View Full Version : Has anyone gotten a letter back marked 'return to sender'


grannygreat
04-25-2011, 03:17 PM
insufficient address. I just did, from my grandsons jail. Is that what they do hen a prisoner rejects mail? I don't think My grandson wants me to send him mail.

tave2710
04-25-2011, 03:30 PM
yea as far as i know, if they reject the mail they will send it back to you with a reason. they sent back one of my letters last week saying I had more than two pictures...which isn't true. I didn't send a picture (well photograph) at all, I had sent him 2 loose leaf letters, something I drew on computer paper, and an internet article about Gucci being locked up. It sounds like for you that you didn't write something you were supposed to on the mailing address. It should be mailed like this:
Inmate Name Inmate DOC #
Prison Name
Prison Mailing Address
City State Zip Code

grannygreat
04-25-2011, 03:39 PM
I'm sure the information was correct, tave. I think my grandson just rejected the letter. I am too 'goody 2 shoes' for him, but if he had read the letter, it wasn't a lecture. I am very ill and wanted to make contact. The envelope wasn't even opened.

If I thought he wanted a letter, I would write again, but don't want to get in trouble for harassing a prisoner.
Thank you for your kind reply.

Jl'slady
04-25-2011, 08:40 PM
I just got two cards back marked return to sender, they didn't appear to have been opened, but they were. The mail room had opened them, and the reason was stated inside. Mine had tiny glitter spots on them. It has happened to ladies at the prison where my bf is, for no reason at all. One even received a letter that said her guy had been released, which wasn't true. I would try it one more time. I would guess that your grandson never even saw your letter.

Mitch67
04-26-2011, 12:01 AM
I would ask you to try one more time with your grandson. It sounds like the letter was returned from the mailroom without your grandson even having seen it. The prison can return your letter for any reason. Are you sure that you wrote the address out in the way Tave above suggested?

It seems sad not to have just one more try and then at least if it comes back again you can be sure that your grandson doesn't want to hear from you. My guess is that he probably will after all you are his grandma.

MIKAER
04-26-2011, 08:13 AM
Sometimes the stamp canceled stamp will blur the ID number. Make sure to write the ID at the bottom of the envelope as well as by the inmates name, and call his prison to make sure they have not moved him. (DBL check his housing address.)

faithwalk12
04-26-2011, 12:06 PM
I have sent priority envelope which have been returned. All this time I thought they were returned from the prison. However, just recently I found out that if it is over a pound it has to have a metered stamp from the post offie for "security reasons". Once I got them metered, they went through just fine!

D4C
04-26-2011, 12:17 PM
I have had letters returned marked "insufficient address" as well. I dont know why but when I resent them they went through fine. I think its the post office

ccook42
04-26-2011, 01:03 PM
Yes I have but he had moved to anoether tank so I would try again they love getting mail. Even though he may not want to hear it they appreciate hearing somebody wrote. Good luck!

Jl'slady
05-01-2011, 08:32 PM
I got a packet of stamped envelopes back. They were sent from the post office. It had a label which stated return to sender a long with a hand written notice OTC. I clearly marked on the packet that it contained envelopes, only. I hadn't included a letter, because I wanted him to get them quickly. Does anyone know what OTC means?

FastCarGirl
05-01-2011, 11:05 PM
insufficient address. I just did, from my grandsons jail. Is that what they do hen a prisoner rejects mail? I don't think My grandson wants me to send him mail.

I've had one returned for "unable to locate" (the guy's last name was smith and I forgot to put his inmate number on it). I tried adding new postage and resending the same envelope with his number on it this time, no dice.

I've had a couple returned because I put my zip code on it instead of the prison's zip code with the PO box.

And I've had a handful returned for "contraband"...they had stickers on the outside of the envelope.

Unless it's hand written in your grandson's handwriting "refused, return to sender", most likely he's never seen it. ....there would also be evidence of it having been opened and taped or glued back shut, the guys get there envelopes already opened like with a letter opener at the top.

Keep trying, I'm sure he wants to hear from you!

MIKAER
05-01-2011, 11:25 PM
I had one sent back marked no porn...It was a picture of a wedding gown!

Beachhouse
05-01-2011, 11:43 PM
I had 10 returned from one county jail. Some said no envelopes across the outside, some were marked rtc and some just not even opened. One was opened and then returned and they hadn't even put the pages back in the right order. I just repackage them in new envelope and try again. At the new place my guy is at none have come back yet. Some took a month to be returned while others took. Week odd.

Jl'slady
05-07-2011, 04:35 AM
I got a packet of stamped envelopes back. They were sent from the post office. It had a label which stated return to sender a long with a hand written notice OTC. I clearly marked on the packet that it contained envelopes, only. I hadn't included a letter, because I wanted him to get them quickly. Does anyone know what OTC means?



Update: he was out to court the day they decided to deliver it! They had it in their possession for a month! They didn't hold it an extra day and try again!