FCI Fairton Correspondence

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Inmate Telephone System/Trufone

The Associate Warden (Programs) will oversee the inmate telephone usage at the FCI and FPC at Fairton, New Jersey. On occasion, there are Holdover inmates housed at FCI Fairton. The Inmate Telephone System (TruFone) is in operation at this facility which allows inmates to place collect and direct dial calls. In the main institution, all telephones will be on Monday through Friday in the housing units from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. With the exception of the telephone located farthest to the left in the inmate telephone room, telephones are available in each of the inmate housing units and are only for inmate use during their off duty time. The telephone located farthest to the left will remain activated for inmates who are on their day off from work, on vacation, or not scheduled to work during a particular shift. This phone will remain activated daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00p.m. Only these inmates are authorized to use this phone during non-phone hours. Unit Orderlies are not authorized to use the phone when in work status. No A.M. or P.M. workers are authorized to leave work to use the phone. Incident reports will be written for those inmates found violating any rules governing telephone usage. On weekends and holidays, the inmate telephones will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. These telephone hours will accommodate all inmates regardless of their days off and work hours. In the Satellite Federal Prison Camp (FPC), telephone hours will be Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On weekends and holidays, all inmate telephones in the FPC will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Upon your arrival, a telephone account will be established in your name. You will receive, in the mail, instructions on using the telephone system and a personal access number (PAC). This number is not to be shared with other inmates. Phone credits may be purchased at the Commissary daily at lunch time. Ordinarily, if purchased at lunch time, credits will be transferred to the phone accounts after 4:00 pm the same day. Use of the Inmate

Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System/Electronic Messaging-Trulincs

FCI inmates will have access to TRULINCS stations in each housing unit, excluding the Special Housing Unit (SHU). Camp inmates will have access to the system in the common area adjacent to the inmate dining hall. Inmates may access the public messaging system during authorized time frames and only after submitting a completed Inmate Agreement for Participation in TRULINCS Electronic Messaging Program form. By signing the agreement, the inmate has demonstrated their understanding of the Program rules and procedures.

User Fees: Inmates will be charged $.05 per minute in Program fees for using TRULINCS public messaging service. There will be no charge to check for new messages received since their previous session. Inmates must purchase time in the following minute increments: 40, 100, 200, 300, and 600 in order to use the public messaging function of TRULINCS. The TRULINCS public messaging function will not be available to inmates without funds to purchase the minimum increment of minutes. Inmates may access the TRULINCS at no charge to access account information, add/edit contact information, complete BP-199′s and initiate mailing labels. Printing Fees: Inmates may elect to print their messages or account/contact information using the designated print station Inmates will be charged three units ($.15) per each printed page. Multiple page messages will be printed front and back (duplexed) and count as two pages per sheet of paper. Example: A two page message will be printed front and back on one sheet of paper and cost six minutes ($.30). Inmates may print BP-199′s and mailing labels at no charge to the inmate.


The mail room has open house hours from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mail service is provided Monday through Friday. There is no service on weekends and holidays. First class mail is distributed by the evening watch officer in the living unit. Newspapers and magazines may also be delivered at this time. Legal and Special mail will be delivered by a member of the unit team as soon as possible after it is received. The number of incoming letters an inmate may receive will not be limited unless the number received places an unreasonable burden on the institution. In most cases, inmates are permitted to correspond with the public, family members, and others without prior approval or the maintenance of a correspondence list.

Mail Services Available

First and standard, certified, registered, and uninsured mail are available at the inmate’s expense. Stamp collecting, express mail,COD, USPS box service, UPS, and other private carriers are not provided. Postal rate charts are posted in the law library and the mail room. Postal scales are available in the mail room during open house hours. Mail Room Open House for packages is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am through 12:15 pm. However, legal/special mail (not including packages) will be accepted
daily during normal business days from the hours of 11:00 am through 12:15pm.

Mail Depositories

Outgoing general correspondence is placed in mailboxes located in the housing units. Outgoing mail may be inspected by staff and must be unsealed when deposited in the institution mailbox. Outgoing mail for inmates in the Camp may be sealed in accordance with the Bureau’s open correspondence privileges. This mail is placed in the respective mail depositories located in the unit. Note: In order to receive Legal/Special mail consideration, all Legal/Special mail for inmates located within the FCI compound must be hand delivered and verified by a Staff Member. Legal/Special mail deposited in the unit depositories will not be processed as legal/special mail and may be returned to the inmate. Inmates located in the Camp will also have their Legal/Special mail hand delivered and verified by a Staff Member. Additionally, outgoing legal/special mail weighing 16 ounces or greater will be processed as a package which includes the requirement to have unit team complete a BP-329 (Request – Authorization to Mail Inmate Package).

Inmates receive mail at the following address:

Federal Correctional Institution Fairton
P. O. Box 420
Fairton, New Jersey 08320

The outgoing envelope must have the inmate’s committed name, register number, institution name and return address in the upper left hand corner. If the address is not correct on the envelope, the letter will be returned to the inmate for completion. Inmates are responsible for the contents of all their letters. Correspondence containing threats, extortion, etc… may result in prosecution for violation of federal laws. 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.

Inmates are asked to advise those writing to them to put the inmate’s register number and unit on the envelope to aid the prompt delivery of mail.

All inmate packages received at the institution, with the exception of packages with proper special mail identification, must have prior authorization. Items which are available for purchase in the commissary will not be authorized through the package approval procedure. Packages from home are not authorized. Inmates wishing to have items mailed into the institution will send a Cop-Out to the respective department head (see below):

N Unit Manager: Release Clothing N Health Services Administrator: orthopedic shoes, arch supports, prescription glasses, prosthetic devices, and hearing aids.

