In most cases, you are permitted to correspond with the public, family members, and others without prior approval or the maintenance of a correspondence list. Outgoing general correspondence is placed in mailboxes located in each housing unit. The outgoing envelope must have your name, register number, complete spelling of institution, i.e., Federal Correctional Complex and return address in the upper left hand corner.
You must assume responsibility for the contents of all your 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. You will be notified of this placement and have an opportunity to respond.
There is no mail service at this institution on weekends and holidays.
First class mail is distributed Monday through Friday (except holidays) by the Evening Watch Officer in each Unit. Newspapers and magazines may also be delivered at this time. Inmates will be placed on call-out Tuesday through Thursday and paged on Friday by Correctional Systems staff to pick up legal and special mail. Inmates in the Special Housing Unit will receive their mail by the Unit Team. The number of incoming letters an inmate may receive will not be limited unless the number received places an unreasonable burden on the institution.
To aid in the prompt delivery of your mail, please advise those writing to you to put your register number and unit on the envelope.
All inmate packages received at the institution must have prior authorization, or be marked on the front of the package as to contents, if authorized by BOP policy. (i.e., Magazines Enclosed, Authorized Reading Material, Legal Material.)
The Bureau permits inmates to subscribe to and receive publications without prior approval. The term “publication” means a book and single issues of a magazine or newspaper. Inmates may receive hardcover publications and newspapers only from the publisher, a book club, or a bookstore. Additionally, at medium security, high security, and administrative institutions, an inmate may receive soft-cover publications (for example, paperback books, newspaper clippings, magazines, and other similar items) only from the publisher, a book club, or a bookstore. At minimum security and low security institutions, an inmate may receive soft-cover publications (other than newspapers) from any source. Publications printed on pulp-like paper stock, folded and/or divided into sections are considered newspapers.
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 the commission of criminal activity.
* It is sexually explicit material.
“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. 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 the U.S. Congress, Embassies and Consulates’ Governors, State Attorney Generals, 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.
Incoming Special Mail
A designated staff member opens incoming Special Mail in the presence of the inmate. This is usually done by a unit team member. These items will be checked for physical contraband and for qualification as special mail; the correspondence will not be read or copied if the sender has accurately identified himself/herself on the envelope, and the front of the envelope clearly indicates that the correspondence is special mail only to be opened in the presence of the inmate. Without adequate identification as Special Mail, the staff may treat the mail as general correspondence. In this case, the mail may be opened, read, and inspected.
Outgoing Special Mail
Special/Legal mail will be sealed by the sending inmate with the sender’s name and correct return address on envelope. The inmates housed at the Medium/Low facilities will hand deliver their outgoing Special/Legal Mail to staff at Receiving & Discharge (R&D), Monday-Friday between 6:15 a.m.- 6:30 a.m. Inmates housed at the Camp or in Special Housing Unit will hand deliver outgoing Special/Legal mail to the Evening Watch Officer, Monday-Friday, for processing. Special/Legal mail weighing 16 ounces or greater will be sealed by the inmates, and processed according to the Mail Management Supplement. All Special/Legal mail will be scanned by X-Ray daily prior to be taken to the local Post Office.
Inmate Correspondence with Representatives of the News Media: You may write through Special Mail procedures to representatives of the news media if specified by name or title. You may not receive compensation or anything of value for correspondence with the news media. You may not act as a reporter, publish under a byline, or conduct a business or profession while in Bureau custody.
Representatives of the news media may initiate correspondence with you. Correspondence from a representative of the news media will be opened, inspected for contraband, for qualification as media correspondence, and for content which is likely to promote either illegal activity or conduct contrary to regulations.