The object of this program is to save the U.S. billions on prison costs and billions on international contractors.
As well as to have an emergency readiness response team of thousands, and to give the federal inmate another chance to recover him or herself. Also, to redirect troops to jobs they should be doing.
1. This bill will take no jobs from U.S. workers.
2. Inmates are contracted through the FBOP, to other agencies, like FEMA or the Military, to do everything from disaster response to search and rescue to fire fighting and more.
3. Military bases can be used and utilized but so can designated prisons to train and house inmates that qualify.
4. This program is by choice, waivers will be signed to lessen legal problems, however, efforts will be made to keep the inmates who participate safely.
5. Negotiations will be made through counselors and inmates for positions and time off with a degree of difficulty assessments, to where positions will be posted nationwide in the FBOP.
6. Inmates will be under the authority of the FBOP and officers will be trained to be on site to guard and oversee the performance of these duties.
7. Inmates that qualify and participate will do one-third of their time or ten years whichever is less or, if having already served that much time before the program began, the inmate can negotiate their time cut per job or position offered.
8. To qualify the inmate must have no major incident reports in the last 3 years, (this can be waved by the BOP), show a good attitude and obedience to authority, either have verifiable experience in the position offered, or be willing to be trained and relocate to a prison with that training program or a military base. The inmate may have to wear an ankle bracelet during this time.
9. The inmate must be willing to work for no or low pay. Be willing to work in dangerous areas or situations, i.e. fires, storms, other countries to do nation building, etc., but can request certain positions they qualify for.
10.Once the Right To Serve contract is signed the government must execute it. Except in the case of a major violation.
These violations will be stipulated in the contract but include things like escape attempts, fighting, and drug or alcohol violations. Basically, the same rules as prison life contain but without pettiness.
This program will be funded by the FBOP through the billions of dollars saved through lessening the time and costs in housing and caring for federal inmates, approximately $40,000 per year per inmate, and by the federal government in the billions saved by cutting costs not using so many international contractors. This program is not intended to take away military jobs but to use salaried soldiers more efficiently and not for menial jobs, therefore, getting more fighting troops into the area of their intent, and giving them the proper support and rest they need by not being spread so thin, especially due to upcoming cuts.
The Prison Reform Act is designed to give federal prisoners another chance while restoring the faith of U.S. citizens in convicted felons who really want to change their lives.
The old parole law can be used as a guide to setting the program up. The BOP will designate all positions, placements, locales and develop a system of grading the placements and the trust levels of the inmates. This can be done in coordination with input from inmates. Certain dangerous jobs such as mine removal, warrant more time off than regular positions such as supply and logistics. One thought is to reinstate parole for these participants. Parole officers become head hunters for the positions needed and work with counselors to acquire participants. The more skill and trust an inmate has as experience the more favorable position offered to him. Once the contract is completed, parole is automatically granted or possibly clemency to time served, done monthly by the President, for graduates.
If an inmate is kicked out of the program for a major infraction, he cannot reenter. If he quits he has to wait 2 years to reapply. Every inmate will be considered eligible if he or she qualifies. Those with life sentences might consider more hazardous duty. Duties that are in fact being done right now by others but could be used in a more useful position as replaced by a trusted prisoner, not losing their job but being reassigned to a more useful position.
Monies saved by the BOP will go into a trust fund to train and staff this program while monies saved by the Government on international contractors' salaries, will directly benefit the U.S. government.