You will be solely responsible for the contents of any correspondence you place in the mailbox. Outgoing regular mail must remain unsealed and will be inspected for contraband prior to being sealed. Legal mail may be sealed, but must be addressed to a legal address, i.e., Government Office, Attorney, etc. You may not write to persons in other penal institutions without prior approval from the Warden of both institutions. See your Unit Team for further instructions.
Incoming mail will be opened and inspected for contraband prior to delivery to the unit. An inmate wishing to order a publication should first communicate this request to his assigned unit team to ascertain whether individual issues of the publication are likely to be approved. If a publication is sent to the institution, the package should be clearly marked as to its contents (BOOKS, MAGAZINES, etc.). This will assist staff in ensuring the package contains authorized materials.
Sexually Explicit Publications or Publications Featuring Nudity
Publications from Publishers and Sellers Only
Special Mail (From Attorneys)
It is suggested you provide this information to the attorney(s) who is representing you at the earliest opportunity.
To the Attorney:
The Bureau of Prisons Program Statement regarding Correspondence provides the opportunity for 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 the envelope be clearly marked as “Legal Mail” with the attorney’s name, address, title (the title ofesquire does not qualify), etc., and that the front of the envelope be marked: “Open in the Presence of the Inmate,” or with similar language clearly indicating that this correspondence qualifies as special mail and that the attorney is requesting that this correspondence be opened in the presence of the inmate.When the correspondence has this marking, Bureau staff will open the mail only in the inmate’s presence, for inspection for physical contraband and the qualification for any enclosure as special mail. The correspondence will not be read or copied if these procedures are followed. If the correspondence is not clearly marked with the required identification that it is from an attorney, a statement that the correspondence qualifies as special mail, and a request that the 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.
Special Mail at FCI
Special Mail at SCP
Special Mail in the Special Housing Unit
Mail Not Meeting Special Mail Requirements
Each housing unit has telephones for your use between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. The calls made from these phones MUST be direct. No third party (3-way) calls or credit card billings are permitted. All calls are limited to 15 minutes. After completing a call, you will have a 30 minute waiting period before the phone system will allow you to make another call. Using the telephone during count time is prohibited. You will only be allowed 300 minutes per month for telephone usage. The 1st of each month begins your 300 minutes. Regardless of the number of minutes you did not use for the previous month, your minutes start over on the first day of the next month. There is no carry-over for the minutes you did not use. All telephone calls are monitored, and your use of the telephone is considered as your implied consent to have your phone conversation recorded.
You may make direct calls outside of the United States using your own funds from your account. Your family may establish a prepaid account that will allow you to make collect calls outside of the United States. See your Correctional Counselor for more details. Unmonitored calls to your attorney will be coordinated by a member of your unit team. Written requests should be routed to your Correctional Counselor.
At no time will you be allowed to make a three way phone call. Three way phone calls are described as you calling home, and having the person you are talking to establish a secondary line of communication by calling a cell phone.
Due to the increased use of Electronic Communication Devices, e.g., cellular telephones within the institution, any inmate found in possession of any such device or related equipment may be charge with a violation of Code 108, Possession, Manufacture, or Introduction of a hazardous tool, or Code 199 most like Code 108. Inmates will be subject to available sanctions if found to have committed the prohibited act.
You will automatically be issued a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for use in placing phone calls. You are only authorized to use your own PIN. At no time are you authorized to allow any inmate, (relative) to use your pin number. You may only call telephone numbers that are placed on your approved telephone list (family, friends, attorney, etc.). It is your responsibility to complete a telephone list and submit it to your Correctional Counselor as soon as you arrive on your assigned floor.