Correspondence between inmates and friends/relatives is an important part of the rehabilitation process. While it gives the inmate something to look forward to, and helps maintain relationships it also presents security concerns to the facility. All mail is opened, inspected and read to ensure the contents do not contain contraband or create a danger to the facility. Legal mail can be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate, but will not be read. Depending on the time of year and the amount of mail received at the institution, the inspection of incoming mail can delay delivery for up to ten days. No incoming envelopes can be greater than 1/4″ thick. Additionally, no correspondence or envelopes should contain stickers, marker, crayon, glue, glitter, lipstick, perfume or any other kind of embellishments. If your letter or envelope contain any of these it will be rejected by the facility.
Inmates can receive up to ten photos no larger than 4″x6″. Polaroid and instant photos are not allowed as they can be used to introduce contraband. Furthermore, no photos may contain nudity or depict any illegal activities including drug use, drinking, gang gestures etc. You can also send pamphlets, photocopies, and cards but you are limited to only ten total enclosures. Cards cannot contain electronics, or be multilayered.
Remember to always include your complete name and return address on the envelope of your correspondence. You will also need to always include the inmate’s full committed name, their SID number, the name of the prison and complete address. Format the inmate’s address as follows:
Inmate Name, SID Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
Remember you should never send any other items to your inmate. Blank paper, envelopes, stamps etc. must all be purchased from the commissary, at no time can you mail these to the inmate.
Friends and family members can also send electronic messages to the inmate. These can be sent online to the inmate and are received in the prison mail room, printed and delivered as regular mail to the inmate. At no time are inmate’s allowed to use the internet or e-mail. Electronic messages are provided through AccessCorrections for a fee and still are subjected to having the contents read.
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Friends and family members can send their inmates books, magazines and newspapers sent directly from Amazon.com. Books should be paperback. No publications can contain nudity, or describe how to manufacture weapons, alcohol, or drugs. When ordering from Amazon.com be sure to include the inmate’s full committed name, SID number and current facilities mailing address for the shipping address.