One of the most critical ways to stay in contact with your inmate is through writing letters. Inmates are allowed to send and receive an unlimited amount of mail. Incoming mail will be opened and inspected for unauthorized items, the letters will only be read if a supervisor has reason to believe the letter may contain criminal activity, or that the letter may threaten harm to an individual or contain something that puts the safety, security, and order of the prison in jeopardy. Legal mail may not be read, but it can be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate. Offenders are responsible for purchasing their own stamps from the commissary. Inmates who have no money in their account and are found indigent are provided with ten stamps each month for personal letters, outgoing legal mail will not have a limit imposed.
Sending Photos to North Carolina Inmates
Inmates in North Carolina Prisons are allowed to receive photos no larger than 8″x10″. Photos must not be Polaroid or the instant type, as these present a security risk. No photos may contain nudity or depict illegal activities.
On your correspondence you should always include your complete return address, and format the inmate’s address as follows:
Inmate Name, ID Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
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Send Quarterly Packages to North Carolina Inmates
You can also send quarterly packages to North Carolina inmates. These pacakges must be sent the the approved vendor Union Supply Direct. Orders must be pre-approved for the inmate by the Chaplain at the facility the inmate resides at. Failure to get pre-approval for the specific items you order will result in the package being refused. For more information visit Union Supply Direct here.
Inmates in North Carolina can also receive books, magazines, and newspapers sent directly from the publisher. This means you can order books and other publications from Amazon.com and have them shipped directly to the inmate’s name, ID Number and inmate mailing address. Limit your orders to no more than three books at a time. All books must be paperback editions, and must come new directly from Amazon, used books and third party sellers are not allowed. Magazine subscriptions and newspapers can also be ordered for your inmate. No publications are allowed to contain nudity or describe how to manufacture weapons, alcohol, or drugs.