Outgoing mail, except Special Mail, may not be sealed by inmates, and may be inspected and read by staff. All outgoing correspondence must include a return address including your full name, register number and the institution address; Federal Correctional Institution, 37910 N. 45th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85086.
Inmates must assume responsibility for the contents of their letters. Correspondence containing threats, extortion, etc., may result in prosecution for violation of federal laws.
General correspondence mail boxes are located in the housing units. Outgoing Special Mail must be delivered to a staff member. Inmate Systems staff member at mainline (Monday-Friday) and the Institution Duty Officer on weekends/holidays. Inmates in Special Housing and the Annex will give the mail to the on-duty Officer.
Mail is distributed Monday through Friday (except holidays) by the Evening Watch Officer. Newspapers and magazines will also be delivered at this time. All unclaimed mail will be returned to the sender. Staff have the authority to open and/or read your incoming general mail as necessary. This is done on a random basis to maintain security.
The mailroom will not accept funds enclosed with general correspondence. All funds must be mailed to the National Lockbox as stated on page 11 of this handbook.
If you do not want your general correspondence opened and read, the Institution will return it to the Postal Service. You must choose whether you want your general correspondence opened, read and delivered or returned by completing the “Acknowledgment of Inmate” during intake processing. Whatever your choice, your Special mail will be delivered to you and opened in your presence and inspected for contraband.
Special Mail (mail from the President and Vice President of the United States, attorneys, members of the United States Congress, Embassies and Consulates, the United States Department of Justice, excluding Bureau of Prisons, but including United States Attorneys, other federal law enforcement officers, State Attorney Generals, prosecuting attorneys, governors, United States Courts and State Courts) and Legal Mail will be delivered to you by a member of your Unit Team.
Special Mail and Legal Mail may be opened only in your presence to be checked for contraband. This procedure occurs only if the sender adequately identifies himself on the envelope and the envelope is marked “Special Mail –Open Only in the Presence of the Inmate.” Other mail may be opened and read by the staff.
CONTACT WITH THE NEWS MEDIA
An inmate may not receive compensation or anything of value for interviews with the news media. Requests for personal interviews may be made by either the inmate or a representative of the news media. These requests must be made within a reasonable time before the personal interview. The Warden will normally approve, or disapprove, an interview request within 24 to 48 hours of the time a request is made.
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CONFINED INMATES
Correspondence with an inmate confined in another penal or correctional institution is limited to immediate family members and co-defendants with a current and active case, excluding civil lawsuits. Contact a member of your Unit Team if you have questions regarding this matter.