The following items may be left for prisoners without management approval and retained by prisoners in their cell (fluorescent colours and camouflage are not permitted). This list has been compiled to be as detailed as possible, however, it is important to note that acceptance of any items of property is at the discretion of MRC staff.
- 3 plain white t-shirts or long sleeved tops
- 3 plain singlets
- 2 plain black sports shorts (above the knee, no high cut running shorts/ footy shorts, no cargo shorts, no lycra/ skins, no zips, no velcro and no logos or motifs)
- 7 pairs of briefs or boxer shorts (new only, tags and packaging intact)
- 7 pairs of socks (new only, tags and packaging intact)
- 2 pairs of thermal underwear- long johns (new only, tags and packaging intact)
- 2 pairs of thermal underwear- tops (new only, tags and packaging intact)
- 2 sets of pyjamas (new only, tags and packaging intact)
- 6 standard sized photographs per visit (no Polaroids)
- 1 hat or cap (plain, no motifs)
- 1 pair of shoe laces
- 1 suit (for court), no navy coloured trousers
- 1 collared dress shirt (for court), no light blue colours
- 1 tie (for court)
- 1 belt (for court)
- 1 pair of shoes (closed in, dress type for court)
- Approved magazines, books or newspapers – 3 in total per visit (The MRC will not accept items that contain erotic material or depictions of nudity, military or weaponry related articles, tattoo publications, drug, hydroponic or homebrew material, depictions of excessive violence including video game/ computer magazines or any other themes that are deemed inappropriate or offensive).
All other property should be considered as unauthorised unless prior approval has been granted.
Please note the following:
All property that is dropped off must be clean and in a reasonable condition.
Prisoners are issued with an allowance of prison issue clothing upon arrival at the MRC. This includes t-shirts, track-suits, shorts, a jacket, socks and briefs. A hat and a pair of runners will also be issued if required.
All personal property stored in-cell is the responsibility of the prisoner. The MRC is not responsible for any lost or damaged personal property that is stored within prisoners’ cells.
Prisoners must seek prior approval before any property is sent in via mail to the MRC. If approval has not been granted before property is received via the mailroom, it may be returned to sender.
Since 5 August 2019, the Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) has been washing all garments (hot wash) which are dropped off or mailed in for prisoners. MRC will not be liable for any damage caused to these items as a result of this process.
Informal footwear, such as runners and thongs, will not be accepted at the MRC. These items can be purchased by the prisoner through the MRC Special Spend Request process or via the MRC’s canteen.
Prisoners may also seek approval to purchase additional items, such as runners, stereos and CD’s through the MRC Special Spend Request process. Approved purchases are then ordered through the prison store.
The MRC has the capacity to store one personal property box per prisoner. Property exceeding this allocation will be required to be sent out or disposed of. Prisoners may request that any excess property be sent out, collected by family or friends or disposed of. Property that exceeds the above allowances may not be accepted at the MRC.
All property dropped off by visitors will be delivered to the prisoners as soon as practicable.