Family Guide - Allowable Items

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Items listed below may be received through the Package Room by offenders in most facilities, subject to the following restrictions and qualifications:


FOOD ITEMS

General restrictions:

Contents

Packaging
Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Beverages/Liquid Including concentrates, must be in cans, pouches or boxes only; max. size 32 oz. each.
Beverages/Mixes Dry, maximum size 32 ounces each.
Bread Dry, maximum size 32 ounces each.
Canned food Max. size 16 oz. each; products must not require cooking (as designated on the manufacturer's label); microwaveable containers are allowed.
Candy  
Cheese Sliced or chunk.
Coffee  
Dried coffee cream 16 oz. maximum.
Fruit No dried.
Meats Must be ready to eat (i.e., pre-cooked, cured, smoked, cold-cuts).
Nuts Without shells.
Pastry  
Raisins Maximum 2 oz. per food package.
Seafood Cooked, cured or smoked only; no shells.
Snacks potato chips, pretzels, cheese twists, crackers, cookies, and other similar items (or combinations of approved food items, except for those combinations/mixes containing raisins).
Tea Herbal and flavored tea allowed; no loose tea; no tea labeled as being for any treatment or cure, "for medicinal purposes" or "as a dietary supplement," etc. is allowed.
Vegetables fresh, that do not require cooking (except in facilities that permit cooking).

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FOOD UTENSILS

General restrictions:

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Bowls 2 quart max.
Can opener Manual only; short handle
Cups No larger than 16 oz.
Drinking containers No larger than 16 oz.
Saucers  
Food storage containers 2 quart max.
Spoons Pliable only
Forks/"sporks" Pliable only
Plates 2 qt. max; molded plastic only
Thermos bottle  

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TOBACCO PRODUCTS

General restrictions:

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Cigarettes Max. 2 cartons per month
Cigarette roller Limit 1; plastic only
Cigarette papers  
Cigars Max. 50 per month
Pipes & pipe cleaners  
Tobacco, chewing Max. 24 oz. per month
Tobacco, loose Max. 12 oz. per month
Snuff Max. 24 oz. per month

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RECREATIONAL SUPPLIES

General restrictions:

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Athletic Gloves Baseball (mitt), handball or bag; no metal inserts; no boxing-type; max. value $50
Checkerboards and checkers Folding cardboard board or vinyl; plastic or wood pieces; max. value $50
Chess sets Folding cardboard board or vinyl; plastic or wood pieces; max. value $50
Dominos Plastic or wood pieces; max. value $50
Handballs In original sealed container only
Jigsaw puzzles In original sealed container only
Playing cards In original sealed container only
Tennis balls In original sealed container only

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TOILET ARTICLES / COSMETICS

General restrictions:

Individual items
(All Facilities)
Specific restrictions and conditions
Fro pick plastic
Aftershave lotion  
Baby oil  
Caustic sticks / styptic pencils  
Comb plastic; max. length 6"; no handle
Cream rinse / conditioner  
Denture adhesive  
Denture cleanser tablets only
Denture cup plastic; transparent only
Deodorant stick-type only
Emery boards non-metal
Fingernail clipper 2 ½" max.; no file
Hair brush plastic; no removable handle or compartment
Hair dressing non-medicated; incl. cream.
Hairnet  
Hand/face cream or lotion  
Mirror 8" x 10" max. size; plastic only
Mouthwash  
Shampoo  
Shaving items - brush, cream, cup, soap  
Soap standard size bar; no soap-on-a-rope
Soap dish plastic
Stick cologne  
Toenail clipper 3 ½" max.; no file
Toothbrush non-electric
Tweezers  

Individual items
(Female Facilities only)
Specific restrictions and conditions
Facial makeup eye makeup, face powder, lipstick, rouge, etc.
Hair fasteners barrettes, bobby pins, hair (bands, rollers, rubber bands), no stones
Hair spray non-aerosol
Perfume/cologne non-aerosol; 3 oz. max. per month

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CLOTHING

General restrictions (all clothing items):

No quilted clothing or snorkel-type hoods, except where indicated. No leather. No mesh materials. No spandex-type material. No denim. No removable linings.

