informal atmosphere. Magazines, books (in the form of a facility library), games, radio,
television, and movie equipment should be provided for the prisoners.
9. Books and magazines must be approved by the commander. As a matter of custody
management, the commander should review all such material and select only that which will be
in the best interest of the prisoner. The magazines and books authorized in the dayroom should
be interesting and wholesome; magazines and books that contain off-color and inflammatory
matter or pertain to criminal acts should not be authorized. Normally, magazines may be
obtained from open messes and libraries or purchased through the prisoner morale support fund.
Prisoners will be permitted to subscribe to newspapers, periodicals, and magazines approved by
the facility commander. However, these items must be received directly from the publisher.
10. In areas where reception is favorable, a television should be provided for the dayroom.
Otherwise, a radio should be provided for entertainment. In either instance, strict control over
the operation of the television or radio relative to the selection of programs must be maintained
to minimize friction among prisoners. Central control should be installed, if possible, and
volume knobs removed.
11. Movies should be shown to prisoners on a scheduled basis, provided equipment is available
and properly qualified personnel are present to operate the equipment. Films must be as
carefully selected as reading material.
12. Games provide a pleasant and enjoyable means through which prisoners may relax and
relieve their tensions and boredom. Examples of such games are checkers, playing cards, and
13. An attractive and comfortable library with sufficient materials to support the facility's rated
capacity must be provided. Technical advice should be obtained from the installation librarian.
Books selected by the commander may be borrowed from the post library on a rotating basis.
Prisoners subscribing to books received directly from the publisher should be allowed to use the
14. Welfare activities are those services provided to prisoners on an individual basis through
which they might improve their personal well-being and find help in solving personal problems.
The following is a discussion of services provided.
15. Religious services allow prisoners to worship and participate in religious activities according
to their faiths, subject to their particular custody and control requirements. They are not,
however, required to attend religious meetings or services. If prisoners are to attend religious
services in an installation chapel in which other military personnel and their dependents may be
present, they should be permitted to wear the appropriate service uniform. If guards are required
in this situation, they should be as unobtrusive as possible in maintaining custody and control.
The chaplain provides the following services for prisoners: