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Subject 125-4-6 RECREATION

Rule 125-4-6-.01 Responsibility

(1) Each institution shall develop and maintain a planned recreation and exercise program of participant sports, exercise activities, and recreational opportunities.
(2) All activities shall be supervised by a recreational specialist, or Correctional Officer or other supervisor.
(3) Opportunities shall be provided for inmates to develop their individual physical fitness through vigorous activities.
(4) The institutional recreational program shall include as wide a range of both outdoor and indoor activities as is consistent with demonstrated inmate interest and availability or obtainability of supportive recreational assets.
(5) A minimum of seven (7) hours per week shall be programmed for the unrestricted inmate population for outdoor exercise. Indoor exercise may be substituted during inclement weather wherever appropriate facilities are available.
(6) Inmates in:
(a) Maximum security inmates shall be provided a minimum of seven (7) hours of physical exercise or recreational activities per week in a manner consistent with institutional custody, security, disciplinary, and related requirements.
(b) Inmates under institutional restriction, in administrative segregation, protective custody, or disciplinary isolation shall be provided a minimum of five (5) hours of physical exercise or recreational activities per week in a manner consistent with institutional custody, security, disciplinary, and related requirements.
(7) Sports and/or recreational activities which frequently or recurrently result in serious incidents and/or disturbances shall be suspended or discontinued and other less disruptive activities substituted therefor.

Rule 125-4-6-.02 Sports and Games

(1) Sports and games authorized should maximize participation of inmates in the particular activity concerned. However, team development which results in competitive engagements and consequent inmate spectator enjoyment is encouraged.
(2) Wardens/Superintendents shall designate those sports and games which shall be undertaken at their institutions. The range of activities designated should be as extensive as is supportable within the limitations of inmate interest and institutional capability.
(3) Activities shall be organized and supervised to the extent required to maintain essential institutional security and control. Care should be taken to avoid diminishing the anticipated recreational benefits by excessive organization and control.

Rule 125-4-6-.03 Crafts and Hobbies

With the approval of the Warden/Superintendent and within the limitations he prescribes, an inmate may pursue hobby craft work in his free time. The following limitations apply:

(a) Hobby craft activities shall be carried out under supervision in a hobby craft room provided by the institution for this purpose. Only with the specific approval of the Warden/Superintendent may hobby craft activities be undertaken in any other place.
(b) Hobby crafts which require tools, equipment, and/or materials which is classified as hazardous or as contraband shall require the specific approval of the Warden/Superintendent.
(c) Raw material, equipment, and tools needed for the manufacture of any hobby craft item, except those items utilized in institutional instructional activities, shall be ordered by the individual inmate through the office of the institutional Business/Record Manager or inmate store. Such items shall be paid for by the inmate concerned through deductions from personal funds credited to the inmate's institutional account.
(d) Except as provided in paragraph (h) below, the finished product of an inmate's hobby craft may only be sold through an outlet operated by the office of the Business/Record Manager of the institution concerned.
1. The hobby craft display counter (outlet) shall be open for business during visiting hours and at such other times as deemed appropriate by the Warden/Superintendent of the institution. Operating hours shall not be permitted to interfere with the normal routine of the institution.
2. The hobby craft display counter (outlet) shall be operated by the Business/Record Manager or an employee designated by him. Inmates shall not be permitted to operate the outlet.
3. The finished product shall be sold at a fair market price and funds derived from the sale shall be deposited to the individual inmate's institutional account in a manner similar to any other authorized deposit.
4. The sale of an inmate's hobby craft items shall be a straightforward business transaction. Such sales shall be accomplished from only one location (outlet) at each institution which shall be either the Lobby, Front Office, or other convenient location designated by the Warden/Superintendent and not located within the security sections of the institution.
(e) No institutional employee except the Business/Record Manager or his designated representative shall be involved in the procurement or disposal of hobby craft materials or finished products in any way whatsoever. The Business/Record Manager or his designated representative are solely and specifically responsible for the operation of the hobby craft program and for the inmate's institutional account.
(f) Inmates are prohibited from selling finished hobby craft products or components or any other item while on a work detail. An inmate may not mail or ship such products to individual customers or commercial outlets. All customers must purchase their finished products or components thereof through the outlet operated by the institutional Business/Record Manager.
(g) Bona fide gifts of hobby craft items may be permitted in accordance with the provisions of Chapters 415-3-4 and 415-3-3.
(h) When arts and crafts are displayed or exhibited at museums, festivals, fairs, etc., the State Recreation Consultant for the Department of Offender Rehabilitation will handle all sales and turn over all moneys collected and copies of receipts to the Business/Record Manager of the concerned institution for credit to the appropriate inmate's account.

Rule 125-4-6-.04 Entertainment

(1) Radios, television sets and similar recreational items, as authorized and approved by the Warden/Superintendent, shall be provided in recreation and day rooms or equivalent facilities and/or in such other locations as the Warden/Superintendent shall specify. In institutions equipped with sound systems, Wardens/Superintendents need neither provide nor authorize additional individual radios or other entertainment devices.
(2) As a specially earned privilege, the Warden/Superintendent may authorize an inmate to have a personal radio, television, or other similar accoustical device. Such items must meet all fire and circuitry safety standards and be located and operated in accordance with the limitations prescribed by the Warden/Superintendent.
(3) Each item of personal sound producing equipment shall be equipped with earphones. Necessary modification kits shall be available for purchase through the Inmate Store.
(4) The privilege of having a personal item of entertainment equipment may be removed for disciplinary reasons or for failure to abide by prescribed limitations.
(5) Authorized personal equipment belonging to an inmate which becomes inoperable shall be shipped to a person designated by the inmate owner at the inmate's expense.
(6) Personal radios, televisions, or other such equipment shall not be sold, bartered, or exchanged between inmates or between inmates and employees.
(7) Wardens/Superintendents may authorize the showing of selected movies at the institution.

Rule 125-4-6-.05 Institutional Store

(1) Each institution shall operate an institutional Inmate Store for the benefit of assigned inmates.
(2) The Warden/Superintendent shall have the overall responsibilities for the operation of the Inmate Store. The Business/Records Manager, or the Recreation Director, may be assigned responsibility for store operation. An employee, or inmate under the direct supervision of the responsible officer may be designated to physically operate the store. The method of operation shall be as follows:
(a) The Inmate Store shall be operated as a profit making activity.
(b) Close liaison should be maintained between the Business/ Records Manager and the Recreation Director concerning the account balance and program planning.
(c) The Inmate Store-Benefit Fund shall be used to purchase items or services for the benefit of inmates. Such expenditures shall be as authorized and approved by the Commissioner of Corrections or the Commissioner's designated representative. Assets from these funds shall not be expended for any activity nor purpose not related to inmate welfare.
(3) No employee under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Corrections shall be permitted to operate a store at any institution for private profit. Similarly, no inmate shall be permitted to operate a store for private profit.
(4) Institutional Inmate Store shall not order, receive, or sell any item which is classified by the institution or by the State Board of Corrections as dangerous or contraband. Such items as nasal inhalators, after shave lotion with a high alcoholic content and bottled items are examples of those prohibited.