Correspondence In most cases, inmates are permitted to correspond with the public, family members and others without prior approval or the maintenance of a correspondence list. Outgoing mail is placed in mailboxes located in the housing units. Outgoing mail must be unsealed when deposited in the unit mailbox.
The outgoing envelope must have the inmate’s name, registration number, and full return address in the upper left hand corner and include “U.S. Penitentiary” or “United States Penitentiary as opposed to “USP.” Inmates will assume responsibility for the content of all 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. The inmate will be notified of this placement and will have the opportunity to respond.
There is no mail service on weekends and holidays.
Incoming Correspondence First class mail is distributed Monday through Friday (except holidays) ordinarily by the evening watch officer in each living unit.
Newspapers and magazines may also be delivered at this time. Legal and special mail will be delivered by the Counselor as soon as possible after it is received. The number of incoming letters an inmate may receive will not be limited unless the number received places an unreasonable burden on the institution.
Inmates are asked to advise those writing to them to put the inmate’s register number and unit on the envelope to aid the prompt delivery of mail. Inmate packages received at the institution must have prior authorization. Inmate mail should contain the following address:
(Inmate’s Full Name, Register Number)
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Incoming Publications Inmates 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 a specific inmate, such as advertising brochures, flyers, and catalogs. An inmate may receive hardcover and soft cover publications only from a publisher, a book club or a book store. Accumulation of publications will be limited to six (6) magazines and six (6) books (excluding current correspondence courses, whether religious educational). All publications must be able to be stored in the locker provided as no extra locker or storage space will be authorized.
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;
• Any sexually explicit material which poses a threat to the security, good order or discipline of the institution to include: sado-masochistic material, bestiality, or if it involves children; or
• It encourages or instructs in the commission of criminal activity.
Special Mail “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. Attorneys’ Offices, Surgeon General, U. S. Public Health Service, Secretary to 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 General, Prosecuting Attorneys, Directors of State Departments of Corrections, State Parole Commissioners, State Legislators, State Courts, State Probation Officers, and other Federal and State law enforcement officers, attorneys and representatives of the news media.