FCI Oxford offers a plethora of both structured and leisure time recreational activities, as well as a number of Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes. This department has an extremely well-equipped gymnasium and a vast outside recreation yard. Additionally there is a Hobby Craft Center, Art Program, and Musical Band room. The gymnasium offers structured times for basketball, handball, racquetball, volleyball, soccer, and ACE Wellness classes. Also found inside are weight-lifting, a billiards room, and table game area (Ping-Pong, darts, etc.). The outside rec yard offers most of the aforementioned activities as well as softball, a running track, tennis courts, bocce ball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. Activity specific recreation equipment can be checked out from the equipment room, but must be returned prior to your leaving the gym or recreation yard. You will be held responsible for the condition of the equipment issued to you if it becomes damaged while it is in your possession. The recreation yard and gymnasium are available to use during the hours posted in the Recreation Department and unit bulletin boards. The Hobby Craft Center is open to inmates interested in ceramics, slip and leather work. The Art Program is available to inmate drawers and painters. Both of these programs are open during specific hours posted in recreation. You may apply for either of these programs by contacting the assigned recreation staff member. Some recreational activities are permitted within the housing units (drawing, crochet), but are required to have a Hobby craft Permit. Questions regarding Recreational activities should be directed to Recreation Staff.
Note: The Rec Yard tower is equipped with an AEmergency Annunciator System@. Should the emergency announcement be activated, you will need to lay face down on the yard (or gym) immediately. If you fail to follow the announcements directives, you will be considered a Aparticipant@ of the problem and will face disciplinary charges as such.
There are many alternatives for inmates who have personal problems and a desire to correct them. These options include Alcoholics Anonymous, Self-Image, PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and other voluntary groups. In addition, this institution has professional staff as resources who are trained in the various social science fields. Inmate participation in these activities will be encouraged upon the staff’s assessment of inmate needs, but participation in such activities is voluntary. Unit staff are available for informal counseling sessions, and they conduct formal group counseling activities.