Colors:

Except as indicated below, blue, black, gray or orange colors are not permitted. Any shades of colors such as melon, peach, aqua, etc. that are not readily distinguishable from blue, black, gray or orange are not permitted. Solid colors only, except where indicated.

Value:

Except as indicated, no item may exceed $50 in value.

Footwear:

No hollow or platform heels or soles. No camouflage design. No metal shanks/ supports or toes. No pointed toes, spiked heels, pockets, compartments, clog-type or pump (air-inflation) footwear. No metal/stone or clip-on decorations. Max. height of heels: males 2"; females 3". Measure boot height from bottom of heel. Size must be within 1 size of that being worn by offender.

Individual items Color Additional restrictions and conditions
Baseball/soccer shoes Any but blue non-removable rubber cleats only, 3/8" max.
Boots Any but blue total height 8"
Rubber galoshes, overshoes Any color total height 10"
Sandals Any but blue must be secure to the foot (i.e. use ankle strap)
Shoes Any but blue  
Shower shoes Any color  
Slippers Any but blue  
Sneakers Any color combination but blue  

Outerwear:

Natural fabrics only (e.g. cotton, wool).

Individual items Color Additional restrictions and conditions
Earmuffs   plastic band (no metal)
Gloves/mittens black permitted wrist length
Jacket solid green only (including lining) 3/4 max. length; military-style field jackets are allowed but short-waisted Ike-style jackets are not allowed; no hood; no patches, insignia or decals. None labeled "chemical protective."
Rain hat clear transparent plastic  
Rain jacket/ poncho clear transparent plastic hood permitted; max. value $20
Scarves    
Winter knit watch cap black permitted  

Male Offenders Only:

Individual items Color Additional restrictions and conditions
T-shirts    
Briefs, boxer solid colors only (except for the waistband)  
Thermal underwear solid colors only (except for the waistband)  

Sportswear:

Individual items Color Additional restrictions and conditions
Athletic supporter   no metal or plastic cups; males only
Baseball caps   no logos, no military style
Shorts   gym or bermuda style; not to extend below the knee or higher than mid-thigh; no cargo style pockets; no form-fitting or spandex type; no denim; no logos or lettering
Sweatshirts, sweatpants   cloth only; hoods permitted; may have a multiple or solid vertical stripe down leg or arm only not to exceed 2" in width; no logos; no zippers; no cargo style pockets

Miscellaneous:

Individual items Color Additional restrictions and conditions
Shirts/sweaters solid colors inside and out includes turtleneck, mock turtleneck, and polo styles; manufacturer's logo (e.g. fox, alligator, etc.), not to exceed 2" x 2" permitted
Bathrobe    
Belts   non-elastic; less than 1½" wide, with buckle (max. 1½"x1½")
Bow ties black permitted cloth only; clip-on style only
Handkerchiefs white only  
Neckties   cloth only; clip-on style only
Pajamas   No pockets
Socks black permitted    

Female Offenders Only:

Individual items Color Additional restrictions and conditions
Blouses   no see-through, midriff or short-cut
Boots no blue total height 18"
Nightgowns   no see-through
Shawls   1 yard square max. size (incl. fringe)
Shoes no blue  
Stockings / panty hose   stocking or hose requiring garter belts are not allowed
Bras   no metal underwire
Panties   no thong style, crotchless, front opening or see-through or lace trim
Slips white only full and half
Girdle    
Thermal underwear solid colors only (except for the waistband)  
T-shirts   crew or v-neck only
Pajamas   no see-through; no front opening bottoms

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EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES

Office Materials:

