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Default Inmate Quarterly and Special Purchase Packages/Books and Magazines/Privilege Groups

Inmate Quarterly and Special Purchase Packages/Books and Magazines/Privilege Groups

Quarterly Packages:

The California Inmate Quarterly Package system allows you to send much-desired items to your incarcerated loved one. Each institution sets it’s own rules as to what items are allowed and prohibited and items vary by privilege groups. As a result, vendors therefore provide services to a limited amount of Facilities, Camps, CCF’s or the LA County Jail System. All Quarterly Packages are limited to a maximum weight of 30 Lbs. Nor can they exceed dimensions of 24” x 24” x 24”. All vendors list those institutions for which they provide goods and services and what privilege groups.

Special Packages:

Special Packages allow for the purchase of various Electronics, Accessories, Musical Instruments, etc.that would otherwise crowd a quarterly package beyond its allowed weight or dimensions. Inmates are allowed one special purchase package per quarter.

Inmate Quarterly Package, Yearly Quarters:

1St – January 1 Through March 31.
2nd – April 1 Through June 30.
3rd – July 1 Through September 30.
4th – October 1 Through December 31.

California Approved Vendors for Inmate Quarterly and Special Packages:
Note: Prison Talk Online does not endorse nor guarantee the quality and or level of service provided by the below listed suppliers. As a continued benefit for the support of inmates, these links are provided as a courtesy only.


(Updated list June 2010)

Access Securepak
P. O. Box 50028
Sparks, NV 89435-0028
(800) 546-6283

Mike's Better Shoes
1252 Berlin-Haddonfield Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
(800) 431-1911

Music by Mail
129 31st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 369-6982

Packages R Us
2648 East Workman Ave. #424
West Covina, CA 91791
Ph: (866) 303-7787

Union Supply Direct
P.O. Box 7006
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220-7006
Ph: (866) 404-8989

The Inmate Store
P.O. Box 798
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Ph: (209) 257-4824

The Vitamin Outlet
Fitness Systems Mfg. Corp.
P.O. Box 2073
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
(800) 822-9995

1774 Industrial Way
Napa CA 94558
(800) 660-9255

Yellow Ribbon Online
580 N. Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Ph: (866) 959-7426

Books, Magazines and Periodicals:

Reception Center Inmates: Are not allowed to receive books, magazines or periodicals.

General Population Inmates: Can receive books, magazines and periodicals as long as those items are mailed directly form the publisher, subscription service or an on-line book vendor. (Call your inmate facilities mailroom for any special packaging or handling requirements prior to sending these items).

Privilege Groups:

The California Department of Corrections classifies each and every inmate into a specific privilege groups based on several factors such as new inmates, general population inmates, Ad-Seg and SHU/PHU inmates and those that have or are undergoing administrative review for problematic behavior.

The following are the CDC’s privilege ratings system.
Reception Center Inmate:

New Arrival Privilege Group “U”
Processing Privilege Group “U”

General Population:
  • Group “A”
  • Group “B”
  • Group “C”
SHU and ASU:
  • Group “D”
Privilege Group A and Privilege Group B
Inmates in Privilege Group A & B Shall be allowed four "Quarterly packages" per year (one per quarter) not to exceed 30 pounds each and four "Special purchase packages" per year (one per quarter).

Privilege Group C
Inmates in Privilege Group C shall not be allowed a personal property 'quarterly package'. Inmates prohibited from receiving a package resulting from a recent placement into Privilege Group C, shall not be allowed to retain a package, which was ordered prior to Privilege Group C placement. Disallowed packages shall be disposed of pursuant to Section 54030.11.2

Privilege Group D
Inmates in Privilege Group D, including those inmates housed in ASU/Security Housing Unit (SHU) and Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU), Shall be permitted to acquire one personal property package per year not to exceed 30 pounds each. Eligibility to acquire a personal property package commences one-year after the date of Privilege Group D Assignment.

Inmates in SHU/PSU may also purchase and entertainment appliance via a Special Purchase Process. Eligibility to acquire a personal property package commences one-year after the date of Privilege Group D Assignment.

Inmates prohibited from receiving a package as a result of ASU placement shall be allowed to retain the package in their stored personal property if the package was ordered prior to ASU placement and the inmate was otherwise qualified to receive it.

Privilege Group U
Inmates in Privilege Group U shall not be allowed a Personal Property Package.

Last edited by Terry; 06-03-2010 at 12:22 PM.. Reason: Updated
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