FDC Honolulu Educational Programs

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Philosophy; The Philosophy of the Education Department at FDC Honolulu is to provide an education program in the belief that a coherent pattern of courses will help the inmate attain an education that will enhance effectiveness, success and productivity as a person and a citizen. Inmates can, and do, change their behaviors only when they themselves are motivated to do so. It is with these principles in mind that the education staff is personally committed to assist each inmate in attaining personal, educational, occupational and life skill goals. The Education Department supports these principles as well as those governing the occupational, recreational, and personal dimension of the inmate’s lifestyle. In fulfilling its function as a center of learning, the Education Department offers programs and services in the following areas; General Equivalency Diploma; English as a Second Language; Post-Secondary Education;

Parenting; Adult Continuing Education; Career Counseling/Release Preparation; Recreation/Leisure Activities; Lawand Leisure Library Services. Admission Policy: Inmates will be mandatorily enrolled in the General Education Development (GED) Program for 240 hours if the individual was sentenced on or after May 1, 1991, and does not have a documented High School Diploma or GED Certificate. Inmates will have 60 days from the date of their arrival at FDC Honolulu to provide verification of a GED or High School Diploma Inmates may elect to withdraw from the program upon completion or when the required time in class has been satisfactorily fulfilled. Further, all inmates sentenced after May 1, 1991, will be required to obtain a GED or show documentation of a high school diploma to be eligible for promotion above pay grade 4. In addition, the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA)mandates that any inmate, with a date of offense on or after September 13, 1994, but before April 26, 1996, who does not have a high school credential, must participate and make progress toward attainment of a General Education Development (GED) in order to vest earned Good Conduct Time. The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) provides that in determining Good Conduct Time Awards, the Bureau of Prisons will consider whether an inmate with a date of offense on or after April 26, 1996, has earned or is making satisfactory progress toward attainment of a GED credential. Inmates with Deportation Detainers who were sentenced under either act must participate and make satisfactory progress in order to vest Good Conduct Time (VCCLEA), or be eligible to earn the maximum amount of Good Conduct Time (PLRA). An alien who is subject to a final order of removal, deportation, or exclusion is eligible for, but is not required to, participate in a literacy program, or to be making satisfactory progress toward earning a General Educational Development (GED) credential, to be eligible for a yearly award of good conduct time. The amount of good conduct time awarded for the year is also subject to disciplinary disallowance.

An inmate makes satisfactory progress unless one of the following occur
The inmate refuses to enroll in the literacy program.
The inmate is found to have committed a prohibited act that occurred in a literacy program during the last 240 hours of the inmate’s most recent enrollment in the literacy program.
The inmate withdraws from the literacy program.
Likewise, all inmates who are not proficient at an 8th grade competency level will be mandatorily enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) if the individual was sentenced on or after May 1,1991. Individuals with a deportation detainer are not required to attend. Participation in all other classes is voluntary. All course work is recorded and entered into a reporting system, and a complete file is maintained by the Education Department The Education

Coordinator for each program initiates the scheduling procedures necessary for actual enrollment.

Educational Interview

Education staff will interview you prior to your classification with the Unit Team. During this meeting, they will go over your test scores and discuss educational programming based on your educational/vocational needs or desires. Educational staff will answer any questions you have concerning school and explain the programs offered. Educational staff is primarily responsible for monitoring your educational progress and reporting any needs or problems to your Unit Team. This is the first person you should contact on any education related problems, concerns, requests or questions.


Education programs at this institution are considered an assignment Unless you have a verified medical excuse in writing or are on call-out, you must be in class during your assigned class. Inmates will be notified by call-out when enrolled in any education program. Onceenrolled in a course, the inmate is expected to report promptly to class and work toward completion of the course.

Call-Out Sheets are posted daily. It is your responsibility to check Call-Out and Change Sheets each day.

Testing Requirements

All inmates who do not have a high school diploma or a GED are required to complete the Adult Basic Learning Education Test(ABLE)or the Spanish Assessment of Basic Education (SABE). Once this test is taken, inmates will be enrolled into the appropriate GED class. These tests should be taken seriously and completed to the best of your ability. A high score could lead you straight to the GED Examination. The GED Examination will be administered at FDC Honolulu for those inmates successfully completing the GED program or achieving a high passing score on the ABLE test

Course Descriptions

Pre-GED (Literacy): The low level reading skills course is designed for those inmates who score below the 8th grade reading level as determined by the ABLE test These course is held during the week. A schedule can be found posted in the Education Bulletin Board in each housing unit This course involves more intense individualized prescriptive instruction. Aconglomerate of testing assessments will be utilized to determine each student’s strengths and weaknesses, including learning styles.

General Equivalence Diploma (GED): The General Equivalence Diploma (GED) program is designed to help each inmate attain a High School Equivalency or GED. Those inmates who have not completed high school and were sentenced to a BOP facility on or after 05/01/1991 are required to complete the GED program. An alien who is subject to a final order of removal, deportation, or exclusion is eligible for, but is not required to, participate in a literacy program, or to be making satisfactory progress toward earning a General Educational Development (GED) credential, to be eligible for a yearly award of good conduct time. The amount of good conduct time awarded for the year is also subject to disciplinary disallowance. The GED program is designed as preparation for the GED Exam. Within the program, the student pursues a course of study that enables him to develop a more advanced general knowledge in the five GED test areas; writing, mathematics, reading, science, and social studies. Specialized instruction and workbooks are available to the student. Academic level placement is determined by the results of the ABLE exam administered to all applicable inmates within 90 days after arrival.

