FCI Schuylkill Personal Property

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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 living area.

For a complete list of authorized personal property for retention, refer to the current Program Statement and Institution Supplement relating to Inmate Personal Property. Items purchased through the Commissary for institutional use only will be noted as such.

Storage Space

Storage space consists of an individual locker. Locks may be purchased in the Commissary. The amount of personal property allowed is limited to those items which can be neatly and safely placed in the space designated. Under no circumstances 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 purchased in the Commissary) is not authorized. A limited number of personal sweatshirts and sweat pants may be permitted. Hooded sweat shirts are unauthorized and will be confiscated. Individual wash cloths and towels are issued to inmates. Authorized footwear includes: one pair of safety-toed shoes, one pair of shower slippers and two pair of leisure shoes, to include tennis shoes. Footwear will be arranged neatly under the bed. AT NO TIME WILL PERSONAL/INSTITUTIONAL CLOTHING BE ALTERED IN ANY WAY, OR HAVE HAND DRAWN PICTURES OR WRITING PLACED UPON THEM.

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 in their locker. Each inmate is allowed a reasonable amount of legal materials, to be placed in a box under their bed, not to constitute a fire hazard. This box is to contain legal materials only and it is to be for current litigation only.

Hobby Craft Materials

Art, crocheting items, and bead work are the only hobby craft materials permitted in the housing unit. Additional storage space for these and other materials may be obtained through the Recreation Supervisor within the Art/Hobby Shop.

Disposal of completed art and hobby craft projects must be done no more than 30 days after completion. All items will be mailed out of the institution through the Recreation Department. Inmates participating in the Arts and Hobby Craft Program are not authorized to make projects for other inmates. Participants may purchase up to a maximum of $300.00 per quarter in materials.

Commissary Items

The total value of an inmate’s accumulated Commissary items (excluding special purchases) will be a maximum of a two-week purchase limit of available products.

Food Storage

Food items which are left open create a health hazard. These items must be properly sealed in the original container and stored in the lockers. Empty containers may not be used as drinking containers, and they are to be thrown away after the original content is diminished. These containers may not be used to store chemicals.

Letters, Books, Photographs, Newspapers, and Magazines

An inmate will be limited to 25 letters, 5 Books, 25 loose photographs, 6 Magazines, and 3 Newspapers, which can be stored in the locker provided in each cell. Picture frames sold in the Commissary may be displayed. Nothing is to be tacked, stapled, or taped to any surface except the bulletin board. Polaroid photographs are not authorized. Homemade picture frames are not authorized as they are considered a fire hazard and contraband. Magazine pictures may not be cut out and placed on the bulletin board, taped inside/outside of the inmate locker or on any walls/windows. NAKED OR PROVOCATIVE PHOTOS, CALENDARS,

Sports Equipment

Sports equipment which may be maintained in the unit is limited to: one pair of weight training gloves, one pair of handball gloves, two headbands, one mouth piece, two athletic supporters, four racquetballs, one softball glove, one weight training belt and one pair of knee wraps. All sports equipment must be stored in the locker when not in use. Note: Weight belts are not authorized to be worn anywhere but in the Recreation Department. Weight belts will not be worn on the compound or in the Dining Hall. They must be hand carried to Recreation. Homemade weight gloves, ropes, holders, etc… are not authorized.

Radios and Watches

An inmate may not own or possess more than one (1) approved radio and/or watch at any time. Proof of ownership, through appropriate property receipts, will be required. Radios and watches may not have a value exceeding $100.00. Radios with a tape recorder and/or tape player are not authorized. Radios and watches will be inscribed with the inmate’s register number at time of purchase. Only walkmantype radios are permitted and headphones are required for use. Inmates may not give any item of value to another inmate, i.e., radio, watch, sneakers or other Commissary items. Note: Inmates are not permitted to alter their radio or headphones in any manner. Homemade battery packs on radios are not authorized.


Inmates may have a plain wedding band and a religious medal with chain. These items cannot contain stones (real or imitation) and may not have a value over $100.00. Outside purchases of a wedding band or religious medal require proper authorization through Religious Services.
Homemade jewelry (i.e., necklaces, bracelets, etc.) are not authorized items and are considered contraband.
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