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Inmate Work and Performance Pay Program: Reduction in Pay for Drug- and Alcohol-Related Disciplinary Offenses

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Prisons, Justice.

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY:

In this document, the Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) proposes to amend regulations on inmate work and performance pay to require that inmates receiving performance pay who are found through the disciplinary process (found in 28 CFR part 541) to have committed a level 100 or 200 series drug-or alcohol-related prohibited act will automatically have their performance pay reduced to maintenance pay level and will be removed from any assigned work detail outside the secure perimeter of the institution.

DATES:

Comments are due by January 2, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Our e-mail address is BOPRULES@BOP.GOV. Comments should be submitted to the Rules Unit, Office of General Counsel, Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street, NW., Washington, DC 20534. You may view an electronic version of this rule at www.regulations.gov. You may also comment on this regulation via the Internet at BOPRULES@BOP.GOV or by using the www.regulations.gov comment form for this regulation. When submitting comments electronically you must include the BOP Docket No. in the subject box.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sarah Qureshi, Office of General Counsel, Bureau of Prisons, phone (202) 307-2105.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In this document, the Bureau amends regulations on inmate work and performance pay to require that inmates receiving performance pay who are found through the disciplinary process (found in 28 CFR part 541) to have committed a level 100 or 200 series drug-or alcohol-related prohibited act will automatically have their performance pay reduced to maintenance pay level and will be removed from any assigned work detail outside the secure perimeter of the institution.

The presence of even minute quantities of drug or alcohol contraband poses serious problems to the security, discipline, and good order of a correctional institution. By requiring a reduction in performance pay as a result of a level 100 or 200 series drug-or alcohol-related prohibited act, this rule provides a disincentive that is commensurate with the seriousness of those types of prohibited acts.

We currently have similar rules removing inmates from certain programs as a collateral consequence of disciplinary action. For instance, 28 CFR 345.52(g), pertaining to inmates earning Federal Prison Industries premium pay, provides for automatic removal from premium pay status if an inmate is found by a DHO to have committed any level 100 or 200 series offense. Likewise, with regard to the Bureau's drug abuse treatment program, 28 CFR 550.56(d) states that the drug abuse treatment coordinator may remove from the program an inmate found to have committed any level 100 or 200 offense.

Also, under 28 CFR 544.73 (b)(1)(ii), if an inmate commits a prohibited act during enrollment in the Bureau's Literacy Program, that inmate is considered not to be making “satisfactory progress” towards obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) credential, which could result in loss of good conduct time credit under 28 CFR 523.20.

Like the aforementioned rules, this rule provides an additional disincentive for inmates in an effort to target and eliminate the use and/or introduction of drugs or alcohol into Bureau institutions.

Executive Order 12866

This rule falls within a category of actions that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined to constitute “significant regulatory actions” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 and, accordingly, it was reviewed by OMB.

The Bureau has assessed the costs and benefits of this rule as required by Executive Order 12866 Section 1(b)(6) and has made a reasoned determination that the benefits of this rule justify its costs. This rule will have the benefit of strengthening ongoing efforts to target and eliminate the use and/or introduction of drugs or alcohol into Bureau institutions. There will be no new costs associated with this rulemaking.

Executive Order 13132

This regulation will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, under Executive Order 13132, we determine that this rule does not have sufficient Federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Director of the Bureau of Prisons, under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), reviewed this regulation and by approving it certifies that it will not have a significant economic impact upon a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: This rule pertains to the correctional management of offenders committed to the custody of the Attorney General or the Director of the Bureau of Prisons, and its economic impact is limited to the Bureau's appropriated funds.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100,000,000 or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

This rule is not a major rule as defined by § 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to compete with foreign-based companies in domestic and export markets.

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List of Subjects in 28 CFR Part 545

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Harley G. Lappin,

Director, Bureau of Prisons.

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Under rulemaking authority vested in the Attorney General in 5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 509, 510 and delegated to the Director, Bureau of Prisons in 28 CFR 0.96, we propose to amend 28 CFR part 545 as set forth below.

Subchapter C—Institutional Management

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PART 545—WORK AND COMPENSATION

1. Revise the authority citation for 28 CFR part 545 to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 18 U.S.C. 3013, 3571, 3572, 3621, 3622, 3624, 3663, 4001, 4042, 4081, 4082 (Repealed in part as to offenses committed on or after November 1, 1987), 4126, 5006-5024 (Repealed October 12, 1984 as to offenses committed after that date), 5039; 28 U.S.C. 509, 510.

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2. In § 545.25, add paragraph (e) to read as follows:

Eligibility for performance pay.
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(e) Inmates receiving performance pay who are found through the disciplinary Start Printed Page 64507process (part 541 of this subchapter) to have committed a level 100 or 200 series drug-or alcohol-related prohibited act will automatically have their performance pay reduced to maintenance pay level and will be removed from any assigned work detail outside the secure perimeter of the institution.

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[FR Doc. E6-18447 Filed 11-1-06; 8:45 am]

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