A few weeks back I placed an order for some new clothes. When staff processed my order they sent a note back to me saying that my order had been approved but that I would have to swap some of my in possession clothing for the new stuff because I will have too much according to their volumetric control limits. Of course, I wanted to check this out for myself so I asked the library for a copy of the facilities list setting out how many of each item we are allowed to have and I came across something truly bizarre.
Item 19 on the facilities list is Underwear, which your can have as many as you want of, as long as all of your combined property fits into two standard prison issue storage boxes. However, under the notes attached to Underwear it sets out the limits on the type of underwear allowed.
It says “Not to cause offence or rivalry. Must not cause difficulty in the maintenance of good order and discipline.”
What kind of rivalry could underwear cause?! I can sort of imagine rivalry arising from how well you fill the underwear out, (this was a disturbingly common point of shower room conversation at one young offenders prison I used to be at), but what is rivalrous about underwear itself? And how on earth could it affect the maintenance of good order and discipline?
Any underwear that can, by its very nature, disturb good order and send others into rivalry and ill discipline is underwear I absolutely have to see! I just hope it doesn’t steal my sanity and send me into a berserk and uncontrollable state when I do. Whatever it is, it clearly affected the mind of the person writing this facilities list.