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JT Special Prison Report 17:
Financial Responsibility Program


Financial Responsibility Program: Keep your fine and restitution payments to a minimum!


Financial Responsibility Program: Keep your fine and restitution payments to a minimum!

A JT Special Prison Report which explains the Bureau of Prisons’ Inmate Financial Responsibility Program (IFRP). The IFRP encourages each federal prison inmate to meet his or her legitimate financial obligations. Some federal prison inmates have court-ordered fines, restitution, and criminal penalty assessments. The payment of these court-ordered fines and fees is dependent upon what the court mandated and entered into the defendant’s Judgment, a.k.a., Judgment in a Criminal Case.

If the inmate has any outstanding fines, court ordered restitution, court costs, child support, alimony, and special assessments the BOP will determine the monthly or quarterly amount of his payment toward these obligations. This will be done by the inmate’s Case Manager or at his initial Unit Team meeting. The amount decided will be deducted from his commissary account either monthly or quarterly. The BOP uses a specific formula to determine the amount deducted from the inmate’s commissary account and the time intervals of the deduction. The formula takes into account all deposits including deposits from his prison job, telephone deposits, and any current payments toward his restitution or fines.

This JT Special Prison Report informs the reader on how to position himself advantageously for the lowest monthly or quarterly restitution or fine payment. It educates the inmate as to the formulas used in determining IFRP payments, the rules followed by the BOP, and how to negotiate with his or her Unit Case Manager when discussing IFRP payments.

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