakery, butcher shop, cooking, dish room, dining rooms and overall sanitation in all areas of food service. The food service department offers on-the-job training in the cooking and baking fields to those who are interested. Hats or other non-religious head wear are not allowed to be worn in food service. All non-religious head wear must be removed prior to entering the dining room and shirts must be tucked into your trousers. The following items are not allowed in food service: book bags, laundry bags or personal drinking containers.
Inmate employment in mechanical services consists of: machinist, heating/air conditioning, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electric, grounds maintenance, painting, pipefitting, welding and general construction.