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Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« on: January 12, 2009, 04:04:53 PM »
Hi..Does anyone know if paperbacks, magazines etc. can be sent to Statesville while in receiving?  And money put in account?  Thanks

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009, 04:22:27 PM »
You can send them to Stateville, only 5 at one time. Be sure you put your full name and return address on all mail, or it will be returned.  When sending books check out our post on this board about Media Mail, it's much cheaper to send it this way.


  The guys have to take books with them when they are moved, or if they don't have any room left in their property boxes, they have to get rid of them.  You should wait to put money on his books until he gets to his parent prison, as inmates in Stateville R&C cannot go to commissary.  He will be able to shop after he goes through orientation at his parent prison. this usually takes about two weeks.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 04:29:31 PM »
Thanks Forevermah....Can I send books, etc. without his IDOC #?

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 04:32:10 PM »
Yes, put his last name and ID# on anything you send him, books/magazines ...  remember to check out media mail postage, it's ALOT cheaper!
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 05:01:00 PM »
chrismom,
you NEED to put his IDOC # on everything... if you don't know his number, check the IDOC website and it will tell you. i also wouldn't put money on his account until he's at his parent prison. my boyfriend's mom put $120 on his books while he was in reception and it took almost 3 months to catch up to him after he was transferred out of stateville...
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009, 05:07:46 PM »
Thanks Natalie,  Love your picture!  He just arrived at Statesville so he isn't on the website yet.  I was hoping I could send him something to read.  Guess I have to wait.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2009, 05:27:21 PM »
Check after 9PM tonight, they update the IDOC site at night. As soon as you have his # send away.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2010, 01:44:24 PM »
When your sending them mail do you have to put C/O his parent institution or Statesville R&C or do you just address it to them with their doc # and address? Thanks for in advance.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2010, 07:02:22 PM »
If they are still in receiving, just the # and address are fine.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2010, 10:11:02 AM »
Does anyone know if we can send puzzle books with pens pencil crayons ect while in statesville R&C? They won't allow anything to go from county so I'm trying to find the fastest way to get him things without having it all sent back.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2010, 10:18:28 AM »
Puzzle books are okay but no pens, pencils, etc.  They must all be purchased through commissary....why you ask?  Because contraband can be hidden inside a pencil or pen or markers....just stop and think if there's a security issue when you wonder if something is permitted.

There's pretty much nothing allowed to be sent...
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2011, 05:48:55 AM »
im sending him a puzzle book and magazine  in a manilla envelope, do i send it to stavilles buisnees mail or inmate mail?
some one mentioned being able to put letters inside of the center of the magazine,
can i also put it in the puzzle book, and (bear with me) for the letters do i put them in a seperate envelope with his info on it. sorry for the questions new to this.. ;/

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2011, 06:47:28 AM »
im sending him a puzzle book and magazine  in a manilla envelope, do i send it to stavilles buisnees mail or inmate mail?
some one mentioned being able to put letters inside of the center of the magazine,
can i also put it in the puzzle book, and (bear with me) for the letters do i put them in a seperate envelope with his info on it. sorry for the questions new to this.. ;/
You can mail the book and letter in a manila envelope together, to the inmate mail address, putting his full name and ID# and also your full return address. If you are sending letters in the furture to him, you send them with all the information I mentioned also.  I thought you said he was in P'Ville in another post?
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2011, 02:03:36 PM »
Does anyone know the number to call for the mail room at Statesville R & C?  I have been sending my son books and magazines for over a month, and I got a letter from him today and he said he had not received anything from me.  I knew that letters took a while to get through, but I thought I had read that books and magazines were sent through quicker. :wc96: 

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2011, 02:13:05 PM »
Does anyone know the number to call for the mail room at Statesville R & C?  I have been sending my son books and magazines for over a month, and I got a letter from him today and he said he had not received anything from me.  I knew that letters took a while to get through, but I thought I had read that books and magazines were sent through quicker. :wc96: 
Call the main # of Stateville and ask to speak to the mailroom:

Phone: (815) 727-3607
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2011, 02:45:04 PM »
Thank you!  He sounded so frustrated in his letter.  He is not getting the letters, books or magazines I am sending. I know we just have to be patient during this transition, but it is so hard.  Thank you for the number.  Maybe they can give me some insight. :wc13:

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2011, 04:08:48 PM »
I just talked to a lady in the mailroom at Statesville and she said they are very behind on their mail.  They have hired some new people and are getting caught up on the letters coming in, but they are still working on books and magazines that were sent in May. 
Just FYI.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2011, 04:12:18 PM »
thanks for letting me know that.. my bf is at sv farm and he just got a letter last week i sent out may 17th. so hopefully they are getting caught up because its not fair they have to wait that long for mail!

