Purchases up to $60 can be made once a week, or $75 during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. Items include noodles, coffee, nuts, pastries, pickles, cheese, crackers, tuna, over-the-counter medicine, dental care items, boots, sneakers, greeting cards and batteries. The ability of an inmate to purchase goods depends on his or her security level — minimum, medium or maximum. That gets established after evaluation by prison officials, and it can change depending on behavior behind bars. Friends or family outside can put money on an inmate's books though JPay.com, a prison system for them to buy him credits for the prison store.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE ALLOWED?
Games, creative arts, wellness education and approved inmate organizations.
WHAT TYPES OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARE PERMITTED?
Guitar, keyboard, harmonica, recorder and electronic drums.
WHAT'S FORBIDDEN AS CONTRABAND?
Those items include weapons, cash, civilian clothing, implements of escape, pornography and cellphones.