USP Coleman I Personal Property

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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. 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 hazards.


Civilian clothing of any type is not authorized in this institution. All clothing except socks will be stamped with a bin number and neatly stored in the individual locker. A limited number of personal sweatshirts and sweat pants may be permitted. Individual washcloths and towels are issued to inmates. Footwear is limited to a total of 5 pair of shoes. Authorized footwear may include: one (1) pair of safety shoes, one (1) pair of shower slippers, one (1) pair of slippers, one (1) pair of tennis shoes (maximum), and one (1) pair of visiting shoes.

Special Purchase Items

Special purchase items will be authorized only to the point where they can be contained in the inmates individual locker.

Legal Materials

Inmates are allowed to maintain legal materials and supplies, not to exceed what can be stored in their locker. Legal lockers are available in the units to store an excess of legal material needed for a current, active case.

Hobby Craft Materials

Inmates are permitted to have a reasonable amount of knitting and drawing supplies in their assigned cells. All hobby craft items must be stored in the inmates locker. Completed hobby craft work must be mailed 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 left open create a health hazard. All food items must be properly sealed at all times and stored in the inmates locker.

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 each room. Nothing is to be tacked, stapled, or taped to any surface in an inmates assigned cell.

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, is 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.


Inmates may have a plain wedding band without stones and an approved religious medal.
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