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Inmate Labor Program

AR-210-35, January 2005 provides Army policy and guidance for establishing and managing civilian inmate labor programs (CILP) on Army installations with Federal, State, and Local corrections facilities. Only inmates classified as minimum level security will participate in the CILP. Services provided to the Corps must be in accordance with 18 USC 4125(a), which include constructing or repairing roads; clearing, maintaining, or reforesting public land; building levees; or constructing or repairing any other public way or works financed wholly or in major part by funds appropriated by Congress. Inmates may perform custodial tasks, building demolition, debris removal, mowing, landscaping, painting, carpentry, trash pickup, transporting debris to and from recycling centers, and other similar activities. No other services are allowed by law. Benefits of the program include:

  • Provide a source of labor at no direct labor cost to the Corps
  • Accomplish tasks that would not be possible due to funding and staffing constraints
  • Provide meaningful work for inmates

Commanders may enter into agreements with Federal Bureau of Prisons or State/Local Correctional Systems concerning the use of civilian prison labor on Corps-managed water resource development projects. An Inmate Labor Plan and MOA using templates provided in AR 2010-35 must be staffed up through the chain of command through division, HQUSACE, ASA (CW), and the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM) for approval before accepting services from inmates.

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