Personal Property Limits
Items which may be retained by an inmate are limited for sanitation and security reasons to ensure excess personal property is not accumulated which would constitute a fire hazard or impair staff searches of the living area. The following list is not all-inclusive, but is a guide to the kind of items an inmate may be authorized: legal materials (limited to active cases only), five books, one photo album, and two deodorants. For an inclusive list refer to the Program Statement pertaining to Inmate Personal Property. The amount of personal property each inmate is allowed is limited to those items which can be neatly and safely placed in the locker.
Storage space in the units consists of an individual locker. Locks may be purchased in the institution commissary to secure personal items. Under no circumstance will any materials be accumulated to the point where they become a fire, sanitation, security or safety hazard.
Inmates are allowed to maintain legal materials, which are limited to active cases, in their locker.
The total value of an inmate’s accumulated Commissary items (including special purchases) will be limited to the monthly spending limit which increased in March 2002 to $290.00.
Letters, Books, Photographs, Newspapers, and Magazines
Radios and Watches
Inmates are limited to one walkman-style radio with ear-buds, purchased through the Commissary. An inmate is limited to one watch. Only those watches sold through the Bureau of Prisons institution Commissary will be allowed. Watches and radios will have the inmate’s Register Number engraved on them at the time of sale.
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, shoes, or any Commissary items.
Inmates may have a plain wedding band (without stones) and, with prior approval from Religious Services staff, a religious medal without stones.
The following quarters rules are expected to be followed:
• All beds are to be made daily in the prescribed manner. Beds will be made by 7:30 a.m. during the weekday. On weekends and holidays, beds will be made whenever inmates are awake or away from the cell. At no time will a mattress be removed from a bunk and placed on the floor. If a cell or room is not
acceptable, disciplinary action will be taken.
• Unit meal rotation is based on the weekly sanitation ratings of each unit. The unit with the highest sanitation is called first, and the unit with the lowest
rating is called last.
• Cell doors are closed when not occupied.
• No running in the housing unit.
• Each inmate is responsible for the cleaning and sanitation of his cell.
• Orderlies work 40-hour weeks and are responsible for the unit sanitation. However, everyone is responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Trash receptacles and wastebaskets are to be emptied prior to 8:00 a.m. each day.
• Provocative pictures, posters, cartoons, and any items cut out of magazines may not be displayed in any cell or dorm.
• Showers are available every day, but inmates may not be in the shower during an official count. Food Service workers and others with irregular work shifts may shower during the day as long as showering does not interfere with the cleaning of the unit or does not occur during count.
• Personal radios may be played in an individual’s cell, but ear-buds must be worn.
• Unit televisions may be viewed during established off-duty hours, which generally coincide with the hours rooms are unlocked in the facility. All unit televisions will be turned off at 11:30 p.m. each night. Ordinarily, televisions will be designated for varying categories, i.e., sports, news, movies, and general programming. Consideration will be given for special events, with regard to the hours of operation and the category designation of the televisions.