Regular outgoing mall at the FDC may not be sealed. All outgoing inmate mail will be picked up Monday through Friday in the units and delivered to the Mail Room for processing. You must place your full committed name, register number, and the institution’s return address on all outgoing mail as follows:
Federal Detention Center Honolulu, Hawaii
Post Office Box30080
Honolulu, Hawaii 96820
If this information is not on your letters, they will be returned to you. All incoming mail for the inmate population must be received through the United States Post Office. This includes all letter mail and packages. You are not allowed to correspond with inmates confined at other federal institutions without prior written approval by the Unit Manager of each inmate at the facility. Correspondence with inmates confined in non-federal institutions, requires prior written approval by the Warden at each facility.
Incoming legal/special mail must be clearly marked “Special Mail -Open only in the Presence of the Inmate.” This will avoid possible opening and screening as general mail. Mail is treated in accordance with the United States Postal Service Regulations. The BOP Program Statement on Correspondence and the Mail Management Manual are on file in the law library. Mail is delivered Monday through Friday before or after the 4 p.m. count in the common area of each housing unit by the Unit Officer. On Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays, there is no mail delivery. Incoming mail is opened and inspected. Delivery of legal mail will be conducted by the Unit Team You may receive hard cover publications directly from the publisher, a bookstore, or a book club. The package must be marked “Books” or “Media Mail* or it will be rejected at the post office. Newspapers are allowed to be received by subscription only. All postage requirements are your responsibility. Postage stamps are to be purchased through the commissaryand cannot be received through the mail.
(see current policy) You may 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 you, such as advertising brochures, fliers, and catalogs. In subscribing to, or requesting, such materials, you are to use your correct address as described previously in this handbook.
Inmates housed at FDC Honolulu must receive soft-cover publications from the publisher, book store, or book club. All inmates must receive hardcover books and newspapers (including publications on newsprint) from the publisher or a book club only. Inmates can only receive five books (soft-cover or hard-cover), or magazines in a single mailing. For safety and sanitation reasons, accumulation of the publications will be limited to five magazines, five newspapers, and not more than ten books in any combination of hard and soft covers. When sending soft cover books, magazines, or legal material, correspondent shall write the contents on the outside of the mailing container.
Inmate Correspondence with Representatives of the News Media: An inmate may write through Special Mail procedures to representatives of the news media if specified by name or title. The inmate may not receive compensation or anything of value for correspondence with the news media. The inmate 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 an inmate. 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.
Correspondence Between Confined Inmates
You may be permitted to correspond with an inmate confined in another penal or correctional institution. This is permitted if the other inmate is either a member of your immediate family, or is party in a legal action (or witness) in which both parties are involved. The following additional limitations apply:
Such correspondence may always be inspected and read by staff at the sending and receiving institutions (it may not be sealed by the inmate). Correspondence privileges must be approved at both facilities.
This policy is not limited to federal institutions. It includes any known penal facilities.
Rejection of Correspondence
The Warden may reject correspondence sent by. or to, an inmate if it is determined to be detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution, to the protection of the public, or if it might facilitate criminal activity.