INMATE TELEPHONE SYSTEM (TRUFACS)
numbers are not allowed.
Telephones are to be used for lawful purposes only. Threats, extortion, or other illegal activities may result in prosecution. All inmate telephones are subject to monitoring and recording. You must contact your unit team for an unmonitored legal call. FCI Estill has the Inmate TRUFONE system (TRUPHONE). This system uses a personal access code (PAC). It allows you to call up to 30 approved numbers. In order to use the system, you will have to transfer funds from your commissary account to your individual telephone account after 4:30 p.m. or on weekends. Forms for updating telephone numbers may be obtained from the unit counselor.
You will be given your confidential PAC (nine-digit) number. This will allow you to place a call by first entering the telephone number followed by your nine-digit PAC number within 2 business days of your arrival. All calls are automatically terminated after 15 minutes.
Changes to your phone list may be made up to three times monthly by submitting a request through the unit counselor. Changes can be made on an emergency basis only as determined by staff. The use of the telephone will not interfere with the institution’s schedules, programs, work assignments, or counts. When a count or census is conducted, all inmates on the telephone shall terminate their calls immediately.
During institution emergencies, use of the inmate telephone may be curtailed or terminated. Inmates are permitted to speak with individuals who are listed on their individually approved phone lists only. An inmate who places a phone call to an individual who is on his approved phone list MAY NOT permit another inmate to participate in the phone call AT ANY TIME.
Each inmate will be limited to 300 minutes of completed calls each month. This limitation will be calculated by combining your collect and direct calls. Your 300-minute limit will be re-validated on the same date as your commissary account re-validation. Please refer to the re-validation chart located in the section involving “Commissary Operations” to ascertain the date in which your phone time will be re-validated.
A written report of telephone charges is available for any 30-day period within the past 120 days upon payment of a fee of $3 for each 30-day period. A Request for Withdrawal of Inmate’s Personal Funds (BP 199) must be submitted to unit staff; to include the specific 30-day period for which a telephone account is requested. A list of denial code explanations is posted on each unit bulletin board or a copy can be obtained through your unit team.
You may correspond with the public, family members, and others without prior approval or the maintenance of a correspondence list, provided the correspondence does not present a risk to the security of the institution. General outgoing correspondence is placed in the mailbox located in each wing of the housing unit. The morning watch unit officer will inspect all outgoing general correspondence for contraband and seal each item before it is collected by the morning watch compound officer.
The outgoing envelope must have your name, registration number, and return address in the upper left hand corner. Special/ legal mail is brought directly to the mail room for processing at 7:00 am. It will not be taken at any other time in
You are responsible for the content of your letters. Correspondence containing threats, extortion, etc., may result in
prosecution for violation of Federal laws. You may be placed on restricted correspondence status based on misconduct or a matter of classification. You will be notified of this placement and have the opportunity to respond.
How to address mail to a prisoner:
Inmate Name, Inmate Number 00000-000
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 699
Estill, SC 29918-0699
Mail is ordinarily distributed by the evening watch officer Monday through Friday excluding weekends and holidays. Legal and Special mail will be issued to you by a unit team staff as soon as possible after it is received. The number of incoming letters you receive will not be limited unless it places an unreasonable burden on the institution. Advise ALL those writing to address the envelope with your register number and designated unit.
Incoming Publications: The Bureau of Prisons permits you to subscribe to and receive publications without prior approval. The term “publication” means a book, single issue of a magazine/newspaper, or materials addressed to a specific inmate, such as advertising brochures, flyers, and catalogs.
You may receive soft-cover publications (for example, paperback books, newspaper clippings, magazines, and other similar items)
only from the publisher, from a book club, or from a bookstore. You may receive hardcover publications and/or newspapers only
from a publisher, book store, or a book club. You may retain a total of five books, which may include a combination of soft and hard
cover books. Magazines are limited to five issues not to exceed 30 days old, and newspapers are limited to five not to exceed 7 days old. The unit manager may allow more space for legal publications upon request. 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, one of the following criteria:
1. It depicts or describes procedures for the construction or use of weapons, ammunition, bombs, or incendiary devices.
2. It depicts, encourages, or describes methods of escape from correctional facilities, or contains blueprints, drawings, or similar
descriptions of Bureau of Prisons’ institutions.
3. It depicts or describes procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages or the manufacture of drugs.
4. It is written in code.
5. It depicts, describes, or encourages activities which may lead to the use of physical violence or group disruption.
6. It encourages or instructs in the commission of criminal activity. It is sexually explicit material that, by its nature or content,
poses a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution, or facilitates criminal activity.
[Statutory restrictions requiring return of commercially published information or material which is sexually explicit or
features nudity $$540.72]. Section 614 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Omnibus Budget Act (P.L. 105-277) specifies:
“None of the funds made available in this Act to the Federal Bureau of Prisons may be used to distribute or make available any
commercially published information or material to a prisoner when it is made known to the Federal official having authority to
obligate or expend such funds that such information or material is sexually explicit or features nudity.”
Commercially published information or material means any book, booklet, pamphlet, magazine, periodical, newsletter, or similar
document, including stationery and greeting cards, published by any individual, organization, company, or corporation which is
distributed or made available through any means or media for a commercial purpose. This definition includes any portion
extracted, photocopied, or clipped from such items.
Nudity means pictorial depiction where genitalia or female breasts are exposed.
Features means the publication contains depictions of nudity or sexually explicit conduct on a routine or regular basis or promotes
itself based upon such depictions in the case of individual one-time issues. Publications containing nudity illustrative of medical,
educational may be excluded.
The following are examples of commercial publications which, based on current practices of the publisher, may be distributed to
inmates even though they may contain nudity because the publication does not feature nudity as defined by law: National
Geographic; Our Body, Our Selves; Sports Illustrated, Swimsuit Issue; Victoria’s Secret catalog. Any publication may change a
single issue or its general policies and practices at any time which would allow it to become acceptable or non-acceptable for
distribution. The above examples are guidelines only and are subject to change.
Sexually explicit means a pictorial depiction of actual or simulated sexual acts including sexual intercourse, oral sex, and
masturbation. Publications with sexual content which are not returned through application of the procedures in Section 7 are still
subject to rejection through application of the procedures in Section 6.b.(7) of the program statement. For example, publications
which contain sexually explicit text or which feature sado-masochism, bestiality, or which involve children may not meet the
definitions in this section for “sexually explicit” or “nudity,” but may be considered sexually explicit under Section 6.b. (7).