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U.S. Marshals Service

Prisoner Property   

Allowable Property  

Prisoners in USMS custody may retain the following types of Property while detained in a contract detention facility or a Federal institution:

1.  Legal papers or materials. These materials should be relevant to the current or draft court proceedings.

2.  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.

3.   Eye glasses or contact lenses, with case.

4.  Prescribed medicine and health items. (Will be provided by the contract jail facility.

5.  Up to fifty dollars in U.S. currenty. (Placed in commissary account by family member/friends after defendant is processed into the federal/state and county facility).

6.  Wedding band. Rings with stones are not authorized. No rings other than a plain wedding band are permitted.

Court Clothing

1.  One set of court clothing will be allowed. Court clothes will be brought to the United States Marshals Office at least one hour prior to scheduled trial or sentencing proceedings. No civilian clothes are authorized for any other court procedures. No metal tie clips or any other jewelry will be permitted.

2.  Family members or assigned attorneys are responsible to pickup all clothes after the court hearing. Excess prisoner property will be disposed of in accordance with Marshals Service Policy.

Unallowable Property  

At the time of processing, any property that is unallowable will be taken away from the prisoner. Un-allowed property taken from a prisoner that is illegal or could be dangerous will be documented and reported to the U.S. Marshal (USM). Unallowable prisoner property should be given to the arresting agents for disposal.

Excess Prisoner Personal Property  

1.  Prisoner Property Disposal: If unallowable prisoner property cannot be given to the arresting agent or the agent refuses to take the property, any of the following methods will be used to dispose of it:

a.  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.

b.  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/her attorney directly with a storage company.

c.  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.

d. At the time of processing. The property should be placed in suitable mailing containers provided by the USMS and sealed by the prisoner.

2.  Prisoner Property Inventory: District offices will prepare a notice to all prisoners and give it to them during processing. It should state the following:


Persons remanded to the U.S. Marshals Service custody are not allowed to retain excess personal property beyond that which has been described to you during processing. You have been given an opportunity to have all excess property transferred to your attorney or a relative, shipped to a home address, etc. Any excess property which is not disposed of within 30 days will be considered abandoned and will be destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the U.S. Marshals Service. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice