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 to be placed in mailboxes located in an inmate’s assigned housing unit. Outgoing mail for inmates at the SCP may be sealed, in accordance with the Bureau’s open correspondence privileges. The outgoing mail in the USP will inspected by staff and must be unsealed when deposited in the institution mailbox. The outgoing envelope must have the inmate’s name, register number, and complete return address in the upper left hand corner.
Inmates must assume responsibility for the contents of all of their 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. This inmate is notified of this placement and has the opportunity to respond. There is no mail service on weekends and holidays.
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 distribution will be discussed by the Inmate System Manager in the A/O Lecture. 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, unit, and USP Lee/SCP Lee on the envelope to aid the prompt delivery of mail. All inmate packages received at the institution must have prior authorization. Ordinarily, authorizations for inmates to receive incoming packages will be limited to release clothing only.
The Bureau permits inmates to subscribe to and receive publications without prior approval. The term “publication” means book, single issue of a magazine or newspaper, or materials addressed to a specific inmate, such as advertising brochures, flyers, and catalogs. An SCP inmate may receive soft-cover publications (paperback books, etc.) From any source, but the package or envelope containing soft back books or magazines must indicate on the outside of the package “authorized reading material.” A USP inmate may receive hardcover publications, newspaper, only form a publisher or a book club. Accumulation of publications will be limited to 10 magazines (not to be more than 3 months old) and to the amount that can be neatly stored in the locker provided in each room, due to sanitation and fire safety concerns. The Unit Manager may allow more space for legal publications upon request. 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 manufacturing 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 in the commission of criminal activity. It is sexually explicit material.