Personal Property Limits
Items which may be retained by an inmate are limited for sanitation and security reasons. Excess personal property should not be accumulated as it would constitute a fire hazard or impair staff searches of the living area.
Storage Space: Storage space in living units consists of an individual locker. Locks may be
purchased in the institution commissary. Limited space may also be available under the bed for shoes and an approved musical instrument. The amount of personal property allowed each inmate is limited to those items which can be neatly and safely placed in the space designated. Under no circumstance will any materials be accumulated to the point where they become fire, sanitation, security, or housekeeping hazard.
Bulletin Boards: Items placed on bulletin boards must fit within the frame work of the board and shall consist of tasteful items such as family photos, educational items etc. Items such as nude photographs, persons in scantily clad attire, gang photos, etc., are prohibited and will be confiscated.
Clothing: Inmates may only possess personal clothing that is white or gray in color or
government-issued clothing items. The commissary will only sell gray and white clothing. Any clothing styles, pieces of cloth, types or markings which may identify an organization, gang or ethnic group are not permissible. Personal clothing is not to be personalized or altered with the exception of the following: The inmate’s last name, first name, initials, and/or register number and laundry bin number may be placed on the clothing for identification purposes and will be stored neatly in the individual locker. All prohibited colored clothing, as specified in the governing Program Statement, will be considered contraband. A limited number of personal sweatshirts and sweat pants may be permitted. Individual washcloth and towels are issued to inmates.
Representative authorized footwear may include: one (1) pair of steel-toed safety shoes, one (1) pair of slippers, one (1) pair of shower shoes, and two (2) pair of tennis shoes.
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 what can be stored in their locker.
Hobbycraft Materials: Approved hobbycraft materials are limited to those which can be stored in the inmate’s locker, provided they do not pose a safety, sanitation, or security hazard.
Completed hobbycraft work must be mailed immediately after completion.
Commissary Items: The total value of an inmate’s accumulated Commissary items (excluding special purchases) will normally be limited to the monthly spending limitation and no more than can be stored appropriately in the space designated.
Food Storage: Food items that are left open create a health hazard. These items must be
properly sealed at all times. Empty containers will be disposed of and are not to be used for other storage.
Letters, Books, Photographs, Newspapers, and Magazines: An inmate will be limited in the
number of books, newspapers and magazines that can be stored in the locker provided in
Sports and Musical Equipment: A limited amount of approved sports equipment may be
maintained in the locker. Only one musical instrument, not to exceed a reasonable dollar value, may be authorized to be stored in living quarters by the Unit Manager. Storage will be in the locker or under the bed and play hours will be limited in consideration of other inmates.
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 and unaltered etchings, will be required. Radios and watches may not have value exceeding the established limits. Radios with a tape recorder and/or tape player are not authorized. Radios and watches will be inscribed with the inmate’s register number.
Only walkman-type radios are permitted and headphones are required at all times. Inmates may not give any items of value to another inmate i.e., radio, watch, sneakers or Commissary items.
Jewelry: Inmates may have a plain wedding band without stones and an approved religious medal.
Quarter Rules: Unit Officers and Correctional Counselors inspect rooms daily and publish
individual ratings of appearance.
Typical rules would include items such as:
Pictures can be posted on the bulletin boards provided for this purpose. Nude pictures, persons in scantily clad attire, gang photos, etc., on display will be confiscated. No items are to be taped or posted on the walls.
If the room is not acceptable, corrective action including incident reports can be expected.
Unit meal rotation is based on a weekly rotation.
When inmates are not present in their room, the door will be closed.
Doors and Windows will not be covered by inmates.
Each inmate is responsible for the cleaning and sanitation of his room. Additionally, inmates are assigned cleaning tasks in the unit during off hours.
Orderlies ordinarily work 35 hours per week and are responsible for the unit sanitation. However, everyone is responsible to clean up after themselves. Trash and wastebaskets are to be emptied prior to 7:30 a.m. each day.
Beds will be made each weekday by 7:30 a.m. On weekends, beds will be made whenever inmates are awake or gone from the room. At no time will a mattress be removed from a bunk and placed on the floor.
Showers are available every day, normally between 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m., but inmates may not be in the shower during an official count.
Inter-unit visitation is not allowed. Inter-room visitation is allowed in the units with the door open.
Four (4) inmates, including the cell occupant(s), are allowed in a room except during counts.
Removal of food from the dining room is not permitted.