Telephone Calls and Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IFRP)

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Information on Telephone Calls and the Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IFRP)

(The following information and excerpts are taken from Bureau of Prison documents OPI: CPD/CPB, NUMBER:P5380.08)

The IFRP was formed to ensure that inmates create a financial plan in order to meet court-ordered and other legitimate financial obligations such as restitution.

Payments can be made from an inmate’s trust fund and can make use of wages from prison work assignments. Every inmate, no matter his financial circumstances, is encouraged to create a financial plan in order to pay off his financial obligations.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE §545.10. The Bureau of Prisons encourages each sentenced inmate to meet his or her legitimate financial obligations. As part of the initial classification process, staff will assist the inmate in developing a financial plan for meeting those obligations, and at subsequent program reviews, staff shall consider the inmate’s efforts to fulfill those obligations as indicative of that individual’s acceptance and demonstrated level of responsibility.

Payment. The inmate is responsible for making satisfactory progress in meeting his/her financial responsibility plan and for providing documentation of these payments to unit staff. Payments may be made from resources or non-institution (community) resources. In developing an inmate’s financial plan, the Unit Team shall first subtract from the trust fund account the inmate’s minimum payment schedule for UNICOR or non-UNICOR work assignments, set forth below in paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section. The Unit Team shall then exclude from its assessment $75.00 a month deposited into the inmate’s trust fund account. This $75.00 is excluded to allow the inmate the opportunity to better maintain telephone communication under the Inmate Telephone System (ITS).

Spending limits for telephone calls for inmates in REFUSE

“REFUSE.” “Refuses to Participate in Program” is entered immediately when an inmate verbally refuses to participate in the program. Subsequent to the initial classification, at any time the Unit Team discovers the inmate is not making the agreed-upon payment(s), it is their discretion to place the inmate into IFRP “REFUSE” status.

Inmates who are given the “REFUSE” status are not allowed to spend over $25 a month in commissary, with the exception of stamps and telephone credits.


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Telephone Calls and Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IFRP)

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