District of Oregon
Prisoners in USMS custody may retain the following types of personal
while detained in a contract detention facility or a federal
- Legal papers or materials.
These materials should be relevant to the current or draft court
- Religious medals. One
medal may be retained only if it is of a size and weight which poses
no threat as a potential weapon or escape device.
- Eye glasses or contact lenses, with
- Prescribed medicine and health
items. (Will be provided by the Bureau of Prisons Medical
- Up to fifty dollars in U.S.
currency. (Placed in a commissary account by family
member/friends after defendant is processed into the federal/state
and county facility)
- Wedding band. Rings
with stones are not authorized. No rings other than a plain
wedding band are permitted.
- One set of court clothing will be
allowed. Court clothes will be brought to the United States
Marshals Office, 4th floor, at least one hour prior to scheduled
trial proceedings. No civilian clothes are authorized for any
other court procedures. No metal tie clips or any other
jewelry will be permitted.
- Family members or assigned attorney
is responsible to pickup all clothes after the trial. Excess
prisoner property will be disposed of in accordance with Marshal
At the time of processing, any property that is unallowable will be
away from the prisoner. Unallowed property taken from a prisoner that is
illegal or could be dangerous will be documented and reported to the
Marshal (USM). Unallowable prisoner property should be given to
agents for disposal.
Excess Prisoner Personal Property
- Prisoner Property Disposal:
Any of the following methods will be used to dispose of unallowable
- Mail by certified mail or transfer,
with a written receipt to next of kin, the prisoner's attorney, or
another individual designated by the prisoner.
- Mail by certified mail or transfer
the property to a storage company to be stored at the prisoner's
expense. Arrangements for storage of property will be made by
the prisoner or his or her attorney directly with a storage company.
- Obtain written authorization from
the prisoner to donate the property to a charitable organization of
the USM's choice or destroy the property (throw it away). If
the prisoner does not authorize the donation of property, it will be
considered abandoned after 30 days and will be destroyed or donated
by the USM.
- Prisoners will complete mailing
labels for property that they desire to have mailed at the time of
processing. The property should be placed in suitable mailing
containers, provided by the USMS, and sealed by the prisoner.
- Prisoner Property Inventory:
District offices will prepare a notice to all prisoners and give it
to them during processing. It should state the following:
UNITED STATES MARSHALS
SERVICE PERSONAL PROPERTY
Persons remanded to U.S. Marshal
Service custody are not allowed to
retain excess personal property beyond that which has been described
you during processing. You have been given an opportunity to have
excess property transferred to your attorney or a relative, shipped
home address, etc. Any excess property which is not disposed of
30 days will be considered abandoned and will be destroyed or
disposed of by the U.S. Marshals Service