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Old 02-22-2006, 09:48 AM
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Exclamation New Mailing Rule for Stateville

A few of my letters came back, so I called there and they are apparently now enforcing the rule that when we write, our FULL name must be on the outside of the envelope, with our address as the From address, as well as all the usual name ID etc to whoever we write.
For example, instead of putting A.Smith. It must be Anne Smith.Mine had big yellow stickers on stating that receipient must do this. My letters to him take from 7 days to 7 weeks, but funny, a letter I sent last Saturday has been to the ville and back to me already!
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Old 02-22-2006, 10:21 AM
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Any excuse to deny them their mail. I already do that on my letters to Tony so if Menard pick up on that then I'm covered. You're right, though Jude, how strange they can return your letter to you so bery quickly!!!!

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Old 02-25-2006, 07:01 AM
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They did that at Dwight, too.
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Figures! *Ugh* Thanks for sharing jude!
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Old 02-25-2006, 10:04 AM
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Jude - can you use mailing labels when sending mail to Stateville?
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:31 AM
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No, J, I had stuff returned from Stateville when I used labels.

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Old 02-27-2006, 03:35 AM
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Jims, NO labels, but some people manage to use address labels.I just print off all my envelopes with my details on,but ofcourse now I have had to add my first name complete as I had just done a whole new batch! For the most part anything with any labels on is returned.
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Jude, I use Microsoft works to do a sheet at a time of address labels and have not had a problem with them for stateville, or even Tamms. I have used address labels with my info, and also inmate info. I wonder if there was a change on this also? They save me time writing out all that info.
NEW RULE!! after 3/ 15 you cannot send Stateville inmates envelopes!!

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Old 02-28-2006, 04:09 AM
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I was told by the mail room no labels and I know a lot of people over here that get their mail returned with an address label on. But only from the ville. Nowhere else.
There are a lot more rules now too

NO pre-embossed envelopes

5 magazines only per package and NO cardboard box items.

No padded envelopes

Money order must also contains senders full name and address.


My guy is filing a grievance because these rules, including the mailing and full name is not in effect until 15th March, yet Stateville is busy sending back not just my mail but anyone's from over here that does not have the full name on it.
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I always put a blue AIR MAIL sticker on the envelope of my mail into Stateville and nary a letter has been returned to me. Odd.
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Sorry, I was forgetting those. Blue airmail stickers are allowed. Stupid really. Maybe they think the post-office puts those on! Anything with labels on from over here gets returned to sender.
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Okay, because of the differences here, I called the mailroom. They told me that different supervisors do things differently.
That the complete name thing is already a rule, just too many people don't even put their return address on, so basically that rule is already up and running which is why letters are being returned. The other rules apply from 15th March.They also said that some 90% of letters get through now with address labels and those with other stickers on, like I love You and things like that cause problems.
So I am going to go back to using address labels and hope they get through.
I am sorry for any confusion,but like I was told, different supervisors do things in different ways.
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Old 02-28-2006, 12:59 PM
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NEW RULE!! after 3/ 15 you cannot send Stateville inmates envelopes!!
Was this something that was relayed to the inmates or that you heard from the ville?
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Old 02-28-2006, 01:07 PM
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It was given to all the inmates on a directive from the Warden. I have a copy of it.
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Old 02-28-2006, 01:57 PM
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Thanks Jude, I'll have to ask my husband if he's received it, because he didn't say anything to me about it. I went and ordered him 20 for now, just to get them thru before the change.
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thanks jude my bro in law has just been sent to stateville..
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thanks jude my bro in law has just been sent to stateville..
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thanks jude my bro in law has just been sent to stateville..
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:49 PM
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I am confused Jude, about what you mean about cardboard box items. If you send books, you either have to send them in a padded envelope or cardboard box! I am told that they do not see them, they get them in a bag. I have heard before that they don't like bubble wrap envelopes. so what are you supposed to use? and if you order books for them, you cannot control the type of packaging they use.
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:42 AM
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The directive from the warden, which has been given out to all inmates states, on cardboard,
"Publications/magazines being mailed to the facility from civilians will now be limited to five (5) per package. Cardboard boxed items sent from home will no longer be accepted."
I do not know about how to send them, other than what I was told that they have to be sent in, in an envelope CET.
I should imagine that as they refer to "from home" that sent from commerical places, like Barnes and Noble and Amazon, that they are acceptable.
I was told that inmates use them to make fire with.

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Old 03-01-2006, 12:30 PM
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I'll have to call the mail room. I sell books on amazon and I also order books for E that are sold by "3rd party sellers" on amazon. they wouldn't pack the books any differently than I would. I hope it isn't the end of being able to send used books from home.
well I had 13 letters here waiting for me. I had just sent out a bunch of books, and I got some nice hand made cards thanking me from BD, LN and some others, who have friends here on PTO that asked me to send to them. I had one of my letters returned as I just wrote an initial of my first name. But then!! figure this one out!
I got a letter from Tamms with absolutely no stamp, no marks, whatsoever. it did not come postage due either. maybe it was hand delivered! lol
I sent a box of books to someone at Pontiac. He was allowed to keep 15, and to pick through what he wanted. they allowed him to take about a dozen out and pass them right then to others, and then the rest went to the library.
At tamms, they are getting access to the library maybe every other month.

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Old 03-01-2006, 02:33 PM
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CET, let me know what you find out from the mailroom please. I also send him books through Amazon and most often used books thru there, like you said 3rd party vendors. That would put a big damper on being able to send them directly to him, if you can't send cardboard. Simple solution would be to put them in a bag...heck they do that already, right?
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Old 03-01-2006, 03:33 PM
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I've either used cardboard boxes for mailing (Office Max) or large manila envelopes. J says the ones in the envelopes come right to him...the ones in the boxes must go to his personal property box first...I don't understand...so now I send them in the biggest envelopes I can find...jam it full and send it book rate..they still get there in three days....I reinforce the envelopes with lots of clear packing tape...although I've used padded envelopes in the past and none was ever returned....once again it's all in the institution...I've never used my name on the return address and it always goes through...
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Old 03-04-2006, 09:08 AM
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E is going to send me the bulletin itself. plain manilla envelopes don't hold up well for mailing books. I often have sent a LOT of books at a time, so the only way to do that is with a box. I do reinforce it with a lot of packing tape. they get the books in a bag, so I don't know why what it is mailed in makes a difference.
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