Inmates may only receive mail delivered through the US Postal Provider or a comparable commercial service. We do not accept hand-delivered or couriered mail. We will not accept mail with unpaid postage. First and last names, as well as a return address, must be included on postcards and letters. Additional instructions for preparing photographs may be found on our photography page.
Prisoners can also use fax machines to send and receive letters through the mail. The recipient needs to have a fax machine and provide them with the number to call you back. This is useful if you want to send them information about events or activities in the prison community.
Finally, inmates can use the Internet to write letters to friends and family members outside of prison. These letters are called E-mails. You can read more about this process on our how it works page.
No, the United States does not allow prisoner voting. Prisoners cannot vote in any federal election; they are not eligible to be delegates at Republican or Democratic National Conventions; and they cannot serve on a jury that decides someone's fate. However, some states permit prisoners to vote in certain elections such as local school boards and ballot measures. Each state determines how it will administer elections for persons incarcerated in its facilities.
You can send letters in general, but there are now VERY SPECIFIC rules for doing so. Any breach of procedure will result in the convict not getting it. For example, all letters must be written on white paper using only a blue or blank ink pen. The envelope should also be white with the words "Hate Mail" printed in large red letters on it.
In addition to this, there is now a special section of the prison library called "Westley Allan Dodd" where all letters going to inmates known or suspected of being gay are rejected by our postal service because they violate "community standards". If you write such an offensive letter, there is a good chance that your friend or relative won't get it.
Actually, writing hate mail is fairly easy. You just need to know what did not want someone to get away with something. In the case of prison inmates, you need to know which ones to avoid offending. There are two ways to do this: either through reading up on them online before sending your letter or by asking other people who have been inside already. Either way, you should try and find out as much information as possible about each person.
All prisoners tend to share one common trait: they were all convicted of something. Whether it was serious like murder or nonviolent offenses like drug trafficking, every inmate you meet has done time.
To write and mail letters to friends, pen pals, or family members, an inmate must have paper, pens, envelopes, and stamps—all of the required writing tools. Most jails supply convicts with stationery, allowing them to send one to two letters every week. In addition, many prisons allow their inmates to receive physical mail.
An inmate can only write a letter if he first receives permission from a staff member. The staff member should be informed of the purpose of the letter (i.e., communication with a friend, family member, or business contact), as well as the identity of the person being written to. A copy of the letter should also be kept in the inmate's record. Generally, inmates are not permitted to make direct financial contributions to anyone they know, including friends, family members, and charity workers. However, some institutions may have exceptions to this rule.
Inmates can also send photographs, drawings, and art projects through the mail. They are not allowed to send money, but they can send items worth $20 or more. To ensure that these items do not contain weapons or drugs, all mail is screened by prison employees before it is delivered to inmates.
Finally, inmates can write and send self-addressed, stamped envelopes (SASEs) if they first obtain authorization from a staff member.
The commissary will be used to purchase envelopes, stamps, and writing tools. Destitute convicts will receive communication materials for writing to family and friends through commissary in the indigent inmate package. B. The United States Postal Service will not accept envelopes, stamps, or writing supplies. Therefore, all commissary items must be purchased through the prison mail system.
You may never transmit anything else directly to a prisoner. Inmates may obtain books, periodicals, and newspapers, but only from authorized sources. More information on how to send these items to an imprisoned may be found below.
How do inmates receive books through the mail? An inmate can receive books through the mail by submitting a request form that is provided by most prisons. The book publisher or bookstore from which the book is being sent will be notified of the arrival of the book and will send it to the prison library. Books are generally delivered to inmates within one to five days of being mailed.
Does the type of prison I'm in matter when it comes to sending books through the mail? No, any book can be sent to an inmate at any prison across the country. It just depends on where they have facilities to accept them.
Are there any restrictions based on the type of crime he/she has committed? Not really, but again, it depends on the policy of the prison system. Some states prohibit certain types of books from being sent to their inmates. For example, books about escape techniques might be prohibited for inmates who are being held under secure conditions (close supervision).
Send mail to a county, state, or federal correctional prison. We handle all aspects of letter packing for you, making it a quick and simple procedure. You may write to an inmate using your phone, tablet, or computer. The mail system allows inmates to choose whether they want their letters to be private or public. Private letters do not go to the inmate's official address but are held by staff and can be read by anyone who knows its contents. Public letters are sent to the inmate's address and are available to everyone. They may also be called general correspondence.
In addition to sending letters, people can also call inmates directly through the phone system. This is often useful when sending sensitive information such as social security numbers or money.
Prison phones are usually free from charge but there may be fees for international calls. It is best to check with the prison before calling about specific charges since these changes frequently happen.
People can also send packages to inmates. Since prisons will not ship items to inmates, this service is used to send them things like books, clothes, food, and even furniture. Packages should be sent to the prison mail room and are then delivered to the inmate. Fees may apply for this service.
Finally, people can visit inmates at any of the detention center facilities across the country.