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2011, 07:06:46 PM »
My l/o has been in Statesville R&C for over a month now, and I have sent books (most was 5 at at time) along with the newspaper and a magazine and a letter, also a time magazine. I so far he has gotten almost everything. I think the mail is backed up though. He is still getting something from 2-3weeks ago. I feel bad but then again I don't because I do write him everyday and I send packages almost two a week. He is a fast reader and I feel so bad for him because from what he tells me this is the worst spot to be in. Nothing to do but read and write out. Complete lock down execpt for a shower once a week and he only got to shop once and not for food either! I have sent some XXL magazines (hip hop) he hasn't gotten those yet and a couple of Maxims (we will see). Time magazine he has gotten. I will send and write all the time so that he can pass his time there.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2011, 07:51:44 PM »
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This whole process is so convoluted.  You ask seven different officals the same question and you get seven different answers.  I called a counselor at Stateville R&C today about mailing books.  I was told to put no more than five at a time in a padded envelope (no boxes) that was lined with bubble wrap.  When I got to the post office, the postal worker said he had similar envelopes that were sent to other prisons in Illinois returned because bubble wrap was not allowed.  I give up.  I ended up putting them in a priority mail envelope that was rip proof and sent them that way.  Why bother?  My L/O will probably not get them anyway.  I tried to call the Statesville mailroom yesterday at 3 p.m. and was told they were gone for the day.  No wonder the mail is backed up, they only work five hours a day.  The counselor also told me my inmate could get commissary, but he had been told at County that he would not be able to do so.  I set up an account for him hoping it's true and asked the counselor if she could please let him know there was money.  What are the odds that she did?  I'll guess zero.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2011, 07:56:39 PM »
The only way you can send them to Stateville is in manila envelopes with NO bubble wrap, they will return them all with bubble wrap and the priority box is questionable too.    5 books at one time is all you can take in on a visit, but no visits in R&C or send in through the mail.  This is the same at most prisons, once he is moved.  There are restrictions as to what kind of books too and some prisons do not allow hard covered books.

I would not put any money on his books till he is moved, they cannot go to commissary at Stateville in R&C and it will only take time for the money to be transferred to his parent prison.  

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2011, 12:32:26 PM »
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This whole process is so convoluted.  You ask seven different officals the same question and you get seven different answers.  I called a counselor at Stateville R&C today about mailing books.  I was told to put no more than five at a time in a padded envelope (no boxes) that was lined with bubble wrap.  When I got to the post office, the postal worker said he had similar envelopes that were sent to other prisons in Illinois returned because bubble wrap was not allowed.  I give up.  I ended up putting them in a priority mail envelope that was rip proof and sent them that way.  Why bother?  My L/O will probably not get them anyway.  I tried to call the Statesville mailroom yesterday at 3 p.m. and was told they were gone for the day.  No wonder the mail is backed up, they only work five hours a day.  The counselor also told me my inmate could get commissary, but he had been told at County that he would not be able to do so.  I set up an account for him hoping it's true and asked the counselor if she could please let him know there was money.  What are the odds that she did?  I'll guess zero.
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My husband was at R & C for a parole violation hold.  He has since been moved to Pontiac. While he was at Statesville R & C I did send him books, our local weekly newspaper, cards and letters.  He did receive some of what I sent and I am sure what he has not received will be showing up at Pontiac at some point.  I sent them in the yellow envelope. I called the mail room their and the co told me no bubble envelopes and no padded envelopes. He said the card board priority and the tear proof priority were fine.  I sent in the yellow envelope.  As far as the delay in getting there mail to them.  There is a delay. When I called the co said they were exactly a week behind.  I got a letter from my husband dated August 11, last Friday the 19th.  In the August 11 letter he stated he had just received the first package, letters and cards from me which were all post marked July 29. So there is a delay and appears to be more than the one week that the CO said.
If your loved one gets moved and has not got what was sent it will eventually catch up to him, but who know how long that will be!!  Money on the other hand, in my experience I would not put anything in the mail as they are behind and there is no telling when that envelope would be opened and the money order put on his books.  I have been using JPAY.  My loved one was going to be able to shop as he was on parole violation with no new DOC charges.  I was told that they are treated a little differently than the regular R & C inmates. He was going to be able to shop 1 x a month, and was moved before his shop day.  He also was allowed to make calls on Sundays, but only numbers that were previously approved from when he was in IDOC before.  No new numbers to my knowledge were approved while he was in intake. He was also going to be allowed visits after 60 days, if he was still at that location.  I don't know if any of this info helps as your loved one may be being held on something entirely different.  but hope this helps you.  My husband said "keep sending books, letters, and cards" as they don't have anything at all to do in intake and very little movement. He said he got one shower a week and 4 hours of yard a week.  Other than that very little movement. Hope some of this info helps.....keep writing and also I heard that at times they will trade books with others to obtain write outs etc.  I think that might be why my loved one is requesting more books.  He said True crime is what they all like to read.  I am wondering though if those type of books are allowed.  Take care and good luck to you!!!!!

