TRUST FUND LIMITED INMATE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM (TRULINCS)
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.
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.
Special Mail From the Attorneys to the Inmate
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.