Do Prisoners Get Mail?

Prisoners writing letters

Each week a prisoner is allowed to send one free letter.

If they want to send more than this then they need to purchase stamps and envelopes from the prison shop/canteen.

Alternatively you can post self addressed stamped envelopes to the prisoner so they can post letters back to you.

Do prisoners like getting mail?

Mailing Letters to Inmates

It may not seem like much to someone on the outside, but when you are incarcerated letters are your lifeblood. They keep you going from day to day and bring the voices or those you love right into your head. In prison and jail there are few things to look forward to and mail is one of them.

Do inmates receive mail everyday?

Likewise, prison mailroom staff have the ability to read every incoming piece of mail. While they do search every piece of mail for contraband, they don’t read every letter. There simply isn’t enough time in the day for that. For more information on U.S. mail in prison or other aspects of prison life, Contact us.

How long does it take for prisoners to get mail?

one to three days

What can I send to someone in jail?

Here’s our list of the five best things to send inmates in a care package:

  • Letters and Messages. According to, sending correspondence is the number one best way to help your loved one feel connected to home.
  • Commissary Money.
  • Photos.
  • Books, Magazines and Newspapers.
  • Celebratory Cards.

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Do they read your mail in jail?

Mail is read, censored, or rejected based on legitimate facility interests of order and security. Inmates are notified in writing when incoming or outgoing letters are withheld in part or in full. So basically, all mail is opened and inspected for contraband, usually in the presence of the inmate.

Can you bring food to prisoners?

Prisoners must obtain prior approval before visitors are allowed to bring in any items for them/or post any items to them, except for the items listed below. If a visitor is bringing in or sending an approved item for a prisoner, they must give the item/s to, or post the items to, Visitor Reception Centre staff.

Can inmates contact other inmates?

Happened to me. It is against the law for inmates to contact with other inmates just like they can’t parole where there is another parolee. It is against the law for inmates to contact with other inmates just like they can’t parole where there is another parolee. Rarely is it against the law.

Can inmates get pictures of themselves?

You can send photos of family members, but do remember that prisoners are not allowed photographs of themselves, and that includes family snapshots that include them. Photographs of an explicit or pornographic nature would not be allowed. Certain prisoners may not be permitted to have photographs of children.

How long does it take for inmates to receive money?

Usually, any money you send will get to the inmate within 48 hours.

How long do inmates get to talk on the phone?

Generally speaking, debit calls are much less expensive than collect calls. While telephone calls are limited to 15 minutes, prisoners must wait one hour from the start of a previous call to place another. Inmates are only permitted to call approved numbers.

How do I contact an inmate in jail?

Inmate Telephone Service Information

  1. ONLINE – One of the easiest ways to establish an AdvancePay calling account is by using
  2. CALL US – Our automated system at 1-800-483-8314 is another convenient way to create and make a payment to an AdvancePay® calling account.

How fast do inmates get JPay emails?

Most inmates receive their email within 24 to 48 hours, and many can respond electronically as well.