Writing guidelines

• Be aware that all mail is read by the authorities.

• Under no circumstances mention any illegal acts. Do not discuss details of the person’s legal case or charges.

• Everyone must use their first and last name when writing.

• All letters must be entirely in English.

• You must include a address on the envelope. Please also put a return address on the letter itself, as prisoners are almost never given the envelopes.

• You should also write the prisoners name and prisoner number on each piece of correspondence, as the prison sometimes “lose” track of pages or of who the letter is going to.

• Do not send anything that is “affi xed” to the letter or card

• Some prisoners have a list of 100 pre-approved people they can write to; they may not be able to write back to you, but will be able to receive your letters.

• Pictures are allowed, but must be 4×6 size or smaller. No Polaroids.

• Do not include extra envelopes, blank paper or stamps.

• Avoid using white-out, stickers, tape, colored ink/paper or glitter.

• Plain cards are allowed but you must write something inside.

• Most facilities do not allow torn pages from books, magazine or newspaper clippings. Photocopies, however, are accepted

• Please remember that, even if unsolicited, mail can still result in sanctions against a prisoner.


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