FCI Edgefield Correspondence

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Stamps are obtained through the Unit Manager and are issued on a “need only” basis. You will be able to purchase stamps from the Commissary on your purchase day. You may buy three books of stamps at any one time and may have a maximum of three books of stamps in your possession at any one time. One book contains 20 stamps. You may not receive stamps, or anything else of value, in the mail. Any unauthorized items will be returned to the sender. Correspondence will not be restricted as long as you do not abuse the privilege. You may not receive packages through the mail without prior written approval.

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.


Inmates are permitted only the allotted number of books(5), whether hard or soft-cover.


Inmates are permitted only five magazines in their possession at any given time. Magazine subscriptions must be pre-paid. Inmates may pre-pay for subscriptions by using a “Request for Withdrawal of Inmate’s Personal Funds,” initiated through his unit team or by having a subscription pre-paid from outside the institution.


Newspapers, including newspaper clippings, must come directly from the publisher or bookstore.

Sexually Explicit Publications or Publications Featuring Nudity

Section 614 of the Fiscal Year 1997 Omnibus Budget Act (P.L. 104¬208) prohibits federal institutions from distributing or making available to inmates any commercially published material which is sexually explicit or features nudity. This includes drawing, sketches, pre-printed stationery, internet pages, etc. Any item containing sexually explicit material will be rejected and returned to the publisher or sender in accordance with thisProgram Statement.

Publications from Publishers and Sellers Only

All books (including soft cover and hardcover), magazines, and newspapers (including clippings) are to be received only from the publisher or bookstore. At no time will inmates be permitted to receive these items from any other source (including a personal residence). Items received from other sources will be rejected and returned to the sender using the Stamps, Negotiable Instrument, or Other Items Returned to Sender form, BP-328(58), with copies being distributed as indicated on the form. Some types of publications that could jeopardize the security and the orderly running of the institution are strictly prohibited and will be returned to the publisher. Some examples of these magazines and/or publications are ones that explain weapons and explosive manufacturing, as well as martial arts training materials.

Legal Mail

Legal mail, if properly documented as legal mail, will be opened in your presence by the Correctional Counselor or other unit staff. It is your responsibility to inform your attorney of the procedures for handling Special Mail (see below). Special Mail is mail correctly marked and received from: President and Vice President of the United States, attorneys, Members of the U.S.Congress, Embassies, Consulates, U.S. Department of Justice (excluding the Bureau of Prisons, but including U.S. Attorneys),other federal law enforcement officers, state Attorneys General,Prosecuting Attorneys, Governors, U.S. Courts (including U.S.Probation Officers), and State Courts.

Special Mail (From Attorneys)

To the Inmate:
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

All special mail must be hand delivered by the inmate to the mail room staff. Mail room staff will accept special mail each morning, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, beginning at 6:15 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. Additionally, mail room staff will also accept special mail each afternoon from 2:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Inmates are required to have their inmate account card as verification of their identity when they drop off their special mail. Mail room staff will properly identify the inmate and verify the outgoing mail meets all the necessary criteria to be treated as special mail.

Special Mail at SCP

All special mail must be hand delivered by the inmate to the mail room staff. Mail room staff will accept special mail each morning, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, beginning at 7:10 a.m. until 7:40 a.m. Inmates will be required to have their inmate account card as verification of their identity when they drop off their special mail. Mail room staff will properly identify the inmate and verify the outgoing mail meets all the necessary criteria to be treated as special mail.

Special Mail in the Special Housing Unit

A mail room staff member will make daily rounds to the Special Housing Unit each Monday through Friday, excluding holidays for the purpose of retrieving any special mail from inmates housed there. These rounds will be made at approximately 3:00 p.m. each day. Inmates must personally hand the mail directly to the mail room officer. No mail will be accepted that has been “left” in the door for staff. Staff will identify the inmate utilizing the posted bed book card located outside the cell door and verify the outgoing mail meets all the necessary criteria to be treated as special mail.

Mail Not Meeting Special Mail Requirements

Any mail received from an inmate at the FCI, the SCP, or Special Housing Unit that does not meet the policy requirements to be treated as Special/Legal Mail, will be returned immediately to the inmate. The mail room staff will indicate to the inmate why the mail does not meet the necessary criteria.


Use of telephones (for social calls) is a privilege, not a right. This privilege may be suspended or revoked for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of conduct.
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.

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