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Mini-calculator hand-held only; $30 max. value
Carbon paper  
Clip board 9" x 15" max.; no metal components
Composition/Notebooks no metal components
Crayons  
Dictionaries non-electronic
Drafting pens no sharp points; no internal or refillable ink reservoirs
Erasers  
File folders no metal components
Masking tape 1" maximum width
Paper writing or drawing; no envelopes
Pens ball point (non-retractable-style) or felt tip only - no fluorescent type
Pencils standard wooden type only
Pencil sharpener manual (hand-held); non-removable blade
Rulers 12" maximum; non-metal
Transparent tape 1" maximum width

Audio Equipment:

Except as indicated, may only be received directly from manufacturer or established dealer. See Directive #4920 for specifics. Not to be altered in any way to meet specifications (except that an external antenna must be removed by the manufacturer or vendor). No detachable components. An Offender may possess and use only 1 audio unit (excluding TV).

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Cassette Tapes Commercially made; sealed in cellophane or similar material; no screws; received directly from a distributor, retailer, or manufacturer only. Subject to Media Review. Religious tapes may be received from a bona fide religious organization. These tapes must be in clear packaging and be reviewed by the Chaplain's office or Media Review.
Cassette type cleaner automatic demagnetizer  
Headphone Radio local permit only; maximum value - $50.00.
Headphones (earphones) local permit only; maximum value - $50.00.
Radio local permit only; maximum value - $150.00; clear (see-through) case only; no larger than 8 inches x 14 inches.
Radio / Tape player Combination local permit only; maximum value - $150.00; clear (see-through) case only; no larger than 8 inches x 14 inches; no microphone, talk switch, or recording device.
Tape Player local permit only; maximum value - $150.00; clear (see-through) case only; no larger than 8 inches x 14 inches; no microphone, talk switch, or recording device.

Printed Materials:

Paper only (no laminates). All material subject to Directive #4572  139 KB , "Media Review Guidelines." Newspapers may only be received from the publisher or an approved distributor via the correspondence unit.

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Books, magazines and periodicals may be delayed through the Package Room up to 6 days for close security inspection if received from other than publisher or approved distributor
Calendar max. size 18"x14" when opened; no metal components
Greeting cards with matching envelopes maximum size 18" x 14" when opened; maximum of 50 per month; no electronic cards.
Posters maximum size 18" x 14"; no metal components.

Typewriters / Supplies:

Typewriter - 1 only; max. value - $350 w/case (if case is purchased, it must be a hard case); the typewriter body must be made of clear, see-through material. Sources: Items listed below may only be received directly from an approved commercial source. New only.

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Portable Typewriter manual or electric; local permit only; no discs or permanent storage memory exceeding 7K, except for "correction memory" and internal spell-check and/or dictionary; no memory upgrade or internal or external ports usable for data transfer. The Department assumes no liability for information lost due to searches, power surges, or outages, etc.
Electric adapter or converter local permit only.
Typewriter correction paper  
Correction ribbon replacement only.
Typewriter print wheel one only, on an exchange basis.
Typewriter ribbons maximum of six.

Musical Instrument:

Local permit only; 1 only; max. value - $200 w/case; a non-electronic musical instrument, new or used, may be received from home - otherwise it may only be received directly from an approved commercial source. An electronic musical instrument, if permitted, must be new, may only be purchased from and received directly from an approved commercial source, and may not have voice recording capability, a microphone or any disc or other removable storage device.

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ART & HOBBY SUPPLIES

A list of articles approved by an employee designated by the Superintendent must be submitted to the Package Room before they may be received by an Offender.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Appliances:

For in-cell use only.

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Beard trimmer local permit only; electric, cord or cordless or battery; no attachments max. 1" blade
Coffee pot local permit only; non-electric; 9 cup maximum.
Curling iron females only; local permit only; UL approved.
Hair dryer/blow dryer local permit only; UL approved.
Shaver/electric razor local permit only; electric, cord or cordless or battery.

