FCI Ashland Correspondence

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Telephone Calls

A telephone for long distance, collect, or direct calls is located in your living unit. You are encouraged to maintain contact with family and friends. The phone is available from early morning wake-up until lights out in the evening, seven days a week. All telephones in this institution are subject to monitoring. You may receive assistance from your Unit Team for attorney and/or emergency calls. You are prohibited from making third party or 800/900 calls.


The Bureau Of Prisons (Bureau) Trust Fund Limited Inmate Communications Systems (TRULINCS) provides communication capabilities and other services beneficial to inmates. This program is intended to improvethe ability of inmates to efficiently and economically maintain contact with persons in the community.

The TRULINCS program provides an inmate with electronic communication system which does not jeopardize the safety, security, or orderly operation of the correctional facility, or the protection of the public. The service related features are designed to give inmates improved access to account information, sending funds, establishment and update of personal contacts, mailing labels, and printservices. Inmates participating in this program do not have access to the Internet.

User Service Fees: Inmates will be charged $.05 per minute in Program fees for using TRULINCS Public Messaging services. There will be no charge to check for new messages received since their previous session. Inmates will be required to purchase minutes of session time using TRULINCS. Inmates must purchase time in the following minute increments: 40, 100, 200, 300, and 600.

The TRULINCS pilot program will not be available to inmates without funds to purchase the minimum increment of minutes.

Printing Fees: Inmates may elect to print their messages using the specially designated print stations. Inmates will be charged three minutes ($.15) per each printed page. Multiple page messages will be printed front and back (duplexed) and count as two pages per sheet of paper. Example: A two page message will be printed front and back on one sheet of paper and cost six minutes ($.30).

Free Services: Service fees will not apply to view personal account transactions, preparing and printing Form BP-199 for withdrawal of an inmate personal funds, looking at or updating a contact list, printing mailing address labels, referencing Law Library material via the Electronic Law Library(ELL), or staff messaging.

Hours of Operation: Ordinarily, the hours of operation will be 6:00 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. daily. This includes weekends and holidays. TRULINCS use shall not be permitted during scheduled working hours.

General Mail

If you choose to receive all general mail addressed to you, then the staff at this institution has the authority to open and inspect any of this mail before it is delivered. If you do not wish to have general mail opened and inspected, the institution will return the mail to the Post Office. It is your responsibility to choose whether you do or do not want general mail delivered to you. A special form is used for you to indicate your choice.

Special Mail

Outgoing Special Mail includes mail to the President or Vice President of the United States, members of the United States Congress, Embassies and Consulates, the United States Department of Justice (including the Bureau of Prisons), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers, State Attorney General, Prosecuting Attorneys, Governors, United States Courts, State Courts and representatives of the news media. Incoming Special Mail from the President,Vice President, members of the U.S. Congress, Senate, and Chambers of the Judge require no special mail markings.

Special Mail received from a private attorney must meet two criteria: first, the sender must be identified as an attorney and secondly, the mail must be marked on the outside by the person who mailed it to you with a notice—-”SPECIAL MAIL—-OPEN ONLY IN THE PRESENCE OF INMATE”.

Special mail received from embassies and consulates, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal law enforcement officers, State Attorneys General, Prosecuting Attorneys, Governors, U.S. and State Courts must have the “Special Mail” logo highlighted above.

Special mail will be opened in your presence by a staff member, normally the Mail Room Officer, and inspected for contraband.


You may purchase postage stamps in the Commissary. You are not permitted to have in your possession more than 60 postage stamps. An inmate with no funds may obtain additional stamps from his Unit Team for legal purposes only.

Incoming Publications

You may purchase newspapers or magazines from outside sources or other persons may order subscriptions for you. All publications will be inspected and reviewed before delivery to you. Magazines and paperback books may be sent to the institution from any source. Hard backed books and newspapersmust be mailed directly from a publisher, book club, book store, or dot.com company like BarnesandNoble.com.

Writing Manuscripts

You are permitted to prepare manuscripts for private use or publication without institutional approval. The regulations concerning correspondence also apply to writing and mailing of manuscripts. You should check the current Policy Statement on Inmate Manuscripts, which is available in the Law Library.

Special Mail From the Attorneys to the Inmate

It is suggested you provide this instruction sheet for special mail privileges to your attorney(s) who is representing you, at the earliest opportunity, when you write to or visit with your attorney.

TO THE ATTORNEY: The Bureau of Prisons Program Statement on Correspondence provides the opportunityfor an attorney who is representing an inmate to request that attorney-client correspondence be opened only in the presence of the inmate. For this to occur, Bureau Policy requires that you adequately identify yourself as an attorney on the envelope be marked “Special Mail Open Only in Presence of the inmate” or with similar language clearly indicating that your correspondence qualifies as special mail and that you are requesting that this correspondence be opened only in the presence of the inmate. Provided the correspondence has this marking, Bureau staff will open the mail only in the inmate’s presence for inspection for physical contraband and the qualifications of any enclosure as special mail. The correspondence will not be read or copied if these procedures are followed. If your correspondence does not contain the required identification that you are an attorney, a statement that your correspondence be opened only in the presence of the inmate, staff may treat the mail as general correspondence and may open, inspect, and read the mail.

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