Inmates are encouraged to maintain relationships with family members, friends, and other community members through correspondence. No outgoing mail may be sealed by the inmate and will be read and inspected by staff, this includes outgoing Special Mail.
Your mailing address is
Committed Name & Register Number Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 526255 Houston, TX 77052-6255
All correspondence must have your committed name and register number on it. Incoming mail should identify your housing unit assignment.
Inmates are not permitted to initiate specialized mail services, i.e., overnight delivery services, express mail, etc., but may receive correspondence by such means. Questions concerning certified mail and insured mail should be directed to your Unit Team.
Incoming general correspondence will be opened by the Mail Room Officer(s) and inspected for contraband. Authorized mail includes letters, magazines, and paperback books. Newspapers and books must come directly from the publisher or bookstore. Unauthorized mail includes stamps, musical greeting cards, magazines which are sexually explicit or feature nudity, Polaroid photos, nude photos, plant material, non-inspectible items, etc., and money of any kind. All unauthorized mail will be returned to the sender along with a rejection form explaining why the mail was rejected. Inmates will also receive a copy of the rejection notice. Mail will normally be distributed after the 4:00 p.m. Count.
Correspondence with inmates in other penal institutions requires prior approval. You may request approval from your Unit Team. Approval is limited to immediate family members or persons with whom you are actively involved in an on-going legal case or appeal (e.g., co-defendants).
For incoming correspondence to be processed under special mail procedures, the sender must be adequately identified on the envelope and the front of the envelope must be marked “Special Mail – Open only in the presence of the inmate.” To be adequately identified, a specific attorney by name and title must be indicated. Special Mail includes correspondence received from the following:
President and Vice President of the United States, Attorneys, Members of the U.S. Congress, Embassies and Consulates, the U.S. Department of Justice (excluding the Bureau of Prisons but including U.S. Attorneys), other Federal law enforcement officers, State Attorney Generals, Prosecuting Attorneys, Governors, U.S. Courts (including U.S. Probation Officers), and State Courts. Staff shall open incoming special mail only in the presence of the inmate to inspect for physical contraband, and the qualification of any enclosures as special mail. The correspondence may not be read or copied if the sender is adequately identified on the envelope, and the front of the envelope is marked “Special Mail-Open only in the presence of the inmate.” In the absence of either adequate identification or the “special mail” marking on the envelope, staff may treat the mail as general correspondence and may open, inspect, and read the mail. It is your responsibility to inform your attorney of the procedure for handling “Special Mail”. A copy of BP-493-(58), Special Mail notice may be obtained in the Law Library.
All incoming inmate property packages must be authorized in advance, unless otherwise approved. An Authorization to Receive Packages or Property Form, BP-331(BP-S331), shall be used for this purpose. The only other packages that will normally be approved are release clothing and medical devices.
Pretrial inmates, without funds, may be eligible to receive three (3) postage stamps per week. Inmates must turn in a sealed envelope addressed to their attorney in order to receive stamps. If you are a sentenced inmate or in holdover status without funds, you may be eligible to receive five postage stamps per month, for maintaining community ties. Stamps are obtained through the Unit staff. You will be able to purchase stamps from the Commissary on your purchase day. You may buy three (3) books of stamps at any one time and may have a maximum of three (3) books of stamps (or 60 stamps) in your possession at any one time.
You will be held responsible for the contents of any correspondence you place in the mailbox located in your housing unit. Incoming mail will be opened and inspected for contraband prior to delivery to the unit. You may subscribe to publications if they are sent directly from the publisher and pre-paid. Publications that could jeopardize the security and the orderly running on the institution are strictly prohibited, and will be returned to the publisher. You may not retain more than five (5) publications in your possession at any one time.
The CMC/ISM is responsible for commitment documentation, computation of sentence, determination of release dates, and method of release for inmates designated prior to January 30, 2006. The Designation Center, located in Grand Prairie, Texas, is responsible for completing sentence computations for all inmates designated after January 30, 2006.