All inmates are expected to maintain a regular job assignment. Many job assignments are controlled through the Inmate Performance Pay System, which provides monetary payment for work. These might include work in the areas of Food Service, Landscape, or Facilities Department in the maintenance shops. Inmates may at any time be instructed to provide general unit housekeeping duties, regardless of work assignment.
It is the mission of the Federal Prison Industries UNICOR to provide meaningful employment opportunities to inmates. The UNICOR factory at USP Hazelton has three product lines; Army Combat Uniforms (ACU) Trousers, Diplomatic Bags and GSA Tarps. UNICOR is a voluntary work assignment. Inmates must submit a cop-out to UNICOR to request placement on the UNICOR waiting list.