Scales and postal charts are available in the Law Library during all operational hours. The Mail Rooms Open House hours is 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM , Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays. Services available are limited to registered, insured, certified and return receipt mail. There is no mail service on weekends and holidays.
All inmates are held exclusively responsible for the contents of their letters and are, therefore, subject to prosecution for any violations of Federal Postal Laws. Inmates are also subject to institutional discipline for a violation of mail regulations involving contraband. Inmates who are unable to accept the responsibility of unrestricted correspondence will be placed on restricted correspondence status. Inmates may be placed on restricted correspondence status based on misconduct or as a matter of classification. The inmate is notified of this placement and has the opportunity to respond. Special permission is not required to correspond in languages other than English.
Inmates who wish to write inmates at other institutions (federal, state, a local facility or any CCC’s) must have the approval of both Wardens (or CEO). Inmates should furnish their counselor with a Request to Staff Member (Cop-Out), listing names and addresses of the inmates with whom they wish to correspond. However, formal, written approval must be obtained prior to sending or receiving such correspondence.
Inmates’ outgoing mail must have as a return address the following:
Federal Correctional Institution
Inmate Register Number
5701 8th Street Camp Parks Dublin, CA 94568
Using the abbreviation of (FCI) as the return address will result in mail being returned to inmates.
Inmates’ incoming mail must reflect the inmates committed name. Correspondents are encouraged to use the register number and Unit to ensure proper delivery.
Inmates may not receive packages in the mail. A package includes any box or envelope more than sixteen (16) ounces, been padded, reinforced or contains any material other than paper. Unauthorized packages are rejected at the local Post Office and returned to the sender marked “Unauthorized Package.” The inmate does not receive a notice the item was refused.
“Special Mail” means correspondence sent to the following: President and Vice President of the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice (including the Bureau of Prisons), U.S. Attorney’s Office, Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Secretary of the Army, Navy or Air Force, U.S. Courts (including
U.S. Probation Officers), Members of the U.S. Congress, Embassies and Consulates, Governors, State Parole Commissioners, State Legislators, State Courts, State Probation Officers, other Federal and State law enforcement officers, an attorney’s and representatives or the news media.
All incoming inmate mail, except “legal mail,” is opened by the Mail Room Officer to inspect for unauthorized items and contraband.
Unit Staff will deliver legal or special mail daily. The inmate is required to present their identification card and sign for the mail. It will be opened by the staff member in front of the inmate.
In the absence of adequate identification and the “legal mail” marking (Legal Mail – Open only in the presence of the inmate) appearing on the envelope, staff may treat the mail as general correspondence and may open, inspect and read as general mail.
NOTE: Clearly marked “special mail” from the Chambers of the Judge or a member of the U.S. Congress, will automatically be handled as “special mail” even without the special marking.
Inmates are asked to advise those writing to them to put the inmate’s registration number and Unit in the envelope to aid the prompt delivery of mail.
The Warden will reject a publication if it is determined to be detrimental to the security, good order or discipline of the institution, or if it might facilitate criminal activity. Publications which may be rejected by the Warden include, but are not limited to, publications which meet one of the following criteria:
- It depicts or describes procedures for the construction or use of weapons, ammunition, bombs, or incendiary devices, depicts encourages, or describes methods of escape from correctional facilities, or contains blueprints, drawings, or similar descriptions of Bureau of Prisons’ institutions
- It depicts or describes procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages or the manufacture of drugs
- It is written in code
- It depicts, describes, or encourages activities which may lead to the use of physical violence or group disruption
- It encourages or instructs in the commission of criminal activity
- It is sexually explicit material
- It features nudity
Correspondence with Representatives of the News Media
The inmate may not receive compensation or anything of value for correspondence with the news media. The inmate may not act as a reporter, publish under a byline, or conduct a business or profession while in Bureau custody.
Representatives of the news media may initiate correspondence with an inmate. Correspondence from a representative of the news media will be opened, inspected for contraband, for qualification as media correspondence, and for content which is likely to promote either illegal activity or conduct contrary to regulations.
Notification of Rejection
Change of Address/Forwarding of Mail
Certified and Registered Mail
The INMATES TELEPHONE SYSTEM II (ITS II) was established by the Department of Justice to relieve the burden of collect calls on the families. The ITS II gives the inmate the ability to make 300 total minutes of direct and collect calls for the month. If an inmate exhausts her 300 minute limitation and needs to make an emergency call, she must submit an Inmate Request to Staff Member (Cop-Out) to the Unit Manager, identifying the basis for the need. The Warden is the ultimate approving authority.
Rules and Regulations
Legal Telephone Calls
To request reinstatement, if desired. The request must include the inmates name, register number, telephone number blocked and a copy of the phone bill with the telephone number indicated.