INCOMING mail is processed by ISM Staff. All general correspondence is opened and inspected for contraband. Correspondence from attorneys will be treated as Special Mail (delivered by Mail Room Staff, opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate) if it is properly marked. The envelope must be marked with the attorney’s name and an indication that he or she is an attorney. 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 about this policy. If legal mail is not properly marked, it will be opened as general correspondence.
Newspapers and magazines may be received on a regular basis by subscription and must be receive directly from the publisher.
You may receive hardcover books from a publisher, book club or book store. You are limited to five books, two current magazines and one current newspaper in your possession at any time. Education or Religious materials for ongoing courses are exempt from this requirement.
The following items may not be mailed into the institution:
3.Unused Greeting Cards, including the Small Plastic Cards.
4.Musical Greeting Cards.
5.Nude Photographs (Including Magazines).
First-class mail and publications are distributed Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, after the 4:00 P.M. count. Inmates are required to attend mail call. All mail received from the U.S. Post Office is normally processed for delivery the same day it arrives.
The ONLY authorized express service for approved packages and letter receipt is via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail. Express Mail received for inmates is processed as first-class mail upon receipt at the institution. Mail from Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and like companies is not accepted for delivery to inmates.
An authorization must be on file in the Mail Room prior to a package arrival at the institution. If there is no authorization, the package will be refused at the
U.S. Post Office and returned to sender. A copy of the signed authorization must be enclosed inside the package. Authorization may be obtained from the appropriate department, the Unit Team, the Chaplain, Education, or Health Services.
General correspondence will be deposited in the mailbox located in the housing units. Outgoing mail may be sealed. Special mail (legal mail) for inmates may be dropped off in the Lieutenant’s office during the following times: Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Saturday – Sunday and Federal holidays 9:00 a.m to 9:15 a.m., which may be sealed. Express mail and C.O.D. services are not available for inmate outgoing mail.
All mail addressed to or from an inmate must contain the following information:
Committed Name Register Number Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 779800 Miami, Florida 33177
All outgoing inmate mail will display an appropriate return address in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. This will include the full name of the facility as “Federal Correctional Institution” and not the acronym “FCI.” Any outgoing mail that does not contain the appropriate return address will be return to the inmate for correction.
Correspondence between confined federal inmates requires the approval of the Unit Manager at each institution. Correspondence between inmates at non-federal facilities requires the approval of the Warden at each institution. An inmate may correspond with family members or co-defendants (ongoing legal action in which both parties are involved) at other penal or correctional institution after this information has been verified by your unit team. To request this communication a cop out should be submitted to your unit team.
This office is responsible for the legal commitment and release of offenders. Newly committed offenders will receive a sentence computation with a projected release date once it is completed. This normally occurs within thirty days of your arrival at the institution. For those inmates who transfer in from other institution, a new computation sheet will not necessarily be sent to you if there is no change in your projected release date.
Offenses committed after September 13, 1994 will be subject to the Violent Crime Control and law Enforcement Act and will be determined by Case Management to be either violent or non-violent. Offenses committed after April 26, 1996 will be subject to the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Both of these laws affect the discipline policy and the award, disallowance, and/or forfeiture of good conduct time.