WORK ASSIGNMENTS AND WORK REPORTS
As you finish your orientation period, your Unit Team will assign you to a permanent work detail, a training program, or a combination of both. You will be assigned to a job primarily based on institution needs. Additional factors considered in determining a specific work assignment are: your physical condition, education level, previous work experience, general attitude, ability to benefit from training, and plans for the future. Some of the jobs available are:
Food Service: Cooks, Bakers, Salad Preparers, Orderlies, and Dishwasher Operators
Medical Department: Orderlies, Nursing Assistants & Inmate Helpers, Dental Assistants, and Dental Lab Technicians
Mechanical Service: Electricians, Plumbers, Cement Finishers, Masons, Mechanics, Painters, Carpenters, Draftswomans, Laborers, Clerks, and HVAC
Education: Librarians, Teacher Aides, and Clerks Laundry Department: Clothing Dispensers and Clerks
Safety: Clerks, Housekeepers, Recycling and Warehouse Workers
Institution Maintenance: Landscape Workers and Building Orderlies
Chapel: Clerks and Orderlies
Receiving and Discharge: Orderlies
Housing Units: Orderlies
Psychology Services Orderlies and Suicide Watch Companions Generally, job changes are made by the Unit Team, when there is a need. Ordinarily, an inmate will be on a job 90 days before being considered for a job change. Reports evaluating your work performance will be prepared by your supervisor every 90 days. Work performance will also be used when considering participation in community activities, if eligible. Unsatisfactory work reports may result in restriction from community programs.
The functions of the Unit Staff are to assist with program goals, release matters, personal problems, and to provide you with a clean, quiet environment to reside while you are incarcerated at FMC Carswell.
To accomplish this, each inmate must contribute to her own individual progress and make every effort to treat others with respect and concern. Violations of institution rules or regulations will not be tolerated. Inmates are expected to attend Unit Town Hall Meetings and Mail Call, which are held regularly.
You will become acquainted with your Unit Team. Each member is a professional who will assist you in planning and accomplishing your program goals in preparation for your release. You are the most important member of the team, and your accomplishments depend on your own desires, behavior, and motivation.
Each inmate is eligible to receive pay for satisfactory work performed, based on the grade level for the particular job. You may be awarded performance pay, generally at the rate of $.12 to $.40 per hour of satisfactory work performed, depending on the designated grade level. Pay grade levels range from 1 to 4, with 1 being the highest. Inmates who are found guilty through the disciplinary process to have committed a 100 or 200 level series drug or alcohol related prohibited act, as well as inmates who have a legitimate financial obligation (i.e., court assessments, fines, restitution, child support, etc.) and refuse to participate in the Inmate Financial Responsibility Program will receive only maintenance pay of $5.25 per month. Any inmate who has worked full-time for 12 consecutive months on an institution work assignment is eligible to take a five-day paid vacation at the inmate=s prevailing hourly rate.
Inmates receiving performance pay will be paid monthly. The pay period runs from the first day of the month through the last day of the month. Performance pay is posted to an inmate’s trust fund account by the 10th of the month following the close of the pay period.
The pay grade of a work assignment is based on the degree of skill and supervision required for the position and the position=s impact on the institution in comparison with other inmate work assignments. For example, a Grade 1 position must be a skilled position which has institution-wide impact and requires minimal supervision. Grades 2 through 4 require lower skill levels, greater supervision, and have less impact on the institution. Some details may have several Grade 1 positions, while other details may not have any Grade 1 positions.