FCI Big Spring Personal Property

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Personal Athletic and Musical Equipment

Inmates may possess athletic and musical equipment. The following are the items allowed and the method that must be used to acquire those items:

  1. Athletic Shoes
  2. Artists Pencils
  3. Beadwork and Hardware
  4. Leather
  5. Harmonica
  6. Hardware and Leather craft (no tools)
  7. Non-Toxic Paints for Ceramics
  8. Protective Sports Glasses (will not transfer to another institution).
  9. Knee Wrap
  10. Acrylic Paints / Water Colors
  11. Pre-Stretched Canvas
  12. Felt and Velvet Cloth
  13. Hardware for Ceramics (no tools)
  14. Softball Glove

Other Hobby craft items may be permitted by the Supervisor of Recreation.
These items may be purchased through the Commissary, or if not stocked in the Commissary, through a “Special Purpose Order Form” obtained through the Recreation Department during posted hours. Only those items that are listed are allowed for retention.

Radios and Watches

An inmate may not own or possess more than one (1) approved radio and watch at any one time. Proof of ownership, through appropriate property receipts, will be required. Radios and watches may not have a value exceeding $100.00 each. Radios with a tape recorder and/or tape player are not authorized. Radios and watches will be inscribed with the inmate’s name and register number. Only walkman-type radios are permitted, and headphones are required at all times. While an inmate is in holdover status, he may not purchase, own or possess a radio or watch. Inmates may not give any items of value to another inmate, i.e., radio, watch, sneakers and Commissary items.

Storage Space

Storage space consists of an individual locker. Locks may be purchased in the Commissary.  The amount of personal property allowed is limited to those items which can be neatly and safely placed in the locker space designated. Under no circumstance will any materials be accumulated to the point where they become a fire, sanitation, security, or housekeeping hazard.  Wooden shelves and pieces of cardboard are not permitted to be affixed to the inside of the lockers for added storage space.  Additional lockers are not authorized and will result in disciplinary action being taken.

Prohibited Inmate Personal Property

Inmates are not authorized to contain, obtain, or acquire a copy of their “Statement of Reasons” and/or Pre-Sentence Report.  If such documents are found to be in the inmate’s personal property they will be confiscated and mailed out at the inmate’s expense.

Under the Court Security Improvement Act of 2007, two new provisions were added to the Federal Criminal Code.

Title 18 U.S.C. Section 1521 established a criminal offense for filing, attempting to file, or conspiring to file, a false lien or encumbrance against the real or personal property of a Federal Judge or Federal law enforcement officer.

Title 18 U.S.C. Section 119 established a criminal offense for making “restricted personal information” publicly available about a “covered person” with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or incite a crime of violence against such person.  Covered  individuals include court officers, jurors, witnesses, informants, and Federal law enforcement officers.  For purposes of each of these provisions, Bureau of Prisons staff are Federal law enforcement officers and covered by the Act.  Therefore, inmates are prohibited from obtaining or possessing Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Lien Documents and Personal Information of Law Enforcement Officers and Covered Persons, UCC financing statements and similar forms.

Inmates are also prohibited from obtaining or possessing any documents which contain unauthorized personal information, including, but not limited to, home address, home telephone numbers, social security number, personal email, or home fax number of any jurors, witnesses, informants, or of any federal official, including, but not limited to, Bureau of Prisons staff, United States Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, Judges, and other Federal agents. Possession of personal information about immediate family members of a covered person is also prohibited.

If an inmate is found to be in possession of these types of documents or information, the items will be confiscated. The inmate will be subject to inmate discipline, and your case may be referred for possible prosecution. Inmates may use the Administrative Remedy process to challenge the confiscation or rejection of such materials.

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