There are limits on items and personal property that an inmate may retain due to security and sanitation reasons. Excess personal property is a fire hazard and it impairs staff’s searches of the living area.
Personal Hygiene Items
You will be issued a hygiene kit upon arrival at FCC Petersburg. The kit will contain the following items: 1) One toothbrush 2) One tube of toothpaste 3) Writing paper (10 sheets) 4) One pencil 5) One comb 6) Two safety razors 7) Two bars of soap 8] Envelopes (5)
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, razors and soap are issued by the institution. After the initial issue of the above hygiene items, the inmates will be given the opportunity to replenish these items through the commissary on their scheduled shopping day.
Personal Property Limits
Items which may be retained by an inmate are limited for sanitation, security, and safety reasons. This is done to ensure excess personal property is not accumulated which would constitute a fire hazard or impair staff searches of your living area.
Inmates’ personal property may be purchased through the Institution commissary. Any other personal property brought into the Institution must be authorized and approved by the Inmate Systems Department at the time of admission. The only exceptions are approved medical devices and release clothing. All personal property, including commissary items, will be stored in your locker.
Inmates at FCC Petersburg are authorized to possess one standard issue of the following Institution clothing.
An inmate’s property must be neatly and safely stored in the designated space. Inmates may not accumulate property to the point where it becomes a fire, sanitation, security, or housekeeping hazard. Inmates may purchase personal locks in the institution commissary.
Inmates may not possess any type of civilian clothing except athletic apparel. Inmates will store all clothing neatly in their individual lockers. The clothing room will issue individual clothing, work shoes, washcloths, and towels to inmates. All footwear will be stored under the bed.
Tennis Shoes: All inmate tennis shoes must be marked with the inmate’s register number inside the tongue or on the inside label. Staff will mark the shoes with a permanent marker. All unmarked shoes will be confiscated.
Special Purchase Item
Special purchase items may be authorized if it can be kept in the personal storage area provided, and it does not violate security.
Inmates may store their legal materials and supplies in their locker. Inmates may request additional storage space for legal material through their Counselor.
Hobby Craft Materials
Inmates will store all hobby shop raw materials in lockers provided in the hobby shop. Participants must purchase a combination lock from the Commissary to place on their art and hobby craft locker. Sharing of hobby craft materials or a locker with another inmate is prohibited. All projects must be disposed of within thirty days after completion. Art and hobby craft items will be mailed at your expense to immediate family members or approved visitors only. Sales of art or hobby craft items will be prohibited at the Institution. Inmates are not allowed to have completed projects in their rooms.
The total value of an inmate’s accumulated commissary items (excluding special purchase) will be limited to the monthly spending limitation. Special limits on various items may apply.
Exposed food items create a health hazard. Inmates must properly seal their food when not consumed. Empty jars may not be kept or used as drinking containers. Those empty jars are to be thrown away.
Sports and Musical Equipment: Athletic and music equipment is prohibited as personal property to be retained by the inmate. These items will be provided by and maintained in the Recreation Department. You may purchase playing cards through the commissary. All other table games and supplies will be available through the Recreation Department. Ordinarily, inmates may possess only one instrument at a time.
Letters, Books, Photographs, Newspapers, and Magazines
Inmates are limited in the number of magazines stored in the locker or shelf provided in each room. Inmates may have in their room/cubicle three newspapers (current), five magazines and ten books. Inmates must have written authorization from the Supervisor of Education to receive or possess a correspondence course. Upon completion of the course, the books and materials should be mailed out. If any books are kept, they will be counted as one of the allowable books. Picture frames sold in the commissary may be displayed on locker tops. However, no pictures or items may be tacked, stapled, or taped to any locker, door, window, or wall. Nude pictures may not be present for public view.
Radios and Watches
An inmate may not own or possess more than one (1) approved radio and/or watch at any one time. Proof of ownership, through appropriate property receipts, will be required. Radios with a tape recorder and/or tape player are not authorized. Radios and watches will be inscribed with the inmate’s name and 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, sneakers and commissary items.
Inmates may have a plain wedding band (without stones) and, with prior approval, a religious medal without stones. The declared value of the item must be less than $100.00.