Educational Programs: Education-Leisure time operates under the philosophy that academic and vocational training and recreational programs can provide necessary skills and resources for self-improvement, academic and occupational training, preparation for future employment, and positive health and life experiences.
Courses currently offered are:
General Education Development Post-Secondary Education (College) Vocational Training Continuing Education Apprenticeship Training Recreational Activities English-As-A-Second Language (ESL)
Certificates are awarded for completion of GED, ESL, and vocational training courses. Promotions in UNICOR and Performance Pay assignments beyond the entry level grade are contingent upon successful completion of a literacy program. Special classes are offered in high interest areas and on an as-needed basis. Incentives include bonus pay upon completion of certain courses, special award, and recognition ceremonies. Your Educational Advisor will meet with you to plan course enrollment needs.
Educational Testing: The following procedures will be used by the FPC Alderson Education staff in determining administration of tests:
a) Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) will be administered within 60 days of arrival to all newly committed inmates without a verified diploma. The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) will be administered to non-English speaking inmates to determine grade level of basic skills. Inmates scoring less than 225 on the CASAS Certification test will be required to enroll in the mandatory English as a Second Language (ESL) Basic.
b) Inmates transferred to Alderson from other institutions are not normally tested, but may be administered the TABE and/or CASAS test battery, whichever is appropriate, depending on the inmate’s capability to speak and read English. Retesting is determined in accordance with the inmate test records and program plans.
47If you do not have a verified high school diploma or General Education Development (GED), you will be required to attend the Adult Literacy Program and fulfill the minimum requirements set forth by policy. It is the inmates’ responsibility to verify their completion of High School or General Education Development. The following applies to PLRA and VCCLEA inmates:
a) 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 diploma must participate in and make satisfactory progress towards attainment of a GED credential in order to vest earned good conduct time.
b) The Prison Litigation Reference Act (PLRA) provides that in determining good conduct time awards that 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.
Law Library Services: The Law Library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday- Friday except for count times. It is open 12:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. except for staff vacation, weekends and holidays. It contains legal materials which include the U.S. Code Annotated, Federal Reporter, Supreme Court Reporter, BOP Program Statements, Alderson Institution Supplements, Indexes, and other legal materials. Typewriters are available for your use in preparing legal documents. All legal reference materials must be used in the Library and cannot be checked out. There is a copying machine in the Library for your use at $.15 per copy.
Leisure Library Services: The Library is located on the 2nd floor of Willebrandt Hall (Recreation Center) and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday,. It will be open 12:45 – 3:45 p.m. and after 4:15 p.m. count until 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. The collection includes fiction, non-fiction, basic legal reference materials, literary works in Spanish, current magazines, major newspapers, medical reference materials, and audio/video cassettes collection.
Books are checked out for two (2) weeks and renewed as needed. Magazines, newspapers, basic references books, and video cassettes cannot be checked out or removed from the Library. Required reference books not available may be borrowed from the local community library through an inter-library loan program. Request forms are available in the Library.