All inmates will maintain a regular work assignment. Most work assignments are controlled through a Performance Pay System which provides monetary payment for work. Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) has a separate pay scale. The Unit Team approves job changes. Job changes are entered on the Daily Change Sheet.
Initial work assignments may be in Food Service, unit orderly, or mechanical services. Also, most institutions have a significant number of inmate jobs in factories operated by Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR). There is usually a waiting list for Industries employment.
Incentives and rewards, in the form of monetary compensation, are provided for inmates who make outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of institution goals. Work performance, as well as productive participation in correctional programs may be recognized by performance pay. There are four basic pay grades (not including UNICOR) reflecting the level of responsibility of the assignment and position description. The hourly pay rates are: Grade 1 (.40), Grade 2 (.22), Grade 3 (.17), Grade 4 (.12).
UNICOR employs and trains inmates through the operation of and earnings from, factories producing high-quality products and services for the Federal Government. Profits from UNICOR fund other inmate programs, as well as provide hands-on industrial training for inmates. UNICOR employment applications are available through the Unit Counselors.
Industrial Pay (UNICOR)
To be promoted above pay Grade 4, inmates must have a verified high school diploma or have obtained a GED.
All overtime pay is computed on a double-time basis. The normal working day is 7.5 hours. To receive overtime pay you must first have 7.5 hours on the day you work overtime. Inmate payroll is computed in the UNICOR Business Office and forwarded to the Commissary by the 5th working day of the month following the month being paid. Questions about payroll will be resolved by the Foreman whenever possible. If you are not satisfied with the Foreman’s answer, you may submit an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” form to IPS Staff (Ms. Munson).
All inmates working in UNICOR receive pay for ten holidays per year. To be eligible for holiday pay, you must be in UNICOR work status the workday before and the workday following the holiday.
Inmates who have worked for UNICOR and completed 18 months of service will be eligible to receive an additional 10 cents for each hour in pay status, 15 cents after 30 months, 20 cents after 42 months, 25 cents after 60 months and 30 cents after 84 months of service for each hour in pay status.
Inmates who have been in pay Grade 1 positions for six months or more are eligible to be considered for premium pay, which is an additional 20 cents over base pay. Premium pay is used to reward inmates who regularly and routinely make contributions to UNICOR operations which exceed the standard required of them. Such inmates should assist in training new inmate workers, demonstrate leadership qualities and make contributions to the efficiency of production and operations, to the total quality of all products and services produced.
Industrial Good Time
UNICOR workers convicted before November 1, 1987, are eligible to receive three days of extra good time per month during the first year of employment and five days per month for each month of employment thereafter.
All inmates employed in UNICOR are eligible for a vacation. An inmate may receive a maximum credit of one half day per month for the first year of employment and one day per month after one year. He must work 90% of the time to receive maximum credit. Vacation forms must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date of the requested vacation. Vacations can be denied by the Foreman, Factory Manager, Associate Warden (Industries & Education), or the Unit Team. You must have clear conduct for at least 30 days prior to the vacation to be eligible for a vacation.