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Old 02-26-2006, 05:53 PM
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MAIL PRIVILEGES
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Writing letters can be an inexpensive way to maintain a close relationship with the inmate. The inmate may send up to ten one-ounce letters first class per month at the Department’s expense. Mail leaving the facility is not searched, so the inmate can feel free to openly discuss problems he/she may be having or other issues that he/she may be uncomfortable discussing on the telephone. It is difficult to discuss sensitive issues while other inmates and prison staff are standing nearby.

For you, however, there are a number of rules that you should obey if you wish your mail to arrive intact. You have to address mail properly. Write the inmate’s name and facility number on the top line. This should be followed by the name and address of the facility. As the sender, you will need to clearly write your name and address in the upper left hand corner of the envelope.


The inmate can correspond with friends, family members, attorneys, news media, legitimate business contacts, and public officials as often as he/she wishes. However, he/she is not allowed to correspond with another inmate from another facility, a former inmate, parolee, co-defendant, probationer, or victim of his/her criminal acts, except with written approval from the Facility Manager. Attempting to correspond with any of these individuals through a third party, such as yourself, is not allowed. This means you cannot
send or forward a letter to anyone not allowed to correspond with the inmate.


When you write to an inmate the letter is opened and examined for contraband. Contraband includes prohibited correspondence as well as illegal drugs, coins or paper money. This can also include inappropriate materials such as violent pornography or material related to weapons, such as gun advertisements. It is very important to remember that all inmate mail is opened and examined for contraband. Anything that you send to the inmate will be seen by other people. You may want to send the inmate an intimate reminder of your life together. If you do so, it will be examined by prison mailroom staff as a part of normal security procedures. In addition, it
may also be misplaced or stolen once the inmate receives it. If this happens, it could be seen by a great many people inside and outside the facility. If you don’t wish a photo to be seen by anyone other than the inmate, DO NOT send it to the facility.


From Handbook for the Families and Friends of
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

http://www.cor.state.pa.us/portal/li...nd_Friends.pdf
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INMATE PROPERTY/COMMISSARY
(DC-ADM 815)
The inmate will receive basic issue items, upon arrival, free of charge. He/she may
also choose to purchase additional hygiene items as well as limited amounts of food items
through the facility commissary. The inmate is limited on the amount of personal property
permitted due to the space available for safe storage that is limited to a footlocker or two
record center boxes.
The inmate is permitted to purchase a radio and television through the commissary.
The television and radio is engraved to ensure the owner is quickly identified. The inmate
can purchase a few personal items from outside sources with prior approval. All
packages containing personal property must come directly from the vendor and not from
family or friends. In the event a package is received and is not acceptable due to security
reasons, the inmate must pay the costs of return shipping. The inmate will receive a copy
of the DC-ADM 815, “Personal Property, Basic/State Issued Items and
Commissary/Outside Purchases.”
The facility commissary is a store located inside the facility specifically for inmates.
It carries a wide variety of items ranging from candy bars to televisions. This includes
personal care items such as shampoo, soap, and toothpaste. Each inmate is permitted to
visit once a week and may purchase up to a certain limit. You may send money to the
facilities’ Business Office, Attention Inmate Accounts, so that the inmate may purchase
large items at the commissary. Items available in the commissary must be purchased
from the commissary. The inmate, family and/or friends of the inmate are permitted to
purchase approved items from approved vendors on the master commissary list, with the
approval of the Facility Manager/Designee. For example, if the inmate buys a television at
the commissary, you can be sure that the television is the type permitted in the facility.

http://www.cor.state.pa.us/portal/li...nd_Friends.pdf
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Default Mail to Phila Prison System? What's allowed?

I can't find anywhere on the Phila Prison site what we are allowed to include in the mail...does anyone have a list of allowed or not allowed?
My son has asked me to find a birthday card for his fiance' and mail it to him in another envelope. Will they allow it to go through? Also, I want to help him keep busy and do some kitchen designs etc. on graph paper. Can I send a couple of sheets of graph paper?
Thanks for your help. Trying to get information is literally impossible!
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I can only answer the card question for SCI Dallas. I sent him a few empty cards/envelopes and they were all returned back to me. Do they allow in other prisons? No idea.

What I'd do if you can't find the answer is buy a cheap card from the dollar store and see if they let it through. If not worst case is they trash it. That's what I plan to do since he's since been transferred See if this new one will let them through.
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any " blank" paper or envelopes will be pitched or returned with the inmate being charged to return. they want you to buy in there . how you can get around this I know with paper etc is right at the top write something on each sheet they can tear that part off and still use it
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Default Newsletter in Manila Envelope Returned - Colored Envelope

We just had our Freedom Anywhere newsletter returned because it was not in a white envelope. I don't see any mention of such rules changes here but we'll include our Pennsylvania inmate readers with folks from Kentucky, Virginia and Michigan and send the newsletter in white envelopes, hand addressed in black or blue ink.

Anybody else have further news of these changes in PA?

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We just had our Freedom Anywhere newsletter returned because it was not in a white envelope. I don't see any mention of such rules changes here but we'll include our Pennsylvania inmate readers with folks from Kentucky, Virginia and Michigan and send the newsletter in white envelopes, hand addressed in black or blue ink.

Anybody else have further news of these changes in PA?

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Yes , everything has to be mailed in white envelopes to inmates now even cards , its on the pa doc website !
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I have sent a lot in manilla envelopes. I am experimenting right now. I found a website where you can print otherwise expensive books if you have a monthly membership. I put it in a usps flat rate envelope inside two separate manilla envelopes so they aren't handing him a bunch of loose sheets. It's worth a try, the worst ill lose is the $6.65. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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Manila envelopes are the exception. I use them all the time.
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