English as a Second Language (ESL): This program affords inmates who do not speak English the opportunity to learn. Non-English speaking inmates are required to attend this program if the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) placement test is not passed with a score of 225 or higher. The exception to this requirement is inmates who have a detainer and are deportable. The first objective of the program is to teach basic vocabulary and conversational skills. As the student progresses, the vocabulary is expanded and written English is added to the curriculum. This program will have beginning and advanced levels.

Post Secondary Education: Correspondence courses are authorized at FDC Honolulu However, all correspondence courses must be approved through the Education Department prior to enrollment and delivery of any materials.

Adult Continuing Education: The purpose of the Adult Continuing Education Program is to provide inmates an opportunity to learn skills for their personal use Students interested in refresher skills or continuing education may sign up for various courses that are offered on a rotating basis throughout the year. Schedules of upcoming courses are posted on the Education Bulletin Boards. These can be in a variety of areas concerning development of the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful and productive independent member of society. Topics may include: developing and maintaining various relationships; managing a budget; health and fitness; increasing personal knowledge and self-control, parenting skills and family support

Parenting Course: These courses are presently being offered through the Education Department. This program offers a variety of workshops and activities. The course is designed to assist individuals in many areas including but not limited to the following:

1.Maintaining a positive relationship with your child while incarcerated.
Learn and recognize the various stages of human development and how to contribute to your children’s needs.
Individuals will learn howto develop and foster self-esteem and self-worth in your children.
Individuals will leam to recognize safety concerns which will assist them in preventing and responding to childhood emergencies.
Pre-Release Preparation: The Pre-Release Preparation course was organized to assist inmates who have less than two years remaining on their sentence, with the transition of reentering the mainstream of society.
The course involves the following subjects: interviewing, resume writing, job hunting, completing applications, job retention skills, personal financial management, and pursuing further education and training.

Library Services

The Leisure Library offers a wide variety of book selections for check out. Reference books, magazines, and newspapers are available for check-out in the library only. An Inter-Library Loan program is being offered in conjunction with the SC State Library System. Specific questions or concerns should be addressed to appropriate Education Staff.

Electronic Law Library

Electric typewriters are available in the law library for legal use only, on a first come first served basis. Typewriter ribbons and correction ribbons are sold through the Commissary. Legal materials have been provided per Program Statement 1315.07, Legal Activities. Inmate, via the Electronic Law Library implemented at FDC Honolulu since July 2009. Legal material/books not found in the ELL will be available secured and stored located in the TRULincs printer cabinet. Inmates can access these by requesting them form the TRUIincs orderly.

Hours of Operations

The hours of operation for the Main Law Library are those on the Main Law Library Schedule (see attached). Each housing unit is provided with a schedule posted on the Education Bulletin Board. The Main Law Library is located in the Education Department located on the second level. A Basic Law Library is provided for the Special Housing Unit (SHU).

The Main Law Library will continue to provide access to photocopying services and for Extra Law Library. An Inmate Reouest to Staff, should be handed to the Unit Officer well in advance to your unit*s designated Law Library day for use of photocopying services. Inmates interested in legal/personal photocopies can obtain them for a cost Copier debit cards are available for purchase in the commissary for $6.50, 50 copies per card. The debit photocopying machine is located in the Education Department Photocopies requested outside the normal operating hours (2:30 -6:00 p.m.) scheduled, he/she should contact anyone on their Unit Team, who will make arrangements with the education/recreation staff on duty to respond to the request.

Extra Law Library Time

For extra law library time, inmates will be required to complete and submit an application at least one(1) week before the requested extra time and the Inmate Acknowledgment form. If an inmate needs to use a typewriter he/she needs to complete and submit an application for Extra Law Library. This will allow use of the typewriter located in the discovery room in each housing unit. IBM typewriters are available for legal use only in the Law Library and housing units. All typewriter ribbons and correction ribbons will be purchased by the inmate from the commissary. Arrangements will be made for indigent inmates once verified as indigent. Inmates housed in SHU should submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member, addressed to their SHU officers to request the use of the ELL or Basic Law Library provided to their SHU unit. Legal materials not available in the ELL will be available in a binder located on the Basic Law Library cart. No materials will be removed from (the SHU Basic Law Library for use in inmate’s cell.

Incentives and Recognition

Inmates who obtain a GED or complete the ESL program with qualifying scores, will receive a monetary incentive of $25.00. Inmates completing the Pre-GED course will receive a Certificate of Achievement recognizing this accomplishment. Annually, the Education Department will conduct a graduation ceremony recognizing inmates who have completed the GED program or ESL program incumbent upon the numberof participants still designated at FDC. Veteran’s Benefits: Veteran’s/Social Security Benefits may be limited to individuals during incarceration; however, veterans’ dependents may apply to receive veteran benefits. After release from incarceration, individuals may apply again, and possibly be entitled to benefits, which include home loans, college, vocational training and medical. Upon release, individuals are encouraged to visit the nearest Veterans/Social Security Office or Job Service. The following information can be obtained in the Education Department on Veterans/Social Security benefits: Application for a Social Security Card, Social Security HowYou Earn Credits. Social Security Disability Benefits. Social Security Benefits for People with HIV Infection, Social Security Supplemental Security Income and What Prisoners Should Know About Social Security.
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