Offenders incarcerated in Pennsylvania are allowed to correspond with the public and have no limit to the number of people they can mail or the amount of mail they can receive or send. Inmates may not correspond with other inmates, current or former employees/volunteers, or victims (unless they have prior authorization from the Facility Manager). Offenders are permitted eight stamps per month at no cost. All mail is opened, inspected and may be read with the exception of legal mail, which can still be opened and inspected but not read.
Inmates can receive greetings cards, but they may not contain electronics or be multi-layered. Never embellish your letter or envelope in any way. This means you may not place stickers, glitter, glue, lipstick, perfume, or any other items in or on your correspondence. Stamps and envelopes may not be sent to an inmate, these items must be purchased by the inmate through the commissary.
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Sending Photos to inmates in Pennsylvania
Inmates in Pennsylvania can also receive 4″x6″ photos. Polaroid and instant photos are not allowed as they have been used to hide and introduce contraband. No photos may contain nudity, or illegal activities. All photos will be screened and reviewed by the mail room upon receiving them. When sending photographs to an inmate you should place the offenders name and identification number in pen on the back of the photo.
Always include your complete name and return address in the upper left hand corner of the envelope. Furthermore, you should format the inmate’s address as follows:
Inmate’s Name, ID Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
You can also send electronic mail to an offender through JPAY. JPAY charges a fee for this service. You type and send the letter online through their website and it is then printed in the facilities mail room and delivered with the regular mail to the inmate. Offenders do not have access to the internet and cannot respond electronically.
Friends and family members of Pennsylvania inmates can send books, magazines, and newspapers to an inmate. All publications must be ordered directly from a reputable vendor like Amazon.com. No books, or magazines may contain nudity, maps, or describe the manufacture of drugs, alcohol, or weapons. All books should be new and paperback editions, hardcover books are prohibited. When ordering from Amazon be sure to mail to the inmate’s name and ID number and send to the inmate’s institutional mailing address.