Inmate Financial Responsibility Program

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(Provided Below Are Summaries Of Bureau Of Prisons Documents).

Many inmates have to ensure that they fulfill the financial obligations that they have incurred and this might at times include payments that they need to make towards their victims. The Inmate Financial Responsibility Program is a program that has been implemented in order to ensure that inmates take up this responsibility and create and follow a sound financial plan for meeting such obligations as have been ordered to them by the court.

The payment is made from the money that inmates earn when they work on prison assignments. They make the payments electronically and the money is taken from their account in the trust fund set up for each inmate. The jail authorities make sure that whatever the financial position and resources of the inmate; he or she is encouraged to make such a financial plan in order to make payments.

The Objectives and Aims of 545.10 and Its Scope

All inmates who are sentenced to term in correctional institutions are encouraged by the jail staff to make some kind of financial plan in order to fulfill the court instructed financial obligations.  In the beginning, the staff in the prison will assist the prisoners in formulating a sound financial plan and they will also conduct reviews of the plan later on. They will study and observe whether the inmate is making constructive efforts in sticking to the financial pan and showing the appropriate level of responsibility towards the fulfillment of his financial obligations.

Details Of Making Payment

  • It is up to the inmate to make sure that he is able to fulfill his financial obligations. He should also make sure that all the documents relating to the obligatory payments are provided to the unit staff of the prison. Both institutional and community resources can be used for the payments.
  • The first step towards fulfilling the financial obligations and executing the financial plan is to deduct the minimum payment amount from the trust fund of the inmate. The payment comes from UNICOR and non UNICOR prison assignments
  • According to the procedure and guidelines, the unit team should keep apart from its assessment $75, which should remain in the trust fund account.  The amount of $75 is excluded from being taken towards payment of financial obligations, so that there are funds available for the inmate to maintain phone communication in accordance with the ITS, Inmate Telephone System.

Inmates Belonging To REFUSE – What Is The Spending Limit For Phone Calls?

If an inmate refuses to participate in the IFRP program, then it is immediately entered as refusing to participate in the program and the inmate is classified as belonging to the IFRP Refuse. Once the classification is made, it is not permanent however and if the inmate at any point of time does not fulfill his financial obligations and does not stick to the financial plan, the unit team can shift him to the IFRP REFUSE category.

Such inmates cannot pay more than $25 in the commissary. But this does not include payments towards stamps and purchase of telephone credit.

Ref:
www.bop.gov/policy/progstat/5380_008.pdf?ref=its

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