EDUCATION /RECREATION SERVICES
The Education Department is responsible for all education and recreation programs, as well as the Law and Leisure Libraries. Education programs provided to inmates include basic literacy, post-secondary education, vocational training, life skills, parenting classes and apprenticeship programs.
The basic literacy standard is a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED). All inmates entering the institution who CAN NOT VERIFY receipt of a diploma or GED within 60 days of admission are required to take the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Inmates that demonstrate limited English proficiency are administered the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). Upon completion of testing, staff will make the appropriate placement in either the GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Spanish GED class.
GED, ESL, and Lifeskills classes are mandatory programs. All promotions in institutional job assignments beyond entry level are contingent upon successful completion of a GED or high school diploma.
Post-secondary courses are available through correspondence courses. These courses are at the inmate=s expense.
A Vocational Training program is available in Office Technology. This training course consists of learning basic computer skills such as Keyboarding, 10- Key MS Word, Excel, and Power Point.
The Cosmetology Vocational Training Program is certified by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to train hair stylists and instructors for the cosmetology field. Certification requires 1500
hours of course work.
Apprentice training is achievement of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee=s requirements for a journeyman=s certificate in a U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training registered program. Such on-the-job apprenticeship training programs are available: Carpenter, Cook, Dental Assistant, Dental Laboratory Technician, Electrician, Heating and Air Conditioning, Housekeeping, Landscape Management Technician, Nurse Assistant, Plumber, Power Plant Operator, and Undercar.
The Violent Crime Control Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) mandates that an inmate with a date of offense on or after September 13, 1994, but before April 26, 1996, lacking a high school credential, participate in and make satisfactory progress toward attainment of a GED credential in order to vest earned Good Conduct Time (GCT).
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) provides that in determining GCT 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.
The law library contains a collection of legal reference materials as required by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Reference materials are available on a software data base system that can be accessed through the Trulincs System. The Electronic Law Library is a search engine that contains legal reference materials from various publishers. Also available on the electronic system are current Bureau of Prisons program statements. Printing legal reference materials is available for 15 cent a page when using the Electronic Law Library system. The Law Library is open weekdays, evenings and weekends.
The Leisure Library contains a wide variety of reading material, including fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, reference books, and bilingual reading material. Reading books may be checked out with the inmate clerks on duty. The Leisure Library is open weekdays, evenings and weekends.
The Education Department provides the Children=s Center adjacent to the Visiting Room area. Visiting children may use the center when accompanied by an adult. Parenting classes are offered one day per week, to improve family relationships, values, nurturing and support.