Personal Property Limits
Items which may be retained by an inmate are limited for sanitation and security reasons, and to ensure excess personal property is not accumulated which would constitute a fire hazard or impair staff searches of the cell. 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), 5 – books, 1- photo album, and 2 – deodorant. For an inclusive list refer to the FCI McDowell Institution Supplement pertaining to Inmate Personal Property.
Storage space in the units consists of an individual locker. Locks may be purchased in the institution commissary. The amount of personal property allowed each inmate is limited to those items which can be neatly and safely placed in the locker. Under no circumstance will any materials be accumulated to the point where they become a fire, sanitation, security or housekeeping hazard.
Civilian clothing of any type, except athletic apparel, is not authorized. All clothing, except undergarments will be tagged with a label indicating your name/Reg. No. which identifies your items and is to be neatly stored in the individual locker. Individual washcloth and towels are issued to inmates. Authorized footwear includes: one pair of safety boots. Footwear will be placed neatly under the bed.
Special Purpose Items
Special Purpose items will be authorized only to the point where they can be contained in the storage area provided for personal property.
Inmates are allowed to maintain legal materials, which are limited to active cases, in their locker.
Hobby Craft Materials
Hobby shop raw materials and projects has been authorized to be stored on the unit in inmates locker. Disposal of completed hobby craft work must be arranged through Recreation staff immediately after completion of the craft. The completed hobby craft will only be sent to those people on the inmate’s visiting list.
The total value of an inmate’s accumulated Commissary items (including special purchases) will be limited to the monthly spending limit of $320.00.
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 that can be stored in their locker provided in each cell. The limit for magazines is no more than five (5) in one’s possession and no older than 3 months. Local newspapers are not allowed after they are three (3) days old and non-local newspapers may be retained for a period of ten (10) days. Only picture frames sold in the Commissary may be displayed. Nothing is to be tacked, stapled or scotch taped to any surface except to bulletin boards unless authorized by Unit Team.
Sports and Musical Equipment
A limited amount of sports equipment may be maintained in the unit. Sports and recreation equipment will be available for inmate use in the Recreation Department.
Radios and Watches
An inmate may not own or possess more than one (1) approved radio and/or watch at anyone time. Proof of ownership, through appropriate property receipts, will be required. Radios with a tape recorder and/or tape player are not authorized. Radios will be inscribed with the inmate’s registration 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, shoes and Commissary items.