The following FAQ’s are intended to familiarize you, your family and loved ones with the ministry of Prisoners of Purpose.
Here you will find answers to specific questions we have been asked concerning the ministry. These questions have come from prospective participants and partakers alike. Some of those questions seek practical information and direction for individuals who are preparing to serve a term of federal incarceration at Oxford Federal Prison. While we attempt to answer practical questions concerning BOP policies and practices, most of our experiences are Oxford-specific. Even those answers are subject to change by administrative prerogative, which is exercised quite regularly.
The BOP [Bureau of Prisons], like every other federal agency, is required to adopt rules and regulations governing its administration and those rules and regulations can be found in Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations. (28 C.F.R. Sections 500 thru 572). These regulations are also indexed by subject matter, into what the BOP calls Program Statements. Collectively, the Program Statements serve as a manual for the governing and operating of the federal prison system. A search of the free website www.findlaw.com should provide you with a full text of the Code of Federal Regulations. Furthermore, each institution adopts policies and procedures which implement the Program Statements within their system of operation, called Institution Supplements.
Please feel free to contact us directly for answers to any other questions you have regarding our ministry or if there is anything else we can do for you.
Is there is a cost to use the electronic mail system at the institution?
The Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) provides inmates with a computer system that does not jeopardize the safety, security or orderly operation of the correctional facility, or the protection of the public. Thus, all communications on this system are constantly monitored by BOP personnel. There is no inmate right to privacy or confidentiality and even emails to legal counsel are monitored.
The inmate is charged $0.05 per minute which is deducted from the TRULINCS units he purchases with money from his commissary trust fund. Inmates do not have access to the internet and therefore, can not use any other web-based email service.
Your family member or any other person you desire to electronically communicate with, will be required to sign up to receive your emails through the CORRLINKS SYSTEM, after you add them to your institution contact list.
Are there jobs available at all federal prisons?
Inmates are expected to secure and maintain a job assignment at all federal prison camps and most correctional institutions. You will be placed in a position within 2-3 weeks of your arrival at the institution. Job assignments vary from custodial work on the premises, gardening, landscaping, welding and many other positions. The pay rates vary by position and job grade scale (entry level @ grade 4, up to grade 1). The pay range could be anywhere between $5.25 and $65.00 per month.
Will I have to begin paying my restitution, assessments of fines during my period of incarceration?
If ordered by the court to pay any of the above, you will be placed in the Financial Responsibility Program (FRP) and required to make monthly or quarterly payments towards your balance owed. This amount can vary and will be discussed ‘you through your assigned Case Manager or Counselor, shortly after your arrival. You will be told that your participation in FRP is entirely voluntary, but you should be aware that there can be significant consequences (e.g., withholding good time credit) for refusing to participate.
How much money should I bring with me to the institution to initially fund my commissary account?
You can bring any amount of funds you desire to fund your commissary account. The only requirement is that the funds must be in the form of cash or money order, for immediate availability.The money order should be made payable to the Bureau of Prisons. Be mindful that currently, $320.00 is the monthly spending limit and it is divided as follows: $160.00 can be spent between the 1st and the 15th of each month, and $160.00 can be spent between the 16th and the last day of each month.
You should also be aware that if you have assessments, fines or restitution ordered by the Court, the administration will use a computation of your average trust fund balance to set the amount of your repayment schedule. The higher your average balance, the higher and/or more frequent your payment schedule. (see next FAQ for additional information)
What items will I be allowed to bring in with me to the institution upon self-surrender?
The best source for information on any issue regarding self-surrender is the institution you have been assigned to, which is identified in the letter you will receive from the U.S. Marshal’s Service. At www.usbop.gov you should find a web page for that institution. You may also call the direct telephone number of the institution and get up-to-date information.
Generally, the BOP permits you to bring one pair of prescription eyeglasses or permanent contact lenses into the institution with you. Disposable contacts are not allowed. You can also bring and keep your wedding band (provided it is smooth and without stones) and your personal Bible (provided it has a soft cover). We strongly encourage everyone to bring the Bible that you regularly use or can get meaning from, as it is an essential tool of transformation for purpose.
NO OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS OR CLOTHING CAN BE BROUGHT INTO THE INSTITUTION. The clothes you wear when you self-surrender will either be shipped back home or trashed, at your request. The BOP currently pays to ship those clothes to the address you request.
How can I get involved with Prisoners of Purpose?
During this formative stage, what we seek most from our partakers are their prayers that Jesus Christ grows this ministry in a way that pleases and honors the Father. As you pray accordingly, we are confident that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you the avenues through which your heart for this ministry may be released. When He does, contact us, and someone will get in touch with you to discuss your concern.
My family member is currently incarcerated at a correctional institution not currently offering the curriculum. How can I get the PofP program information to him or her for personal or group Bible study?
Contact us here for more details.
What correctional institutions currently offer the PofP program?
Currently, only Oxford Federal Prison Camp offers the structured PofP Ministry Spiritual Development curriculum. However, we expect others to offer the program in the very near future.
How does the Prisoners of Purpose program equip its participants for “re-entry”?
PofP encourages the completion of a “Re-Entry With Purpose Plan” that allows the participant to chart his spiritually-revealed purpose going forward and through the challenges and opportunities of re-entering his community.