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Prison Inmate Slang & Glossary

From Prison glossary of terms from Facility Activity Fund to Full Restraints Clearance including some inmate slang. This page consists of prison glossary terms starting with the letter F.

Prison Glossary of Terms That Start With "F"


Facility Activity Fund: An offender fund established at the facility level to finance and report various authorized activities for the educational, recreational, and social benefit of offenders. Fund purchases must be in accordance with established DOC procurement and disbursement practices and should not duplicate goods offered by Canteen Services.

Facility Clinic: A medical clinic, licensed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, located inside a state correctional facility.

Facility Disruption: An individual's actions which disrupt the normal operations of the facility and may or may not result in/cause a facility mobilization.

Facility Specific Items: Property items which are only allowed at a specific facility and authorized by that facility administrative head. This also includes property items which were allowed under previous versions of this administrative regulation (grandfathered).

Factual Basis: Refers to the actual conduct of the offender during the crime. Factual Basis of a sex offense must be determined on the mittimus by the court at sentencing to qualify an offender to register for a conviction other than a sex offense.

Faith Based Program: A program that addresses an offender's social, emotional, spiritual, recreational, or life skill issues from a faith/spiritual prospective.

Family Member: Any person related to a current or potential DOC employee, contract worker, or volunteer by blood, marriage, or other significant relationship. This includes grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, grandchildren, spouse, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and any half/step/foster/adoptive relationships and individuals who are cohabiting as married partners or involved in an ongoing romantic relationship.)

Family Member of an Offender: Any person related to an offender by blood or by marriage. This may include, but is not limited to: spouse, children, stepchild, adopted child, foster child, parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, brother, sister, niece, nephew, cousin.

Farm Crews: Offenders assigned to work agricultural operations under direct armed supervision on DOC property.

Federal Indirect Cost Proposal: An annual document prepared by the DOC controller, or designee, to establish a rate used to recover indirect costs from federally funded programs or activities.

Federal Indirect Cost Recovery: A state agency rate approved by the federal government used to recover indirect costs from federal government grants. The indirect cost recovery rate is to be used by the state agency in conjunction with direct federal grant applications and grant budgets that allow recovery of indirect costs. The indirect cost recovery funds cannot be used for the grant program and are to be credited to the state's general fund, unless otherwise appropriated or directed by law.

Federally Certified Work Program: A Correctional Industry recognized by federal authorities as satisfying the requirements of federal law and which thereby allows the interstate sale and distribution of offender-produced goods developed by that cost center.

Felony Adjudication: Any offense, i.e. felony, for which there was a charge and conviction, or legal penalty imposed, such as a deferred sentence.

Felony Class: The severity of the crime as classified by the reception department of most prisons.

Financially Responsible Party: The offender or individual who accepts responsibility on behalf of the offender, to bear all expenses related to the use of the private health care provider, to include the cost of security and transportation.

Finger Foods: A modification of the regular menu to allow for the service of meals without utensils and hard plastic trays, as ordered by a health care or mental health provider, to ensure the safety of an offender.

Flat Sentence Expiration Date: Completion of the prison sentence as imposed by the court in its entirety.

Follow-up Search: Efforts by the fugitive coordinator to locate and recover a fugitive after field leads have been exhausted and the case transferred.

Force Options: A planned and trained use of reasonable physical force, to include deadly force, to gain control of an incident or offender.

Forced Cell Entry: A pre-planned, organized process for gaining cell entry to retrieve a disruptive or non-compliant offender(s), utilizing physical force.

Forced Cell Entry/Cell Extraction Team: DOC employees, plus one audio/video camera operator, who have been specially trained and certified in forced cell entry procedures. More than 6 DOC employees may comprise this team, if deemed necessary by the shift commander and necessitated by the number of offenders in the cell.

Foreign National Offenders: Persons who are not legal residents of the United States who have been convicted of a crime in the United States, and are under the custody of the executive director of the DOC, regardless of whether or not the person ever acquired legal residency in the United States through the visa process.

Formal Count: A physical count conducted at a specific time, in an organized manner, of the status of all offenders assigned to the facility.

Former Offender: A person who has been found guilty of committing a felony, has been sentenced to any DOC, and less than three years have elapsed since his/her release from custody.

Four/Five Point Restraints: Physical restriction on an offender's movements as an immediate response to dangerous, disruptive or self-injurious behavior when less restrictive intervention has been determined to be unsafe or ineffective. This includes use of the restraint chair.

Free Time: The time an offender is allowed to be away from his/her residence for leisure or recreational activities.

Fresh Pursuit: Pursuit without unnecessary delay of a person who has committed a crime or who is reasonably believed to have committed a crime. The pursuit must be continuous and uninterrupted, but there need not be continuous surveillance of the offender or uninterrupted knowledge of his/her whereabouts. The determination as to when fresh pursuit ceases to exist will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Fugitive: An offender under DOC commitment who has, without proper consent, escaped from custody/confinement or absconded from parole supervision.

Full Restraints: A combination of DOC approved restraints which include wrist and ankle restraints. The wrist restraints are fixed to a waist chain and secured with a black box and padlock.

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