There is no limit to the number of people who can correspond with an inmate, nor is there a limit to the amount of correspondence can send or receive. Offenders are allowed to have up to 80 postage stamps in their possession (they must purchase the stamps from the commissary). All incoming and outgoing mail is opened, inspected and read with the exception of legal mail. Legal mail can still be opened and inspected (not read) but must be done so in the presence of the inmate. You must always include your complete return address, including your name in the upper left hand corner of the envelope.
Inmates can also receive 4″x6″ photos. The photos may not be instant or Polaroid photos. No photographs may contain nudity or partial nudity. Additionally, photos should refrain from having any hand gestures or tattoos in them as these can be misconstrued as having a gang affiliation.
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When sending mail to your inmate, format it in the following manner:
Inmate Name, SBI Number, State Number, Housing Unit (if known)
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
Offenders in New Jersey prisons may also receive publications, including books, magazines and newspapers ordered directly through a reputable vendor like Amazon.com. Books are only allowed to be paperback, and must come new from Amazon (third party sellers are not allowed). All publications, including magazines and newspapers may not contain nudity, describe how to create weapons, alcohol, or drugs. Additionally, publications that are deemed to be a risk to the safety and security of the prison will be rejected. When ordering these items through Amazon, be sure to send them to the inmate’s mailing address and include the inmate’s full name and ID number, as well as housing unit if known.