reasonably believe that an item is contraband may seize the item. Items seized
shall be sent to the superintendent accompanied by the written report required
that are not contraband shall be returned to the owner consistent with
institution policy and procedure. Contraband shall be returned to the owner,
given to the sheriff or local law enforcement agency or disposed of in
accordance with this section.
If staff writes a conduct report, as defined in s.
, the superintendent shall
determine the manner of disposal of contraband under sub. (3) after completion
of a disciplinary hearing under s.
Disposal of contraband shall be
accomplished in one of the following ways:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this
subsection, if the owner can be determined, the superintendent may direct that
the contraband be returned to the owner. Contraband may not be returned to a
youth unless its return is consistent with this section and the institution's
policies and procedures.
Property that is unlawful to possess under state or federal law shall be given
to the sheriff or a local law enforcement agency.
(c) Intoxicating substances shall be given to
the sheriff or a local law enforcement agency or destroyed at the direction of
shall be given to the sheriff or a local law enforcement agency or destroyed at
the direction of the superintendent.
(e) Currency shall be returned to the owner
if the owner is known, except that if a youth is the owner of currency, it
shall be deposited in the youth's account. Currency shall be placed in the
state's general fund if the owner cannot be determined.
(f) Checks and other negotiable instruments
shall be returned to the maker. If it is not possible to locate the maker, the
checks or negotiable instruments shall be given to the sheriff or a local law
property, whose ownership is unknown, shall be sold through the department's
purchasing office and proceeds of the sale shall be placed in the state's
general fund. Items having an apparent value of $5.00 or less shall be
destroyed in accordance with the policies and procedures of the
If it is
determined that a youth is the owner of contraband that is lawful to possess,
other than currency, but return of the contraband is inconsistent with the
department's rules or the institution's policies and procedures, the
superintendent shall do one of the following:
1. Give the contraband to the sheriff or a
local law enforcement agency.
Store the contraband in the institution until the youth is discharged or
otherwise released from the institution.
3. Deliver the contraband by mail or
commercial carrier to a person on the youth's visiting list at the expense of
4. Deliver the
contraband to a person on the youth's visiting list when the person visits the
5. Destroy the
contraband, consistent with institution policy and procedure.
(4) A youth who is the
owner of property under sub. (3) shall receive notice of the proposed
disposition of the property at least 3 days prior to the disposition. The youth
may appeal the decision by filing a complaint under ch. DOC 380. The property
shall not be disposed of until the complaint is resolved.