All general outgoing correspondence will not be sealed and is to be placed in the mail box located in each unit. You must spell out Federal Correctional Complex, Federal Correctional Institution, United States Penitentiary, or Federal Prison Camp on all outgoing mail. Legal Mail will be taken to mail room staff during open house, verified with the inmate’s identification card, and sealed at that time. Legal Mail is not to be placed in the mail box located outside the mail room. The institutional address for FCI I, FCI II, and USP inmates is as follows:
Committed Name, Register Number, Your Institution (FCI I, FCI II or USP) Victorville, Federal Correctional Institution #1 P.O. Box 3725, Adelanto, CA 92301 Federal Correctional Institution #2 P.O. Box 3850, Adelanto, CA 92301 United States Penitentiary P.O. Box 3900, Adelanto, CA 92301
Plain white envelopes are available for purchase in the commissary. Plain white envelopes will be provided to inmates who are deemed indigent. Inmates must put their return address to include: name, register number, and institutional address in the upper left corner of the envelope. Inmates assume responsibility for the contents of their letters. Correspondence containing threats, extortion, etc., may result in prosecution for violation of federal laws or disciplinary action.
Mail is ordinarily distributed Monday through Friday (except holidays) by the unit officer. Newspapers and magazines will also be delivered at this time. Special mail and legal mail will be delivered to inmates by R&D or mailroom staff through open house or as needed within 24 hours of receipt. Any negotiable instruments received through the mail will be rejected and returned to sender.
Bureau of Prisons staff have the authority to open all mail addressed to you before it is delivered to you. 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) may be opened only in your presence to be checked for contraband.
This procedure occurs only if the sender adequately identifies himself (full name and title) on the envelope and the envelope is marked Special Mail: Open Only in the Presence of the Inmate. Other mail may be opened by staff.
Inmate Correspondence with Representatives of News Media: Correspondence from news media representatives will be opened and inspected for contraband, qualification as media correspondence, and content. Correspondence sent to the news media is treated as Special Mail if marked as noted above, but mail received from the news media is not.
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 the 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 the request is made.