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tgurl20
12-13-2003, 02:43 AM
What am I allowed to bring with me when i self surrender? Can I bring in shampoo and soap and other things. Im a black female will I be allowed to get a relaxer and by who?

redphoenixx
12-13-2003, 02:59 AM
I'm not sure, but I don't think they allow you to bring anything in with you. Even things like pictures and such sould be sent in by family afterwards. As for getting relaxer, I'm not sure. I think that would vary by each institution's own rules though.

On My Way
12-17-2003, 05:55 PM
I have to turn myself in this month to Dublin, CA, I called the prison to see what all I could take in, the only thing allowed is money, up to $250.00. I even asked about taking in a Bible and was told no, that family will have to send it in.
As for the relaxer, I'm pretty sure you can buy it off commissary, even when I was in county jail they had it on there. Depending on the prison (most female prisons) I heard that they offer cosmotoligy classes and you can even get your hair done from somebody taking that course.
Hope this helps.

greyghost
12-18-2003, 11:38 AM
For federal prisons:

Taken right out their policy: Program Statemtn 5580.06; INMATE PERSONAL PROPERTY

VOLUNTARY-SURRENDERS. When an inmate voluntary surrenders to Bureau custody he or she shall be permitted to retain only the following items:

Plain wedding band,
One pair of earrings for females with a declared value of less than $100,
Medical or orthopedic devices,
Legal documents,
Social Security card and other forms of identification (drivers license, passport, etc.) (to be retained in the Inmate Central File until the inmate's release),
Religious items approved by the Warden as long as they do not present a threat to the security of the institution (religious medallions and chains must have a declared value of less than $100, male or female),
Prescription glasses, and
Cash/negotiable instruments.

All other property will be rejected and shipped to the inmate's home at the institution's expense.

If you self surrender with any of the above, they are required to accept it. If they do not, then they are in violation of their own policy.

Hope this helps

Greyghost

TTamzig
12-21-2003, 11:25 PM
Thank you so much for the clarification. I surrender to Bryan 1-5-04 and this helps a great deal.

God's Blessings
Tammi

vegasd
12-24-2003, 09:19 PM
Would it be recommended to bring driver's license and ss card, or leave them with a family member?

greyghost
12-29-2003, 02:25 PM
On the Soc Sec Card and Driver's License:

I would recommend that you bring them in.

You will need the Soc Sec Card when you are released, and with the Drivers License, if there is a job in the prison where you could be allowed to drive (yes, they allow some inmates to drive, sometimes unescorted even), you will have to have your dirver's license.

In the end it is up to you, but I would suggest that it would be better for you if you did.

Just my thoughts

Greyghost

Queenofswords33
01-03-2004, 01:19 PM
The other reply's covered your questions well, specifically about the relaxer... You would buy it from commissary and then someone from cosmo applies it. Might take a while at first because you have to ask someone to do it for you and they do it when they can. There is up to 800 women at that facility with 15 to 20 cosmotologists to do them all.

Basically, you will have to buy all your things from commissary like tennis shoes, radio, hair care products and sweatpants and shorts. All they issue is 4 uniforms, 5 huge pairs of underwear and terrible bras! Plus your lovely steel toed shoes and a thin coat. Towels, washcloths and sheets. Your blanket will be one of those itchy wool military blankets and a tiny pillow. Any other clothes will have to be bought from commissary. So, take as much money as you can or at least for the tennis shoes those steel toed shoes are SO uncomfortable. In the evenings after work you can change into sweats and tennis and t-shirts, having them is worth the money I promise.

Queenofswords33:D

DebsHere
05-03-2004, 08:09 PM
What amount of money can you spen a month?
Debi

greyghost
05-04-2004, 07:02 AM
What amount of money can you spen a month?
Debi


The monthly spending limit in federal prison is $275

johnbaranz
05-11-2004, 01:22 PM
Basically, you will have to buy all your things from commissary like tennis shoes, radio, hair care products and sweatpants and shorts. All they issue is 4 uniforms, 5 huge pairs of underwear and terrible bras! Plus your lovely steel toed shoes and a thin coat. Towels, washcloths and sheets. Your blanket will be one of those itchy wool military blankets and a tiny pillow. Any other clothes will have to be bought from commissary. So, take as much money as you can or at least for the tennis shoes those steel toed shoes are SO uncomfortable. In the evenings after work you can change into sweats and tennis and t-shirts, having them is worth the money I promise.Anyone know if this is the same for the male prisons? Will I be able to get a radio, sweats, blanket, etc?

UrbanCactusGrow
05-12-2004, 01:14 AM
All they issue is 4 uniforms, 5 huge pairs of underwear and terrible bras! Plus your lovely steel toed shoes and a thin coat.
Queenofswords33:D

Do all prisons and camps impose a uniform? I thought some allowed inmates to keep their own clothes.

greyghost
05-12-2004, 06:59 AM
Anyone know if this is the same for the male prisons? Will I be able to get a radio, sweats, blanket, etc?

>> Yes it is the same for both male and female. You can buy radio's, watches, sweats, t-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes, etc....


Do all prisons and camps impose a uniform? I thought some allowed inmates to keep their own clothes.

In federal prison, no one is allowed to possess civilian type clothes (aside from what you can purchase via commissary). Uniforms are used throughout the BOP.

MESLS
05-12-2004, 01:21 PM
My daughter was not allowed to retain her earrings even though they were simple and without stones. She was also not allowed to retain her social security card or drivers license. She walked in with her postal money order; simple little ring which she was allowed to keep, eyeglasses, and absolutely nothing else. She had been there about 5 days when she was allowed to shop in the commissary. She was able to purchase those tennis shoes, shorts, radio, watch, etc. She wanted to keep her contact lenses, but was required to use her glasses. She seems to have what she needs and is not complaining. If she has to have glasses, I wish she would be permitted to have prescription sun glasses since the sun gives her blinding headaches. Several years ago, she had a fractured skull and concussion, thus the headaches.

DebsHere
05-13-2004, 08:04 PM
Does anyone keep in contact with ONMYWAY I not sure of her name but I Know she went to Dublin?
Thank
You Debi

kintml2u
05-16-2004, 10:52 AM
Deb
Try also asking that in the Federal Forum. Some have been keeping in touch with some of our members who surrendered to federal prison. It's actually been quite rewarding....for both parties! And its great to hear how things are going for them, mostly all positive.

Diane