USP Lee Personal Property

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Personal Property Limits

Items which may be retained by an inmate are limited for sanitation and security reasons to ensure that excess personal property does not pose a fire hazard or impair staff searches. The list is not all-inclusive, but it is a guide to the kind of items an inmate may be authorized. The list will be found on the unit bulletin board.

Storage Space

Storage space consists of an individual locker. Locks may be purchased in the institution commissary. 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 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) is not authorized. A limited number of personal sweatshirts (purchased in BOP commissaries) may be permitted. Individual wash cloths and towels are issued to inmates. Authorized footwear might include: one pair of composite safety shoes, one pair of shower shoes, one pair of slippers, and two pairs of tennis shoes. All footwear will be placed under the bed.

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 a locally established limit) in their locker. If an inmate has current legal material that exceeds the allowable limit, he can ask the Unit Manager for more storage.

Hobby Craft Materials

Hobby shop raw materials will be stored in Recreation. Disposal of completed hobby craft work must be arranged immediately after completion.

Commissary Spending Limits

Each inmate will be allowed to spend $145 bi-weekly. A validation of $145.00 will be available on the 1st and 15th of each month. All items will come off limits including Special Purchase Orders (SPO’s), with the exception of kosher meals, stamps, over-the-counter medications, and copy cards.

Food Storage

Food items that are left open create a health hazard. These items must be properly sealed at all times. Empty jars may not be used as drinking containers and are to be thrown away.

Letters, Books, Photographs, Newspapers, and Magazines

An inmate will be limited in the number of magazines that can be stored in the locker or shelf provided in each cell/cubicle. Ordinarily, picture frames sold in the Commissary may be displayed. Nothing is to be tacked, stapled, or taped on any surface.

Sports and Musical Equipment

A limited amount of sports equipment may be maintained in the unit. Refer to Institution Supplement on Inmate Personal Property. Sports and recreation equipment will be available for inmate use in the Recreation Department.

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 which exceeds the locally established limits, usually in the $100.00 range. Radios with a tape recorder and/or tape player are not authorized. Radios and watches will be inscribed with the inmate’s name and registration number. Only walkman-type radios are permitted and headphones are required at all times. While an inmate is in holdover status he may not purchase, own, or possess a radio or watch. Inmates may not give any item of value to other inmates, i.e., radio, watch, shoes, or commissary items.


Inmates may have a plain wedding band without stones and, with prior approval, a religious medal without stones. The value of jewelry will not exceed $100.00.
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