The Education Departrnent offers a wide variety of programs for inmate self improvement and enrichment including academic training, social education, vocational training, hobby crafts and recreation. While on A&O status all inmates are placed on call out to the Education Department for an interview. Each inmate’s academic achievement will be verified. Any required courses or placement tests will be explained. Inmates are encouraged to inquire about courses and programs of interest to them.
Inmates arriving without a verified high school/GED diploma will be enrolled in evening GED
classes. Attendance is mandatory for 240 instructional hours or until completion. The
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) mandates that an inmate whose
offense was on or after September 13, 1994, but before April 26, 1996, and who lacks a
high school credential, participate in and make satisfactory progress toward attaining a
General Educational Development (GED) credential to vest earned Good Conduct Time
(GCT). The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) provides that, in determining GCT awards,
the Bureau shall consider whether an inmate, with a date of offense on or after April 26,
1996, who lacks a high school credential, participates and makes satisfactory progress
toward attaining a GED credential, in order to be eligible to earn the maximum amount of
English As A Second Language (ESL) ESL classes are provided to enable non-English-speaking inmates to learn English during their incarceration. The class is mandatory and policy states that inmates should remain in the program until they complete it.
Apprenticeship programs are on the job training programs which allow an inmate to receive certification for the skills that are learned on the various inmate work details. Apprenticeship programs are available for the following occupations: Cook, Baker, Greens keeper, Landscape Technician, Horticulturist, Maintenance Electrician, Plumber, Bricklayer, HVAC, Painter, Small Engine Mechanic, Welder, Carpenter, Cabinetmaker, and Outboard Motor Mechanic. See Education Staff for details.
A variety of general interest courses and continuing education courses are offered. See Education bulletin boards for current offerings.
The library hours are 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.
The Law Library adjoins the Leisure Library in building 844. Legal books and materials may not be removed or checked out of the Law Library. An inmate clerk is available for assistance with legal reference materials. Typewriters, paper and supplies are available. The Law and Leisure Libraries are not used as a lounge or congregation area. Headphones, radios, food, and beverages are prohibited in the library areas.
NOTE: Inmate access computers are for use by authorized inmate clerks ONLY. There will be no personal work or inmate organization work produced on the inmate clerk computers orthe inmate access education computers. Outside ofthe education department inmates may not have in their possession any electronic media.