FCI Marianna Correspondence

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Outgoing Correspondence

Outgoing mail may be inspected by staff and must be unsealed when deposited in the institution mailbox. The outgoing envelope must have the inmate’s name, registration number, return address, and correct zip code in the upper left hand corner. Inmates must assume responsibility for the contents of all of 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 appeal. There is no mail service on weekends and holidays.

Incoming Correspondence

First class mail is distributed Monday through Friday (except holidays) and ordinarily by the evening watch officer in each living unit. Newspapers and magazines are also delivered at this time. Accountable, legal and special mail will be delivered by the case manager or counselor 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. You are asked to advise those writing to you to put your registration number and unit on the envelope to aid the prompt delivery of mail. All inmate packages received at the institution must have prior authorization. Packages without authorization will be returned to the local post office.

Incoming Publications

The Bureau permits inmates to subscribe to and receive publications without prior approval. 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 catalogs. At the FCI, an inmate may receive soft- cover publications (paperback books, newspaper clippings, magazines, and other similar items) only from a publisher, from a book club, or from a bookstore, At the Camp, an inmate may receive soft-cover publications from any source.

The Unit Manager may make an exception to the provisions to this section if the publication is no longer available from the publisher, book club or book store. The Unit Manager shall require that the inmate provide written documentation that the publication is no longer available from these sources. The approval of any request for an exception is to be documented, in writing, on an Authorization to Receive a Package which will be used to secure the item. An inmate may receive hard-cover publications only from a publisher or a book club. Accumulation of publications will be limited to five (5) magazines (not to be more than three (3) months old) and to the amount that can be neatly stored in the locker and/or shelf provided in each room because of sanitation, and fire safety reasons. 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, 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.

It 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 that by its nature or content poses a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution.

Special Mail

“Special Mail” is a category of correspondence which may be sent out of the institution unopened and unread by staff, which includes correspondence to: President and Vice-President of the United States, U.S. Department of Justice (including Bureau of Prisons), U.S. Attorneys’ 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 the U.S. Congress, Embassies and Consulates, Governors, State Attorneys General, Prosecuting Attorneys, Directors of State Departments 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.


This institution has an Inmate Telephone System (ITS). The ITS has both debit and collect calling capabilities. Phone conversations are limited to fifteen minutes, with a fifteen-minute waiting period after a successfully completed call. Each inmate is limited to thirty (30) telephone numbers. Inmates may transfer phone credits seven days a week after 4:30 p.m. utilizing the ITS. Inmates will be given written telephone procedures upon receipt of a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the Business Office. Emergency calls will be handled through unit staff or the Chaplain on a case-by-case basis. Three-way phone calls are not permitted and will result in disciplinary action. All inmate calls are subject to being monitored.
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