FCI Phoenix Personal Property

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Refer to Program Statement 5580.06 and Institutional Supplement.


Special purchase items, such as hobby craft and sports equipment, will be very limited and authorized only to the point where they can be contained in the storage area provided for personal property.


Inmates will be allowed to maintain legal materials and supplies, not to exceed three cubic feet, in the locker or under the bed.


All Hobby Craft items will be retained in the Arts and Crafts area of the Education Department. You must dispose of completed hobby craft work within 30 days of completion. Inmates will mail hobby craft items at their expense. Lockers will be assigned for storage of hobby craft items and staff will assume no responsibility for items lost or damaged while in these lockers.


The total value of accumulated Commissary items (excluding special purchases) will be limited to the monthly spending limitation. An inmate may not have in his locker more than four cartons of cigarettes at any one time and not more than two packages on his person. Shaving and grooming items will be placed in the individual locker. Food items that are left open create a health hazard. These items will be properly sealed at all times. Empty jars will not be used as drinking containers and are to be thrown away.

Large radios are not allowed in the institution. The Walkman radio is the only type of radio permitted. Inmates who are transferred or committed to FCI Phoenix with large radios in their possession will have their radios mailed out of the institution.

Radios and watches will be inscribed with your name and registration number. No radios are permitted at any work assignments.


Unless an item or article inside the institution is issued by staff, purchased in the commissary, approved for receipt by a Department Head, or approved by institution regulation, will be considered contraband.

Inmates are responsible for the safekeeping of their personal property in quarters. The Bureau of Prisons will not assume liability for lost or stolen inmate property, when property is not in the custody of staff.


Any items or article of contraband that poses a threat to the security of an institution is generally never approved for possession or admission to the institution. The following items are examples of hard contraband, but the list is not all inclusive:

Guns, firearms, or weapons of any type (all single and double edged razor blades, to include altered shaving razors, will be considered weapons);
Ammunition or explosives;
Knives or tools not provided in accordance with Program Statement 5500.09, Correctional Services Manual;
Hazardous or poisonous chemicals or gases;
Narcotics or other controlled substances not dispensed or approved by the institution Medical Department;
Intoxicants, including, but not limited to, liquor or alcoholic beverages;
Postage stamps in excess of authorized limit;


Any items in excess of authorized quantities and/or no longer authorized for retention are considered nuisance contraband. The following items are examples of hard contraband, but the list is not all inclusive:

Excess newspapers, letters, magazines;
Glass containers will not be authorized in the institution. If brought from another federal institution, inmates may either destroy the item or mail it out of the institution at their expense.


Any item or article in the institution which has been identified as contraband will be seized when found within the physical possession of an inmate, in an inmate’s living quarters, or in common areas of the institution. Items or property seized as contraband will be disposed of in accordance with the following procedures.

Government Property: Items of Government property seized will be returned to the issuing authority within the institution.
Personal Property: Items of personal property seized will be turned over to the Chief Correctional Supervisor for inventory and storage, pending identification of the true owner. When disciplinary action is appropriate, disposition of the property will be delayed until the action is complete.
Hard Contraband: Items of hard contraband seized will be turned over to the Chief Correctional Supervisor and retained until such time as necessary for disciplinary action and/or prosecution.
Stamps, or Negotiable Instruments: Any stamps or negotiable instruments found in an inmate’s possession shall be delivered to the Cashier until appropriate disposition is made.
Nuisance Contraband: Any item seized that is classified as nuisance contraband shall be sent home at the inmate’s expense or destroyed.

All property that is confiscated from an inmate, regardless of the type of property, the inmate will receive a copy of the seized contraband receipt.

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