FCI Gilmer Personal Property

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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

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.


Civilian clothing of any type, except athletic apparel, is not authorized. All clothing, except socks, is stamped with a bin number which identifies the items, and they must be neatly stored in the locker. Individual wash cloths and towels are issued to inmates. Authorized footwear includes: one pair of steel-toed safety shoes (or a medically-authorized replacement), one pair of shower shoes, one pair of slippers, two pairs of tennis shoes, and one pair of black Visiting Room shoes. Footwear will be placed neatly under the bed. Inmates are not permitted to wear khaki shirts / pants with sweat shirts / pants (no “mix and match”).

Legal Materials

Inmates are allowed to maintain legal materials, which are limited to active cases, in their locker.

Commissary Items

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.

Food Storage

Food items left open create a health hazard. These items must be properly sealed at all times. Empty jars may not be used as drinking containers and are to be thrown away. Empty containers may not be used for any purpose except the original intended purpose.

Letters, Books, Photographs, Newspapers, and Magazines

An inmate will be limited in the number of magazines and newspapers stored in their locker. The limit for magazines is no more than five per inmate, and the limit for books is no more than five per inmate. Local newspapers are not allowed after they are three days old and non-local newspapers may be retained for a period of ten days. Only picture frames sold in the Commissary may be displayed. Nothing is to be tacked, stapled, or scotch taped to any surface.

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.


FCI Gilmer is a non-smoking facility. Any use or possession of tobacco products will result in disciplinary action.
Quarters Rules:

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.

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