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  • Government Name: Quaheem Edwards
  • Register Number: 10800-084
  • Age:28
  • Time Served:6 + yrs.
  • Home Town:Paterson, NJ
  • Sentence:20 yrs
  • Current Charge:Conspiracy to Distribute, Weapons, Witness Intimidation
  • Alias:Ox-Splish
  • Release Date:2024
  • Prison Affiliation:Blood
  • Circle of Influence:Charles Taylor Jr., David Drone, Joshua Carrell, Tewhan Butler
  • Institution:USP Tucson
  • I now know what I want out of life for myself, my family and my community. I am strictly about rebuilding and change. On paper, I will always be affiliated. I took an oath! But I BANG for a real cause now, or a few causes: CHANGE, UPLIFTMENT and PROSPERITY. RAISE UP!

Federal Penitentiary jobs and programming #WTOW

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Most people in our world prefer to sit around all day, rather than work, even those who have no money coming in. But for those of you who are indigent, with below average income, check the list of different jobs below.

Food Service
For the most part all available jobs start at a grade five, which is the lowest. This is like “minimum wage” for the prison system. In food service, you can make at least twenty dollars a month as a grade five. But, with a good consistent work ethic, you’re guaranteed to make more.

In order to move up in pay grade, you not only will have to put in the work, you must have a GED/high school diploma. Without either, the highest promotion you can receive is to a grade four. Here is a look at the food service positions.

Dining Room Workers – They are responsible for keeping the dining area clean and organized. Stacking trays, keeping the salt and pepper shakers filled, as well as sweeping and mopping the floors are just some of the worker’s responsibilities.

Line Server – Their job is basically serving the food and cleaning the line after each meal.

The line servers usually create the most enemies in the kitchen. Simply because they’re instructed to give each individual the same portion, but there will be times when it may look as if, the server is “shaking the spoon.” Nine times out of ten, there will be a supervisor breathing down the worker’s neck, watching every tray that he serves. The problem usually comes when an individual asks for another scoop or another piece of chicken and the server looks at his supervisor. Now, speaking with two years of experience working in food service, the way things works is, if the supervisor isn’t looking, I would always give out more, then wait until my supervisor corrects me. But things won’t always go as smooth as you expect them to. Take the example below for instance. The scene and details are real. The names were changed to protect the identity of the actual individuals.

It’s lunch time and the kitchen is packed. The afternoon’s menu consists of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. But the long line of convicts are only waiting on one thing, “the fried bird”.

Jay, a short Brooklyn, New York native is the line server dishing out the chicken. To his right is Ms. Horn, his supervisor. Ms. Horn isn’t hawking Jay, because for the past few months, he has yet to give her any problems.

Flocko, a Texas-Mexican steps up, “What’s up?” he nods to Jay, who does the same before placing a small piece of chicken on Flocko’s tray. Flocko frowns. “What the fuck papa?” his tone draws Ms. Horns attention. “C’mon Ms. Look at dis,” he pleads.

Ms. Horn glances at the small piece of chicken on Flocko’s tray. “Go on,” she says, waving him off.

“Wh…” Flocko began, but catches himself. He then nods his head to Jay, mouthing the words, “I’m a kill you,” before walking away.

Jay’s face tightens in anger. His eyes follow Flocko until the Mexican joined his car at their table. Flocko steals another glance back at Jay.

“Jones, are you alright?” Ms. Horn asks.

Jay didn’t respond. He then went back to serving.

Jay tried shaking the fact that the Mexican had threatened his life. “Over some chicken?” he asked himself trying to convince himself that the situation was not that serious. But, as he continued to serve, he was reminded by the fact that he was in a penitentiary. A level seven prison where just about everything was taken to heart.

Finally, the long line came to an end. By this time Jay was furious. Flocko was long gone, but he was still bothered by the threat. Not even bothering to clean the serving line, Jay followed the other workers out of the kitchen. He soon ran into Flocko on the walkway where he knocked him out, then kept moving like nothing happened.

This incident, which started out over a piece of chicken, would later lead to a stand-off between blacks and Hispanics.

LINE BACKERS – are responsible for replacing the serving pans when they’re empty or low.

