Inmate Financial Responsibility Program

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(The following is a summary of documents from the Bureau of Prisons)

The Inmate Program for Financial Responsibility was created in order to make sure that the inmates present in the correctional institutions have a good plan for making payments towards their financial obligations. In some cases, such obligations involve payment to be made to their victims as well.

Some of the payments that inmates have to make are usually done through a trust fund. When inmates finish assignments in prison, their earnings accumulate in their trust fund account, which can be used towards such payments. This financial payment plan for is encouraged for all inmates, and is not dependent on the financial resources that are available or not to the inmate. All inmates need to make such plans in order to take care of their financial obligations.

545.10 – The aim and the scope of the IFRP

Inmates in correctional institutions are encouraged by the Bureau of Prisons to fulfill all the financial obligations that they have. In the initial stages, jail staff helps the inmate to create a proper financial plan so that he can meet all the financial obligations that he has incurred. Afterwards, they also hold several reviews of the financial plan. The staff evaluates and analyses the efforts made by the inmate in meeting the obligations and checks whether he has shown a good level of responsibility in this regard.

Making financial payments

  • The inmate must make substantial progress while making attempts to meet his financial obligations and sticking to the financial plan. He is also responsible for providing documentation of such payments to the jail officials. The payments that the prisoner makes can be done either from community resources or institution resources.
  • 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 assignments in prison and also non UNICOR ones.
  • While making the assessment, the unit team will have to set apart $75 that is left in the deposit of the trust fund account of the inmate. This amount of $75 is not taken, as it is necessary to be available for the inmate in order to have telephone communications with his family under the process of Inmate Telephone System.

IFRP Refuse – Imposing limits for the amounts to be spent on making telephone calls

If an inmate refuses to take part in the IFRP program, it is immediately entered as ‘Refuses to participate in Program’. If some inmates participate in the program initially, but do not make the necessary payments towards the financial plan at a later stage, depending on the discretion of the Unit Team, the inmate’s status will be changed and placed in the REFUSE category.

If an inmate has been placed in the category of REFUSE for IFRP, he will then be allowed to spend an amount limited to $25 per month in the commissary. However this amount does not include funds to be spent on telephone credits and for purchasing stamps.


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