Education services focus on the self-study style of learning with student’s progress monitored by education staff. General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Continuing Education programs are available. Cadre inmates who do not possess a high school diploma or GED will be required to attend the GED Program.
A General Education Development (GED) is required for all sentenced inmates designated to FDC Houston. In addition, new Federal guidelines mandate that inmates who fall under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (VCCLEA) sentencing guidelines, and who lack a high school credential, participate in and make satisfactory progress towards obtaining a GED credential to vest earned Good Conduct Time. Inmates who fall under Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PLRA) guidelines, and who lack a high school credential, must participate in and make satisfactory progress toward obtaining a GED credential in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of Good Conduct Time.
Shirts must be tucked in and shoes need to be worn when participating in education and any other work or program opportunities. The GED test will be administered to those inmates who have scored well on the pre-GED test and have prepared satisfactorily for the exam. All inmates interested in education programs should submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member form to the Supervisor of Education.
English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered to inmates who have been sentenced and designated to FDC Houston. Sentenced non-English speaking inmates who have been designated to FDC Houston will participate in the ESL program. Once these inmates have become proficient in English communication, they will be referred for testing and enrollment in the GED program. A listing of scheduled courses and procedures can be found in the Education Services Handbook.
College courses are available to inmates on a correspondence basis. Catalogs with course offerings are available in the Education Department. Inmates shall pay all expenses for correspondence courses. Inmates wishing assistance or additional information on procedures for enrolling in a correspondence course should submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member form to the Supervisor of Education. All courses must be approved by the Education Department.
The Law Library is located on the second floor. Legal books and materials are not to be taken from this floor. Materials found in the Law Library are property of the Education Department and if such materials are damaged or destroyed while in use, you may be subject to disciplinary action. Inmates will be escorted to the Law Library according to time frames which have been assigned to each housing unit. Inmates should refer to the current Law Library schedule for assigned time frames and days. Additionally, a photocopy machine is available in the Law Library. Charges for photocopies will be deducted from a debit card which can be purchased through the Commissary. Typewriters are available, but are for legal work only. Inmates housed in the Special Houston Unit (SHU) will be permitted to use the satellite Law Library in the SHU.
Inmates should refer to the Education Services Handbook for additional information regarding Education and Recreation Services. A copy of the Education Services Handbook, English and Spanish, is maintained in the Law Library.