Mendota Mental Health Institute - Goodland Hall West Maximum Security Units

The following items may not be brought in at visitation with maximum security patients.

Not Allowed

  • Weapons (firearms, knives, explosives or facsimiles)
  • Sharp items and potential weapons - including but not limited to hacksaw blades, razor blades, scissors, etc.
  • Any item made from glass
  • Any metal item (without prior unit staff approval - call the unit to check)
  • Electronic surveillance devices
  • Rope or electrical cords exceeding 6 feet in length
  • Toxic substances - including cleaning supplies, laundry soap
  • Cameras, tape recorders with external recording capacity, turntables, records
  • Flammables - including paints and paint thinner, lighter fluids, lighters
  • Matches
  • Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription
  • Extension cords, three-way plugs
  • Alcohol, mouthwash or similar preparations with alcohol content, materials for making alcohol, drugs, illegal substances or drug paraphernalia Belts exceeding 2" wide;
  • belt buckles exceeding 3" by 2" or weighing over 4 ounces
  • Sexual products, appliances, or literature depicting (a) sexual behavior with minors, (b) aggressive or coerced sexual behavior, (c) sadomasochistic behavior
  • Incense or candles
  • Reading material that describes making of weapons, explosives, or other devices which may be used in an escape
  • Suspenders
  • Batteries (except as given to unit staff directly)
  • Excessive food (as defined by unit staff)

The following list summarizes unit-specific contraband items


  • Fans
  • Stereos
  • Radios
  • Typewriters
  • Tape players
  • Musical instruments
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Wire


  • Pens (felt tip pens are allowed)
  • Pencils
  • Pipes


  • Luminescent ink
  • More than 7 plants (in patient’s possession)
  • Any form of electronic transmitter


  • Plastic bags or trash liners
  • All belts

The following should be given directly to unit staff

  • Personal clothing
  • Suitcases
  • Jewelry
  • Cash
  • Gum
  • Clay


Last Revised: December 10, 2014

Mendota Mental Health Institute
301 Troy Drive, Madison, WI 53704

Phone: 608-301-1000
Fax: 608-301-1358
TTY/TDD: 888-241-9442