Inmates may or may not be entitled to workers compensation insurance, depending on who they are working for at the time of injury. Rules that speak to inmate/offender employment are vague enough, that they are subject to interpretation and would vary on a case-by-case basis.
Indiana statute provides that an offender (inmate) is not an employee of the “department”
IC 11-10-8-8; Status of offender while going to or from employment
Sec. 8. An offender employed under this chapter by an employer other than the department is not an agent, employee, or involuntary servant of the department while working or going to or from the employment.
Prison Industries Enterprises (PIE) Indiana also participates in the Prison Industries Enterprises (PIE) federal program. Offenders in this program are paid the prevailing wage for the job, but are also responsible for paying room and board to the state, federal and state taxes, victim’s restitution, and family/child support.
Indiana Department of Correction
6075 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Web Site: www.in.gov/indcorrection/