Missouri DOC General Guidelines on Inmate Property and Canteen
Offenders are authorized to purchase select property items from the institutional canteens and authorized outside vendors. To receive these items, the guidelines provided here must be strictly followed. It should be noted that the transfer of property between offenders is prohibited under all circumstances.
What items are provided by the state?
The Missouri Department of Corrections provides each offender with basic clothing items including undergarments, uniform pants and shirts, shoes, socks, footwear and a coat. Bedding, towels, medical supplies and eyeglasses are also provided. Each offender is responsible for all items issued to them and a conduct violation may be issued for damaged, destroyed or altered items. State issued items will be replaced or repaired as needed or when they become worn or no longer fit properly.
Can clothing or other items be sent in?
No. Do not send any items to an offender as the items will not be accepted. Instead, you may deposit funds to an offenderʼs account and the offender can then order the item. Once it is verified that the item is allowed and the funds are available to cover the costs, the order will be processed. Do not send or order any property items on behalf of an offender. No items will be accepted.
What happens to unauthorized property items?
If an offender is directed to dispose of unauthorized or excess property, the offender must mail the items out at their own expense, donate the items to charity or make arrangements to send it to a visitor, usually within 60 days. Newly incarcerated offenders who arrive with unauthorized property items will be required to mail the items out within 10 to 30 days, depending upon the facilityʼs capacity to hold the property. The institution will provide specific information to the offender about timelines and procedures for disposal.
Can special clothing be sent just prior to an offenderʼs release?
Yes! This is an excellent way to welcome an offender back to the community! If an offender is scheduled for release from the Department within 30 days, they may receive one package from home with clothing items and shoes to be worn upon discharge. Please contact the institutional caseworker to discuss proper procedures for mailing these items. If an offender is unable to receive special clothing prior to release, and does not own appropriate personal clothing, the offender may be issued one set of discharge clothing.
What should an offender do if they believe their state issued or personal property has been lost, stolen or damaged?
The offender should immediately contact staff so they may document the loss or damage and ensure replacement is made. If the offender fails to contact staff regarding missing property, and it is found in the possession of another offender, disciplinary action may be taken against one or both offenders. If the property cannot be found, or is damaged, the offender may be required to pay for the loss. If an offender believes property loss or damage occurred due to staff negligence, the offender should immediately submit an Informal Resolution Request to classification staff; this is the only way to obtain possible reimbursement or replacement.
The offender canteen is similar to a small convenience store and offenders may buy items from the canteen. Basic necessities such as food, soap, toilet tissue, clothing, shoes, education, medical care and dental supplies are provided by the institution. Offenders may make purchases from the canteen using their state pay and any money sent to their account from outside sources.
How can purchases be made from the canteen?
Each offender is allowed to make purchases from the canteen on specifically assigned days. In order to make purchases, the offender must have funds in their personal account at that time.
What types of items are sold in the canteen?
The canteen sells many items including candy, soda, snacks, radios, televisions, toiletries, postage supplies, writing materials, phone minutes, shoes, clothing and other personal items.
How are canteen profits used?
All profits from the offender canteen are used exclusively for the benefit of the offender population. Profits support educational, recreational and religious programming and pay for costs to operate the canteens.