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Inmate Personal Property

Inmates housed in Department of Corrections (DOC) prison and work release facilities are provided with food, clothing, housing and medical care. They are also allowed to have some personal property beyond what is issued by the Department. Inmates may only obtain personal property through:

  • The commissary
  • Department approved vendors
  • Education or religious programs
  • Non-profit organizations as approved by the Superintendent/designee
  • Hobby craft items made by an inmate and authorized for retention
  • Having items sent to them from a friend or family member

Inmates are not allowed to trade, sell, buy, barter, loan or give away any personal property to another inmate or staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of personal property items can inmates have?

Personal property items are restricted by DOC Policy 440.000 Personal Property for OffendersAdobe PDF document file. The following matrixes identify the type, value*, and amount of personal property authorized for inmate retention at the different housing security levels. Exceptions require Assistant Secretary of Prisons approval.

*The value of personal property retained by inmates will not exceed the dollar amounts identified on the matrixes.

All personal property retained by an inmate must be itemized and recorded on their property record. Inmates who have personal property that does not belong to them or that has not been recorded on their property record could be written an infraction.

What happens to an inmate's personal property if they move to a different facility?

When an inmate transfers to another facility, or is assigned to a different security level, the inmate‘s property will be moved with them as long as it meets the guidelines of the new custody setting.

If an inmate is transferred to a segregation or medical unit, their personal property will be stored for them.

See DOC Policy 440.020 Transport of Offender PropertyAdobe PDF document file for more detailed information.

What happens unauthorized personal property, or items inmates don't want anymore?

Inmates are allowed to dispose of their excess or unauthorized personal property by shipping it out of the facility at their own expense. If an inmate does not make a decision on what to do with unauthorized property within 90 days, or they are unable or unwilling to pay for shipping, the items will be donated to a charity or will be destroyed.

What happens to an inmate's personal property when they are no longer incarcerated?

When an inmate is no longer incarcerated at a prison or work release facility, they are expected to take all of their personal property with them. If they do not, the items will be donated to charity or destroyed.

Can inmates have personal property at a work release facility?

Personal property items for work release inmates is restricted by DOC Policy 440.010 Personal Property for Work Release OffendersAdobe PDF document file. The following matrixes identify the type, value*, and amount of personal property authorized for inmate retention at the different housing security levels. Exceptions require Assistant Secretary of Prisons approval.

*The value of personal property retained by inmates will not exceed the dollar amounts identified on the matrixes.