This facility operates a Law Library and a Leisure Library. The Law Library includes a complete selection of legal reference books which contain an extensive range of information on federal legislative and case law. It also includes the Federal Prison System Policy Statements. Manual and electric typewriters are available in the Library Research Center for inmate legal work. Inmates provide the material to utilize the electric typewriters.
USP Allenwood permits inmates to subscribe to and receive publications without prior approval.
The term “publication” means a book, booklet, pamphlet, or similar document, or a single issue of a magazine, periodical, newsletter, newspaper, plus such other materials addressed to a specific inmate, such as advertising brochures, flyers, and catalogs.
An inmate may receive hardcover publications and newspapers only from the publisher, from a book club, or from a bookstore.
An inmate may receive soft cover publications (for example, paperback books, newspaper
clippings, magazines and other similar items) only from the publisher, from a book club, or from
a bookstore. Due to sanitation and fire safety reasons, accumulation of publications will be
limited to five (5).
The Warden may reject a publication if it is determined to be detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or if it might facilitate criminal activity. Publications which may be rejected by the Warden include, but are not limited to:
-It depicts or describes procedures for the construction or use of weapons, ammunition,
bombs or incendiary devices.
- It depicts, encourages, or describes methods of escape from correctional facilities, or
contains blueprints, drawings or similar descriptions of Bureau of Prisons institutions.
- It depicts or describes procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages, or the
manufacture of drugs.
- It is written in code.
- It depicts, describes or encourages activities which may lead to the use of physical
violence or group disruption.
- It encourages or instructs in the commission of criminal activity.
- It is sexually explicit material which by its nature or content poses a threat to the
security, good order, or discipline of the institution, or facilitates criminal activity.