N Chaplain: wedding bands.. Married inmates may be permitted to have their wedding bands as long as it is a plain band containing no stones and does not exceed the value limitations. Religious articles must be purchased through special purpose order using the approved catalogue. The Department Head will inform the inmate of the decision. If the request is approved, the Department Head will complete the appropriate authorization form (BP-331). The authorization form must be on file in the mail room prior to delivery of the authorized package. If the authorization is not on file in the mail room, the package will be automatically refused at the post office and returned to

Incoming Publications

The Bureau of Prisons permits inmates to subscribe to and receive publications. The term “publication” means a book, single issue of a magazine or newspaper, or materials addressed to a specific inmate such as advertising brochures, flyers, and catalogues. An inmate may receive publications from the following sources only: the publisher, a book club or a bookstore.

Publications may be rejected when received from an unauthorized source and when it is determined that the content is detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or if it might facilitate criminal activity. Inmates are notified in writing as to the
reason a publication is rejected.

Special Mail

“Special Mail” is a category of correspondence which may be sent out of the institution unopened and unread by staff, which includescorrespondence to: President and Vice President of the United States, U.S. Department of Justice (including Bureau of Prisons), U.S.Attorney’s Offices, Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, U.S. Courts, U.S. Probation Officers, Members of U.S. Congress, Embassies and Consulates, Governors, State Attorney Generals, Prosecuting Attorneys, Directors of State Department of Corrections, State Parole Commissioners, State Legislators, State Courts, State Probation Officers, other federal and state law enforcement officers, attorneys, and representatives of the news media. Special Mail also includes mail received from the following: President and Vice President of the United States, Attorneys, Members of U.S. Congress, Embassies and Consulates, the U.S. Department of Justice (excluding the Bureau of Prisons), other Federal Law Enforcement Officers, U.S. Attorneys, State Attorney Generals, Prosecuting Attorneys, Governors, U.S. Courts, and State Courts. All outgoing special mail must be hand delivered to a staff member. Unit staff members open incoming Special Mail in the presence of the inmate to which the mail is addressed. Special Mail is inspected for contraband and for qualification as Special Mail; however, it is not read or copied. Each piece of incoming Special Mail must adequately identify the sender by name, title, and the envelope must also bear the Special Mail marking: “Special Mail — Open only in the Presence of the Inmate.” An exception is made in that mail coming from members of the U.S. Congress and federal judges doesbnot require the Special Mail marking.

Legal Correspondence

Legal correspondence from attorneys will be treated as Special Mail if it is properly marked. The envelope must be marked with the attorney’s name and he/she must be clearly identified as an attorney. Further, the front of the envelope must be marked “Special mail– open only in the presence of the inmate.” It is the responsibility of the inmate to advise his attorney of this policy. If legal mail is not properly marked, it will be opened as general correspondence. The Special Mail Notice, form BP-493, is shown below. You may wish to send a copy to your attorney.

Correspondence Between Confined Inmates

An inmate may be permitted to correspond with an inmate confined in another penal or correctional institution. This is permitted if the other inmate is either a member of the immediate family or is party in a legal action (or witness) in which both parties are involved. Such correspondence may always be inspected and read by staff at the sending and receiving institutions (it may not be sealed by the inmate). The appropriate official at both institutions must approve the correspondence. The approval must be on file in the mail room prior to the delivery of the correspondence. Unit Staff will ensure a copy of the approval is forwarded to the mail room.

Rejection of Correspondence

The Warden may reject correspondence sent by or to an inmate if it is determined to be detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution, for the protection of the public, or if it might facilitate criminal activity. The rejection of correspondence will be in accordance with the program statement governing correspondence.

Notification of Rejection

The Warden will give written notice to the sender concerning the rejection of mail and the reason(s) for rejection. The sender of the rejected correspondence may appeal the rejection. The inmate will also be notified of the rejection of correspondence and the reasons for it. The inmate also has the right to appeal the rejection. The Warden shall refer the appeal to a designated officer other than the one who originally disapproved the correspondence. Rejected correspondence ordinarily will be returned to sender.

Change of Address/ Forwarding of Mail

Mail room staff will provide inmates with change of address cards required by the U.S. Postal Service. Upon request, these cards are given to inmates who are being released or transferred to notify correspondents of a change of address. General correspondence will be forwarded for 30 days. Any general correspondence received after the 30 days will returned to sender.


There are telephones on each side of the housing unit for inmate use. Direct dial and collect calls can be made. No third party or credit card calls can be made on these lines.

Telephones are to be used for lawful purposes only. Threats, extortion, etc… may result in prosecution. All inmate telephones are subject to monitoring and recording. Inmates must contact their Correctional Counselor or another member of the Unit Team to arrange an unmonitored attorney call. In order to use the direct dial telephones, inmates must purchase telephone credits (money moved from their commissary account to an ITS account) during the scheduled commissary hours. Telephone credit purchase forms are available on the unit and can be taken to the commissary during the noon meal (lunch). Inmates will be issued a personal identification number by institution staff, which will enable them to access their account. Inmates are authorized 20 telephone numbers assigned to their account, which must be approved by the Unit Team. Inmates are allowed to update their telephone lists on an as-needed basis. Inmates in Disciplinary Segregation (D/S) or Administrative Detention (A/D) may make a limited number of calls. Phone calls for inmates in D/S or A/D will either be placed by his respective Counselor or the Special Housing Unit Officer. Inmates in A/D will be permitted one social call every 30 days after being confined to this status for seven days. Inmates in D/S will be permitted one social call every 30 days after being confined in this status for 30 days. Institutional phones may not be used without permission of an Associate Warden.

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