Mail is truly a privilege to both outgoing and incoming mail. And, when that mail is destined for an inmate one serving time in a correctional facility that privilege takes a twist.
The only thing a corrections facility will provide to a prisoner is a place to sleep, access to medical care when needed, and three meals a day. Everything else is up to the visitor who comes to see an inmate, including the mail.
There are some rules to follow regarding sending mail and postcards to jail. Read on to learn more!
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1. Preparing Your Package
It is important to check with the inmate’s facility to make sure the package meets their regulations and specifications.
To ensure the package reaches the inmate, make sure to use an inmate search. Make sure to write their full name and inmate number on it and include the facility name and address.
This way, you can make sure that it will reach the right inmate facility. Verify that the package is secured properly and follow up with the facility to ensure that the package was received promptly. Following these tips will help the package make it through smoothly and without issue.
2. Include a Return Address
The return address should include your name and full address. Not providing a return address may result in the mail being returned as undeliverable.
When sending mail, one should also make sure that the return address is legible. For added security, the return address should not contain the inmate’s name.
3. Be Mindful of the Contents
Any mail that includes inappropriate material can be rejected. Always make sure to remove any stickers, glue, glitter, or other decorative materials from the envelope. Depending on the facility, photos may be permitted but should never be too risqué and should never contain nudity or any violent content.
Similarly, books must be paperback and must be sent directly from the publisher or bookseller. The mail should be addressed to the facility as well as the inmate. Keep in mind that prisoners are not allowed to receive cash in the mail.
4. Seal the Package
As with any package, the sender should make sure that the seal is closed. Make sure to emphasize the need for a secure seal if mailing something containing documents.
Use packaging tape, box tape, or reinforced mailing tape to ensure that the package is properly sealed.
5. Be Patient
The mail system in prisons can be slow, and the mailroom can be quite busy. It is normal for a letter to take anywhere from two to four weeks to get to the inmate and for the inmate to receive a response. If letters have not been received, it is a good idea to check in with the mailroom.
Sometimes letters can be lost, and it may be necessary to contact the mailroom to figure out the issue. Inmates may not have constant access to their mail, so it may take longer than anticipated for them to get back to you.
Learn the Best Tips When Sending Mail to an Inmate
Sending mail to an inmate can be a great way to stay connected. It’s important to use the guidelines provided by the facility to ensure your mail is delivered. Knowing what to do and what not to do will help ensure the mail is delivered quickly and correctly to the recipient.
Contact the facility if you have any questions or concerns!
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Last Updated on June 24, 2023