General:

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Extension cord 9 foot maximum; UL approved; 1 only.
Key ring  
Magnifying glass plastic; no handle; 2" x 3" or 3" diameter maximum.
Matches book only.
Needles sewing; 2 inches maximum size.
Pins safety 2 inches maximum.
Rug solid color only - no blue, black, orange or gray; max. size 3 feet x 5 feet; not braided; label must indicate "fire retardant"; 1 only (does not include prayer rug).
Saddle soap  
Shoelaces no leather.
Sponges  
Sunglasses w/case standard size; non-reflector; maximum value $25 per pair (2 pair only).
Thread no blue, black, orange or gray.
Tissues eyeglass and facial.

Linens:

Colors: No blue, black, orange, gray, green or white permitted. Solid color only

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Sheets twin size only; 2 sets only per Offender
Blanket twin size only; 1 only per Offender; label must indicate "fire retardant"
Pillow cases standard size; 2 only per Offender
Towels standard size bath towel (3 feet x 5 feet maximum)
Washcloths  

Jewelry, etc.:

No stones; no protrusions

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Wrist Watch / watchband time-day-date-audible alarm only permitted; 1 only; maximum combined value - $50
Watch battery subject to exchange on one-for-one basis
Wedding band maximum value - $150; verified married person only

Jewelry - Females Only:

Maximum combined value of female-only items - $150. No stones.

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Bracelets wrist or ankle; limit 2; no charms.
Earrings pierced or clip; limit 3 pairs; 1 inch maximum size
Necklaces limit 2; maximum length 18 inches.
Rings other than wedding; limit 2; no protrusions

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RELIGIOUS ARTICLES

General restrictions and conditions:

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Fez a brimless, cone-shaped, flat-crowned hat; usually has a tassel; usually made of red felt; male only.
Kufi a hemispheric head cap that can be made of cloth, knitted, or crocheted; may have a peak on top; must fit close to the head; no protrusions (visor, tassels, etc.); male only; may be multi-colored.
Yarmulke a close-fitting skull cap that can be made of cloth, knitted, or crocheted; may be multi-colored.
Tsalot-kob a hemispheric head cap that can be made of cloth, knitted, or crocheted; may have a peak on top; may be multi-colored; approximately 12 inches at longest point; must fit close to the head; male only.
Keski/Dastaar a cloth turban head cover; 30 inches x 36 inches maximum; solid black, blue, gray, or orange not permitted; may be multi-colored; limit 2.
Khimar a cloth head item; female only; 4 feet x 4 feet maximum; solid black, blue, gray, or orange not permitted; may be multicolored.
Talit Katan fringed underwear.
Tefillin phylacteries (small square leather prayer boxes with long leather ties).
Talit (prayer shawl) maximum size: 66 inches x 66 inches; solid black, blue, gray or orange not permitted; may be multi-colored.
Guthra (prayer shawl) 1 yard square; solid black, blue, gray or orange not permitted; may be multi-colored.
Prayer robe solid black, blue, gray or orange not permitted; may be multi-colored.
Prayer beads Rosary; Dhikr; black only; other beads, see Directive #4202  312 KB
Prayer rug one only; may be possessed in addition to rug permitted under miscellaneous; 3' x 5' maximum; solid blue, black, gray, or orange not permitted; may be multi-colored.
Religious books (Bible, Koran, etc.) subject to the restrictions on printed materials
Religious pendant with chain or fabric cord attached. max. value - $50.00; no stones; maximum two inches diameter; e.g. medal, crucifix, cross, pentacles, Thor's hammers, Star of David, chains, crescent with stars and/or moons, scapular.
Tsalot Shasha Acloth scarf-type head covering; female only; two feet by five feet maximum; solid blue, black, gray or orange is not permitted; limit 2

Native American Items:

Individual items Specific restrictions and conditions
Native American rosette and cord beaded pendant; attached to a leather or fabric cord.
Native American personal smoking pipe not to exceed six inches in length.
Native American ashtray or shell for smudging; less than three inches in diameter.
Native American medicine bag may include sacred herbs and items needed for Native American ceremonies under the procedures set forth in Directive #4202  312 KB

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