Recognition and Control
(1)All inmate group activities will be under the administrative control and responsibility of the Department of Corrections staff. The functional unit manager or designee must approve all groups and activities of groups.
(2)Before any group activity is approved, the sponsoring group or person must submit a brief written statement to the functional unit manager or designee describing the particulars of the proposed activity. All proposed group activities must outline the intended goals and objectives, the planned number of inmates involved, frequency and time of meetings, equipment (whether provided or needed), estimated space and furnishings, funding requirements, qualifications for membership, anticipated special events, and publications related to the proposed activity. If the group is requesting to be a club, a proposed constitution must be submitted.
(3)Any groups designated as a club must meet the following criteria:
(a)Furthers the facility’s interest in safety and security;
(b)If interaction with the public is approved, it must be in accordance with the purpose of the club;
(c)All constitutions of clubs must be annually approved by the functional unit manager or designee, and follow a format that includes:
(B)Community affiliation (if any);
(D)Membership qualifications: Inmates will not be denied permission to participate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age or handicap;
(G)Elections: All inmates elected to club offices must have the approval of the functional unit manager or designee. All elections will be held by secret ballot. An assigned staff will be present during all elections and supervise the counting of all ballots;
(I)Rules and regulations; and
(J)Proposed constitutional amendments: The functional unit manager will have final approval on all requested constitutional amendments.
(4)Any group designated as a special interest group must not exceed available facilities and staff constraints.
(5)Any group designated as a religious group will be consistent with the Department of Corrections rules on Religious Activities.
Rule 291-145-0015 — Recognition and Control,