DISH ROOM– are responsible for cleaning all cups, trays and silverware.

S.H.U. CARTS – working on the S,H.U. carts pays decent, even as a grade five. These workers serve and store trays for segregation inmates aka “The Hole.” This job is the fourth highest paying job in food service.

WAREHOUSE – these workers have access to all dry foods. Their job is keeping everything in order.

COOKS – they prepare food. These guys have the most freedom in the kitchen.

All of these positions will get you by as far as pay, but it is the clerks who make the most money in food service.

CLERKS- are responsible for everyone’s pay, as well as taking all inventory. The clerk’s position is the hardest to get.

Nevermind the pay-grades, if you are a hustler at heart, (you’re no longer in the streets), you will make a fortune in the kitchen. This is a goldmine because everyone likes to eat.

UNICOR is one, if not the highest paying job in the federal system. You can make anywhere from $35.00 to $7-800.00 working in the factory. Most UNICOR facilities make clothing material for the Army such as overalls, windbreaker jackets and vests.

Working in UNICOR can be a grade five or four, making grade two pay. Only if you’re a worker. The factory is flooded with machines from bartaking to sewing machines. The more machines you learn how to operate, the more money you can make.

Those of you with a GED/high school diploma or prior UNICOR experience will have no problem getting right into UNICOR. If you don’t have longevity or prior UNICOR experience, but you have a diploma, you will be added right to the waiting list.

UNICOR positions

Material handlers –  keep all material organized and prepared for the next operation.

QA – they’re in charge of whichever line they’re assigned to. The QA’s job is to make sure the work is done right (quality), before it moves to the next operation.

Orderlies – are responsible for keeping the factory clean, as well as the restrooms.

Facilities – their jobs vary from repairing electronic equipment to plumbing. The pay is determined by your pay grade.

Blood Spill – This job pays very well. It is on-call work. If there is any blood spill in the institution, you will be called. As difficult as the job may be to get, it can also be difficult to deal with. If there was a fight or stabbing, the area would be shut down until the blood has been cleaned up.

Safety – their job is supplying chemicals throughout the institution. This is also a great paying job.

There are also orderly jobs for the compound and units. These are considered the laid back jobs. You can do next to nothing and still get paid.

The education department has orderly jobs as well, and there’s always a tutor position available. Most institutions will allow inmates to start their own class, if the idea is beneficial.

We mentioned programming in a previous section, but let’s elaborate. It does not matter what institution you are housed in, there will always be programs available. The psychology and education departments offer a long list of programs. You will be able to get an official CDL license in education, which will come in handy later on in life. There is a parenting class and, upon completion, you can record a five minute video of yourself speaking to your children. You will be able to mail the video home as a gift.

There is a drug abuse education course, which addresses inmate drug abuse, as well as the relationship between drug use and crime. The program ensures that inmates are fully informed of the drug abuse and psychology program options available in the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The drug education course meets the requirements of a judicial recommendation for drug treatment. This course is 12 to 15 hours in duration.

Inmates will be required to participate in the Drug-Abuse course if:

  • There is evidence that alcohol or other drug use contributed to the commission of offense.
    Alcohol or other drug use was a reason for violence either of, supervised release, or bureau comm. Status that is a replacement which the inmate is now incarcerated.
    There was a recommendation or evaluation for drug programs by the sentencing judge or for example: the inmates history of alcohol and/or drug use within the past five years is emphasized.
    There is evidence of a history of alcohol, or other drug use in the (PSR) pre-sentence report.
    Inmate may also be considered for course placement if they request to participate in the drug abuse education program. Now, if you are required to participate, and refuse, withdraw, are expelled or otherwise fail to meet attendance, and examination requirements then they:
    Are not eligible for performance pay above maintenance pay level, or bonus pay or vacation pay and
    Are not eligible for a federal prison industries (UNICOR) work program.

There is also a non-residential drug abuse program available to all inmates and it is also voluntary. The non-residential program is approximately six-months in length. Meetings are generally held 1-2 times per week for 90 minutes. You can even get up to $30.00 for completing the program and may be offered other tangible incentives.

Residential drug abuse programs are 500 hours and available at several institutions in the mid-Atlantic region. This program is not offered at high security institutions in the BOP.


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