Indiana inmates are encouraged to maintain communication with friends and family members who serve as good role models. Keeping these close relationships can help with an inmate’s eventual reintegration with society. Offenders in Indiana are allowed to send mail and receive mail from anyone, with the exception of other incarcerated individuals (corresponding between inmates is restricted unless approved by the facility head).
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All incoming mail is opened, inspected and read to ensure no contraband/illegal substances are introduced to the facility, the only exception to this is legal correspondence which can be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate, but cannot be read. Your letters and envelope may not contain stickers, staples, lipstick, perfume, or have any other decoration. In addition, the letters may not contain codes, symbols, or maps.
Offenders are responsible for buying stamps, envelopes, and stationary for their correspondence. A small amount of free postage is provided by the facility to indigent inmates.
Inmates can receive photos that are 4″x6″ in size. The photos must not contain nudity/sexually suggestive content, and cannot display any illegal activity. In addition, photos may not be instant or Polaroid photos as these pose a security threat.
When sending mail to your inmate, format it in the following manner:
Inmate’s Full Name
Inmate’s ID Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, zip code
Inmates in Indiana can also receive books, newspapers and magazine subscriptions sent directly from Amazon.com. The books must be paperback and can never be hardcover, they must also always be new from Amazon, no third party sellers are allowed. Newspaper and magazine subscriptions can also be purchased through Amazon for your inmate.
Certain content restrictions exist. For instance, you are not allowed to send any publication that contains nudity, depicts or incites violence, describes the manufacturing or brewing of drugs and alcohol. Also, publications that explain how to construct or use weapons, ammunition, or bombs are not allowed. In addition, publications may not have maps, blueprints, or drawings of the surrounding areas or correctional facilities