Work Assignments/Performance Pay
Unit staff will assign each newly arrived inmate to a temporary work assignment, if medically/psychiatrically fit, soon after the inmate’s arrival. All inmates will be screened for work assignment suitability. At the inmate’s initial classification meeting, the unit team will assign the inmate to a more permanent work assignment, which may or may not be the same as his initial work assignment. Once assigned to that permanent work assignment, it is expected that the inmate will ordinarily remain on that assignment for a minimum of three months, keeping in mind that the needs of the institution take priority. Ordinarily, an inmate’s request for a change in work assignment will be considered only at the time of that inmate’s program review by his unit team. The intent is for an inmate’s work assignment to be considered as part of his total program, and consideration will be given to the inmate’s past and current work performance. An inmate’s request for a job change will normally not be considered by the unit team until the inmate has remained on the same job for a minimum of three months, and that consideration will normally be part of the inmate’s regular program review. Work assignment changes because of the need to fill manpower quotas may be done at any time when there is a need. Any inmate may be removed from a job with the approval of the department head and the inmate’s unit team. The unit team retains final authority for job changes.
Inmates receiving performance pay who are found through the disciplinary process to have committed a level 100 or 200 series drug or alcohol-related prohibited act will automatically have their performance pay reduced to maintenance pay level and will be removed from any assigned work detail outside the secure perimeter of the institution. This is not a sanction issued by the Unit Discipline Committee (UDC) or the Discipline Hearing Officer (DHO), but rather an automatic consequence once an inmate is found to have committed the prohibited acts outlined in the policy. This reduction to maintenance pay level, and removal from an assigned work detail outside the secure perimeter of the institution, will ordinarily remain in effect for one year, unless otherwise authorized by the Warden. Inmates who are required to complete the drug education program who refuse participation, withdraw, are expelled, or otherwise fail to meet attendance and examination requirements are not eligible for performance pay above maintenance pay level, or for bonus pay, or vacation pay. In addition, inmates who are in IFRP (Inmate Financial Responsibility Program) REFUSE status are not eligible for performance pay above the maintenance pay level, or for bonus pay, or vacation pay. IFRP REFUSE restrictions on commissary spending limits remain in effect until the inmate’s next commissary re-validation date.