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Default List of approved vendors for Used Books at Stafford Creek

Hi everyone,

I'm new, I looked up an old friend and started writing to him. He's been in for 12 years and has about 5 to go. The rules for publications at SCCC allow used books from "approved" non-profits.

I really like "Better World Books" ( I can't post the URL as a link yet, but you can type in the name and it's *.com* ) , I have been buying books there for years for myself. The shipping is FREE, and books average about $3.50 to $4.00 each! Also, all the profits go to Education, so thats really cool in my opinion. Check out the site..

How can I get a list of the approved non-profits?

One more small question: What is the maximum number of pages I can send in an envelope?

THANKS for any replies in advance!!
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I'm not sure who the approved vendors are and couldn't find a list quickly. Also not sure what the max number of pages are, nor could I quickly find the administrative ruling.

I did find what you *can't* send, so here's a link to that: http://www.doc.wa.gov/information/po...s/450100a1.pdf

The post office doesn't like envelopes that are more than 1/4 inch thick. Oregon prisons won't allow it, but I don't know about WA prisons. Generally, 10 pieces of paper in a regular long white envelope pushes the 1/4 inch rule.

You might try a google search for "Washington DOC inmate mail administrative regulation" and wade through that to see if you can find the legal requirements.

Also, generally, books from Amazon or Powells are usually acceptable, but can't swear to that.
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Thank you Ginger, I'm thinking I will call SCCC in the next couple days, and get the answer. I'll post what they say here.

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When my buddy was in CRCC they said new books only. He got moved to SCCC recently and I just assumed it was the same policy. Any update?
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UPDATE:

This information only pertains to Stafford Creek Corr. Ctr.

The phone for the Mail Room is 360-537-1903 (forgot to note the name)
The phone for the Property Room is 360-537-1943 (Sgt. Coleman)

1) There is no page limit for letters coming by snail mail, however the post office doesn't like letter size envelopes to be thicker that 1/4 inch.

2) There is only one "used book" vendor that is accepted by SCCC, and the very helpful guy in the Mail Room said all they will do is go over to the Western Section and grab a book to send. I didn't even take the name.

3) Their preferred vendor for new books is Barnes and Noble, for the reasons stated under Amazon.

4) Amazon is also an accepted vendor, but you have to be careful. Since sometimes you are buying from a 3rd Party Vendor, not actually Amazon, the book could be rejected. He said this happens because of the 3rd Party reason, when people think selecting "NEW" means "New" -- What is actually means is that the book is in New Condition, but it is used. You need to be careful you are getting an actual new book.

For Barnes and Noble and Amazon Address Book, I am getting packages through addressed like this:

Last Name, First Name X#X-##-X #Inmate# (Bldg, Section, Bunk, then Inmate #)
STAFFORD CREEK CORR CTR
191 CONSTANTINE WAY
ABERDEEN, WA 98520-9504
United States
Phone number: XXX-XX-XXXX (I use mine)

5) Inmates have to keep all their belongings in a property box. The size is: 18"X10"X12"

6) Although books and items with spiral binding are not allowed, I sent a spiral bound calendar before I knew that and it was accepted. I wouldn't count on it, but mine did get through.

7) My inmate needs a lamp replacement, and Sgt Coleman said inmates need to buy that from the prison store. (whatever they call it).

8) Union Supply Direct has a very limited supply of items for sale, I hope they get more stock.

That's all I've got for now, if you can add anything please do!

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Thank you, Lynnwood. That was detailed and helpful. I did not understand what you meant by one point.
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Thank you, Lynnwood. That was detailed and helpful. I did not understand what you meant by one point.
I read that as "You ask to place an order, and the used book employee will just pick a random Western novel off the shelf and ship it, so you really don't have any control over which book gets sent."
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Thank you, Lynnwood. That was detailed and helpful. I did not understand what you meant by one point.
I asked the mail room guy about approved used book vendors. He did tell me about one vendor, but you cannot "select a book": you pay for a book, no idea how much, and the vendor employee literally walks over to the Western section, grabs a book, and mails it to the inmate.

The phone for the Mail Room is 360-537-1903, maybe I misunderstood!

It didn't sound like anything I wanted to participate in. I'm sticking to Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

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Please be aware of the updated website information on "used books" these are only for volunteer organisations like books to prison. No used book I am told will now be accepted from an individual.
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I'm surprised they don't allow Powell's books, but I couldn't say why I'm surprised. Some rules make no sense.
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The WADOC made a big deal about the change that now supposedly allows used books to be sent to inmates, but it's not what it seems.
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