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U.S. Marshals Service

Southern District of Iowa

Prisoner Property    


Federal institutions and contract jails set strict limitations regarding the type and amount of personal property a prisoner may have while incarcerated. The Southern District of Iowa has developed its Prisoner Property Policy (PPP) to help ensure that all district personnel handle each prisoner’s property consistently and in compliance with U.S. Marshals policy. Upon receipt into U.S. Marshals custody, each prisoner is advised, in writing, of what prisoner property will, and will not, be accepted.


Prisoners in U.S. Marshals custody may retain the following types of personal property while detained in the Southern District of Iowa:

1.  Eye glasses or contact lenses, with case.

2.  Prescription medication and health items.

3.  Up to fifty dollars ($50.00) in U.S. Currency; checks from facilities in any amount.

4.  Wedding band – plain wedding bands only; rings with stones are not authorized.

5.  Legal papers – concerning your current case only.

6.  One set of court clothing.


Un-sentenced prisoners are authorized to retain only above items 1 - 6 while detained in the Southern District of Iowa.  Any property in excess of these items will not be accepted from prisoners, contract jail facilities, or state or federal agents committing prisoners to U.S. Marshals custody.


Sentenced prisoners awaiting designation and transportation to a federal prison are authorized to retain only above items 1 - 4.  No other items will be transported with the prisoner.  It is the prisoner's responsibility to make arrangements for any additional property to picked up at the contract jail facility.  The U.S. Marshals Service will not ship prisoner property.


Prisoners should not accumulate any other personal property while in U.S. Marshals custody.  Any personal property in excess of the above items are not the responsibility of the U.S. Marshals and will not be transported with or shipped on behalf of the prisoner. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice