Mail depositories are located within each housing unit. All outgoing general mail will be unsealed, in the depository. The Special/Legal mail needs to be hand carried to the R&D between the hours of 10:45 A.M. and 12:00 Noon. All mail addressed to the President and Vice President of the United States, the US Department of Justice, the Bureau of Prisons, Attorneys, Surgeon General, US Public Health Service, Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, US Courts, US Probation Officers, Members of the United States Congress, Embassies and Consulates, Governors, State Attorney Generals, Directors of the State Department of Corrections, State Parole Commissioners, State Legislators, State Courts, State Probations Commissions, State Legislators, State Courts, State Probation Officers, other Federal/State Law Enforcement Officers, Attorneys and Representatives of the News Media, and should be clearly marked as Special/Legal Mail.
You are cautioned that you are totally responsible for all the contents of your letters through prisoner’s mail box. Any violation of postal laws could result in charges against you.
Mail Room staff will collect all outgoing general mail from the control center at 7:45 AM, Monday – Friday, excluding holidays. All mail must have a return address, including the following: Name, register number, unit assignment, and Federal Correctional Complex-Medium, PO BOX 1032, Coleman, Florida, 33521. Outgoing general mail may NOT be sealed. Mail not properly identified will not be processed and will be returned to sender for completion.
All incoming mail will be opened and checked for contraband by staff. Legal/ Special Mail which will be opened in your presence is mail from the President and Vice President of the United States, Attorneys, Embassies and Consulates, the US Department of Justice (excluding the Bureau of Prisons but including the US Attorney’s) other Federal Law Enforcement Offices, State Attorney Generals, Governors, US Courts (including US Probation Officers,) and State Courts, when the sender has been adequately identified on the envelope and the front of the envelope has been marked “Special Mail – Open only in the presence of the inmate” (or similar Language.) It is the responsibility of the inmate to advise any attorney of this procedure. If not properly marked and identified as special mail, correspondence will be treated as general correspondence and opened and inspected.
Clearly identified mail from the chambers of a judge and from a member of the United States Congress will not require the special mail marking, but will be processed as “Special Mail” and opened in the presence of the inmate.
Rejection of Mail
• Any material which would violate postal regulations (e.g., obscene, lewd, or vulgar statements, threats of blackmail, contraband, or indications of escape.) Discussion of criminal activities. Letters containing codes or other attempts to circumvent mail regulations.
• Inmates cannot engage in any type of business and will be sanctioned for doing so.
• Retention of any magazine or literature of a sexually explicit nature will not be allowed.
There is no limit as to the number or length of letters that you write or receive, but it is expected that you will protect this privilege by keeping them to a reasonable amount. Inmates will not be permitted to seal outgoing correspondence.
You may send correspondence by first class, priority, fourth class, registered, certified, or insured mail, and may request a return receipt by placing the required postage stamps on same. Postage stamps, in different denominations, can be purchased through the inmate commissary.
Mail Open House Hours
Inmate Telephone System
All inmates will be given a phone access code (PAC). This code will be established for an inmate upon arrival. The access code will be provided to the inmate by the Unit Counselor upon entry of the inmate’s telephone numbers into the ITS system.
If it is determined that negligence on the part of the inmate has compromised his PAC number, the inmate will have to pay a fee of $5.00 to help defray the cost of establishing a new PAC number.
Purchasing Phone Credits
Inmates should make every effort to expend all telephone credits before transfer or release. If an inmate would like a copy of his/her telephone account statement, the cost is $3.00 per 30 day period.
Telephone time Limits
Phone Access Code
Monitoring and Recording of Calls
Only one inmate telephone in the housing units will be available during work hours. P.S. 5264.07, Telephone Regulations for Inmates, dated January 31, 2002, states in part, “Inmates’ access to telephone will be limited…Monday through Friday, not including holidays. Inmates are expected to be at their work assignments and must not use the telephone during their work hours.” Policy further states, “For inmates who work varied shifts…institutions may leave one telephone per unit available for inmates on days off, or evening shift, such as food service workers, UNICOR workers, etc.”
Inmates found in possession of an electronic communication device, such as a cellular telephone, phone charger, pager, two-way radio, or any other related equipment, may be charged with a violation of code 108, Possession, Manufacture, or Introduction of a Hazardous Tool, or code 199, most like code 108, and will be subject to available sanctions, if found to have committed the prohibited act.
Inmates may not place calls to telephone numbers for which all the actual expenses for the call cannot be directly and immediately deducted from the inmate’s account. Examples include telephone calls to 1-888, 1-900, 1-976, or credit card access numbers.