The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) “encourages” federal inmates who owe court fines or restitution to meet their legitimate financial obligations by subjecting them to the Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IFRP).
This program requires the inmate to sign an agreement with the BOP, allowing them to remove funds from their Trust Fund account on a monthly or quarterly basis until applicable fines and restitution are fulfilled. Governed by Federal Bureau of Prisons Program Statement P5380.08 and federal regulations (28 C.F.R. § 545.10), the IFRP allows local staff to set a payment schedule to “help the inmate develop a financial plan” that is “commensurate with [the prisoner’s] ability to pay.” 28 C.F.R. § 545.11(a). If the prisoner is unwilling or unable to make the monetary payments, they can face consequences and hardship.
The problem is that prison officials are sometimes overzealous and force prisoners to sign inappropriate contracts. If you are so effected, Zoukis Prisoner Resources will review the terms of your current contract, in conjunction with your Trust Fund account transactions, and help you to determine if your individual IFRP contract is sound. If not, we will help you informally attempt to correct the improper IFRP contract. If this doesn’t work, we can assist you in either filing an administrative remedy or engage in informal advocacy with agency officials directly on your behalf. We can also petition your sentencing court to either impose a reasonable payment plan or ask that any such payments be made after release from custody.