(1) Close coordination between the facility commander and the garrison commander or equivalent will
be maintained to establish worthwhile work projects for the employment of prisoners. Approval for and
assignment of prisoners to work on projects are the responsibilities of the facility commander. Prisoners may be
employed in the manufacturing and processing of items of equipment, clothing, and other useful products and
supplies for DoD activities or other federal agencies, in agricultural programs, in manufacturing, or in preparing
items to meet institutional or installation needs.
(2) Prisoners will not work away from the installation or sub-installation on which the facility is
located, except as part of an approved work release program.
(3) Care will be exercised in the selection and approval of work projects for prisoners to avoid
involving the Army in controversies with organized labor, employers, and agricultural groups. Prisoners will
not be assigned to work projects that are inherently unsafe.
(4) Prisoners may participate in public exhibitions, such as county or state fairs, through the display of
products produced in prisoner work projects, unless a victim/witness lives within a 50mile radius of the event
(5) When not engaged in prescribed training or counseling, prisoners will be required to perform a full
day of useful, constructive work. In general, prisoners will be employed through a standard 40-hour workweek.
(6) Supervisors may determine that failure to complete 40 hours was due to factors outside the control
of the prisoner, such as weather, sickness, and so on. This restriction is not intended to limit the authority of
commanders to direct extra work during emergencies, to prevent the assignment of prisoners to details that
normally encompass weekends, or to prevent prisoners from volunteering for extra work.
(7) Prisoners may be employed on any work assignment that is consistent with the intent and purposes
of this regulation. Individuals designated by the facility commander, usually the supervisor of the work activity
involved, will render specific job placements and work evaluation reports. Reassignment of a prisoner from the
activity will be approved by the facility commander or a designee, except in cases involving an alleged rules
violation related to the work assignment or that may have bearing on the security and safety of the prisoner or
(8) Prisoners may be employed as operators of Army specialty motor vehicles and vehicles undergoing
maintenance on military installations only if they have been issued driving permits and have demonstrated the
necessary proficiency. Security considerations will be carefully evaluated before authorizing a prisoner to
operate a vehicle. Prisoners employed in the work release program may operate vehicles off the military
reservation, subject to the restrictions of the facility commander.
(9) Work restrictions.
(a) A pretrial prisoner will not be assigned work details with post trial prisoners.
(b) Prisoners will not attend children; exercise dogs, except as part of authorized duties on properly
established and recognized work details; clean and polish others' shoes, except in shoe repair and shoe shine
projects operated by an ACS facility; do laundry work except in the installation or ACS facility laundry; act as
cooks or serve meals in individual quarters; cultivate or maintain private lawns or gardens; or make beds and
perform orderly or housekeeping duties in government- or privately-owned quarters.