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View Poll Results: Do inmates prefer handwritten or typed letters (if itís snail mail)?
Handwritten 60 84.51%
Typed 11 15.49%
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Old 04-11-2019, 10:52 PM
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Initially, we were handwriting. I am across the country from him, so mail takes forever. So we use Jpay and email back and forth everyday or every other day, he calls instead of emailing back sometimes, and sometimes I handwrite letters and draw little cute things to mail.
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My son tells me all the time how great it is to receive mail. My son expresses feelings to me through his letters and cards that he probably would never do otherwise. In this day of technology, handwritten (or typed) letters have become a special bond between us.
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My mom had the most beautiful cursive style of writing I've ever seen but sadly on many occasions and several letters.....i couldn't understand or read her writing. I never had the heart to tell her. No matter the way one writes to me personally, whether or not i can read it is the greater issue
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I sent the mail in late March and I have not received a reply. Is this normal? Thank you guys so much.
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I sent the mail in late March and I have not received a reply. Is this normal? Thank you guys so much.
Inmates must be able to put postage on outgoing mail. If they do not have access to money to purchase stamps (or trade with another inmate) then they would not be able to reply to you. Where I was at, the BOP provided pieces of paper, pencils and letter sized envelopes. However, the inmate had to put his or her own postage on the outgoing mail.

Also, if the mailroom at the prison decided (for any number of reasons) to not deliver whatever you sent to the prison to the inmate, you would most likely not be informed about it. The mailroom or the COs delivering the mail may have not forwarded it through the delivery system. They can and will just not deliver something because they ďdonít feel like itĒ. Happened all the time where I was at. However, most things, if the sender follows the BOP mail room rules EXACTLY as they are spelled out, then mail will usually get to the inmate.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:11 AM
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Inmates must be able to put postage on outgoing mail. If they do not have access to money to purchase stamps (or trade with another inmate) then they would not be able to reply to you. Where I was at, the BOP provided pieces of paper, pencils and letter sized envelopes. However, the inmate had to put his or her own postage on the outgoing mail.

Also, if the mailroom at the prison decided (for any number of reasons) to not deliver whatever you sent to the prison to the inmate, you would most likely not be informed about it. The mailroom or the COs delivering the mail may have not forwarded it through the delivery system. They can and will just not deliver something because they ďdonít feel like itĒ. Happened all the time where I was at. However, most things, if the sender follows the BOP mail room rules EXACTLY as they are spelled out, then mail will usually get to the inmate.
May I please PM you, or a Mod who knows BOP mail rules a copy of my envelope and letter so that they can see if I did everything correctly? Iím not upset really, Iím just surprised.
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I sent a letter with a colorful postcard. He never got the postcard because they say that drugs can be used in the ink and they didn't even photocopy it. I'm confused..
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May I please PM you, or a Mod who knows BOP mail rules a copy of my envelope and letter so that they can see if I did everything correctly? Iím not upset really, Iím just surprised.
Absolutely. Iíll try and help as much as I can.

You may have done everything right. It just may be that the mailroom personnel at the site you sent it to, decided to not deliver it to your addressee. The BOP makes the rules and they change them whenever they want and they donít have to tell anyone about it.
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Inmates who meet the bop's requisite of being "indigent" can get 3 stamps a week from their counselor, but must request them. When I was at the Oklahoma City transfer prison (no stamps available from the commissary) that was the only way to send letters. Mail room rules are specific to each prison, and sometimes change from minute to minute, depending on the CO.
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I sent a letter with a colorful postcard. He never got the postcard because they say that drugs can be used in the ink and they didn't even photocopy it. I'm confused..
Yes. Most times something like that will not be delivered, as there are ways of sending drugs in the paper that can be smoked that is not detectable. The mail rules are strict about that.
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