FCI McKean Personal Property

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Personal Property Limits

Personal property is limited for sanitation and security reasons, and to ensure that excess personal property is not accumulated which would constitute a fire hazard or impair staff searches of the living area.

Storage Space

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 stored in the locker. Hooks have been installed on the walls in the housing unit cells. These hooks are not to be removed or altered in any way. No additional hooks may be installed.



Civilian clothing of any type (except for athletic apparel and approved items) is not authorized. All issued clothing, except socks and underwear, is stamped with a registration number and should be neatly stored in the individual’s locker. Individual washcloths and towels are also issued to inmates. A limited number of personal sweat shirts, sweat pants, and authorized footwear is permitted. Footwear will be stored under the bed.

Special Purchase Items

Special purchase items will be authorized only to the point where they can be contained in the storage area provided for personal property.

Legal Materials

Inmates are allowed to maintain legal materials and supplies (not to exceed a locally established volume limit) in their lockers or, with permission from their counselor, in the unit’s legal property storage area. (Counselor’s Office)

Hobby craft Materials

All hobby craft materials should be stored in the hobby craft area in recreation. At no time will hobby craft items be maintained in the housing units. All hobby craft items must be mailed out at inmate expense upon completion of each project.

Commissary Items

The total value of an inmate’s accumulated commissary items (including special purchases) will be limited to the monthly spending limitation.

Food Storage

Food items that are left open create a health hazard. These items must be properly sealed at all times. No containers are to be used to store items for other than their intended purpose. Once the contents of the container are used, the container is to be discarded. No food is permitted in any recreation/education areas or on any job site locations.

Letters, Books, Photographs, Newspapers, and Magazines

An inmate will be limited in the number of magazines and newspapers that can be stored in his room. Picture frames sold in the commissary may be displayed on the inmate’s desk. Nothing is to be tacked, stapled, or taped to any surface within the room.

Radios and Watches

An inmate may not own or possess more than one (1) approved radio and/or one (1) 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. Only Walkman-type radios are permitted. While an inmate is in holdover status he may not purchase, own, or possess a radio or watch. Inmates may not give any item to or receive any item from another inmate, i.e., radio, watCh, sneakers, and commissary items.


Inmates may have a plain wedding band (without stones) and, with prior approval, a religious medal (without stones).
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