Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (FPI) was established as a program to provide meaningful work for inmates. This work is designed to allow the inmate the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and work habits, which will be useful when they are released. Discretionary compensation is provided to inmates working in Industries.
No inmate classified as a pretrial inmate or an inmate who is currently under an order of deportation, exclusion, or removal may be employed in UNICOR. Inmates seeking FPI work assignments above Grade four (4) must possess a verified high school diploma/GED or be satisfactorily enrolled in a literacy program.
An inmate is in FPI work status if on the job, on sick call, during the inmates assigned hours, on furlough, on vacation, for the first 30 days on writ, for the first 30 days in administrative detention, or for the first 30 days on medical idle for a FPI work-related injury so long as the injury did not result from an intentional violation by the inmate of work safety standards.
Full time work status = A work schedule for an inmate consisting of 90% of the normal FPI factory work week.
Part time work status = A work schedule of less than 90% of the normal FPI factory work week.