Recreation, Leisure, and Social Programs
Leisure activities and recreation programs are supervised by the Education Department. These programs help you develop an individual wellness plan. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities, ranging from individualized arts and crafts programs to intramural team sports such as basketball, flag-football, baseball, and volleyball. Physical fitness and weight reduction are also important for interpersonal relations and stress reduction.
Smoking Cessation Program
The program is sponsored by unit management under the direction of an assigned counselor. The programs will assist inmates in areas of learning and acquiring skills and knowledge pertaining to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Inmates requesting approval for NRT must first consult with a health care provider for an initial assessment, via a cop-out.
Harmonicas may be purchased through the Recreation Department in accordance with national policy. Instrument playing is not allowed in the units.
If you wish to be married while incarcerated, the Warden may authorize you to do so under certain conditions. All of the expenses of the marriage will be paid by you or your future spouse. Government funds may not be used for marriage expenses. If you request permission to marry, you must:
(1) Have a letter from the intended spouse which verifies her intention to marry.
(2) Demonstrate legal eligibility to marry.
(3) Be mentally competent.
The chaplains are available to discuss with and your fiancée the issue of marriage while incarcerated.
Release Preparation Program
The Institution Release Preparation Program is designed to assist you in preparing you to reintegrate with your family in the community. You will be given aid in developing plans for your personal life and for work by both your unit team and educational staff. Classes and information sessions with U.S. Probation Officers, Community Corrections staff, and other agencies and employees are available. Release preparation programming begins at initial classification. Staff will address concerns about readjustment, current community issues, and educational/vocational opportunities. If you are eligible, furlough and Residential Re-entry Centers (RRC) placement will be considered.