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Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by “plain” cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate’s holiday or greeting cards arrive on time.

The facility’s website might have a vague statement about only sending “plain” cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you from the jail do you realize there are restrictions

What’s the Deal?

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Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you’ve personally selected for him or her.

The Basics

Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from a commissary list. You cannot put a care package together at home and… Read more

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Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options:

Get it Pre-Metered at the Post Office

When you get ready to mail the letter or postcard… Read more

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How to Send a Book to an Inmate

Almost all jails and prisons require that books be sent to inmates directly from the publisher or a reputable online vendor, such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. This requirement actually makes it simpler for you because you can compare prices easily and avoid shopping trips away from home or work and packaging time.

How to Order from Amazon.com

Click here to be taken to Amazon.com

Click the… Read more

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Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun!

Have a party for the inmate

Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose a 5X7 or 8X10 or even a life-sized photo of your inmate to… Read more

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Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe.

Criminal Charges

If your inmate is in a state or county that makes contraband a crime, you and your inmate could be charged… Read more

Contacting Inmates

Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters.

Top 10

Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write down five things you each believe the other will say they like best… Read more

Contacting Inmates

Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You’ll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too.

Top 5 + 5 = 10

Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person, or write down five things you each believe the… Read more