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2011, 01:39:51 PM »
best bet in mailing is to call the facility and ask to talk to someone in the mailroom.
counselors and others dont work in the mailroom so there is no guarantee they know.

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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2011, 01:52:29 PM »
best bet in mailing is to call the facility and ask to talk to someone in the mailroom.
counselors and others dont work in the mailroom so there is no guarantee they know.

good luck
Thanks for the info.  I am going to send the letter today and see what happens. I called and the assistant warden is the one to make the decision

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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2011, 03:37:19 PM »
If they can't get commissary in R&C, how is he supposed to write me a letter with no write-outs or pens?  The counselor told me that my inmate would be able to get commissary as soon as money was put in his account to purchase these items.  My inmate is a new intake and not a parole violation.  I do think they are not allowed to get commissary food, but possibly just toiletries and write-outs.  You know IDOC won't want to foot the bill for toothpaste or shampoo if they don't have to.  Another person on this site told me that she sends her son books in bubble wrap envelopes to Stateville R&C when he was there for 72 days waiting for a spot to open in boot camp.  She said she had no problem.  Adminstrator here says to listen to IPT, Stateville counselor tells me to listen to her. This is why I am totally confused.  I will send books in tyvek envelope, just to be safe, I will put money on books, just to be safe.  Thank you for all your input though, it makes me realize that I am not going crazy, this prison system is.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2011, 03:46:22 PM »
If they can't get commissary in R&C, how is he supposed to write me a letter with no write-outs or pens?  The counselor told me that my inmate would be able to get commissary as soon as money was put in his account to purchase these items.  My inmate is a new intake and not a parole violation.  I do think they are not allowed to get commissary food, but possibly just toiletries and write-outs.  You know IDOC won't want to foot the bill for toothpaste or shampoo if they don't have to.  Another person on this site told me that she sends her son books in bubble wrap envelopes to Stateville R&C when he was there for 72 days waiting for a spot to open in boot camp.  She said she had no problem.  Adminstrator here says to listen to IPT, Stateville counselor tells me to listen to her. This is why I am totally confused.  I will send books in tyvek envelope, just to be safe, I will put money on books, just to be safe.  Thank you for all your input though, it makes me realize that I am not going crazy, this prison system is.

Good luck, you have to do what you want I guess and hope it all works out, that he get's the books and is able to go to commissary.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2011, 04:08:47 PM »
If they can't get commissary in R&C, how is he supposed to write me a letter with no write-outs or pens?  The counselor told me that my inmate would be able to get commissary as soon as money was put in his account to purchase these items.  My inmate is a new intake and not a parole violation.  I do think they are not allowed to get commissary food, but possibly just toiletries and write-outs.  You know IDOC won't want to foot the bill for toothpaste or shampoo if they don't have to.  Another person on this site told me that she sends her son books in bubble wrap envelopes to Stateville R&C when he was there for 72 days waiting for a spot to open in boot camp.  She said she had no problem.  Adminstrator here says to listen to IPT, Stateville counselor tells me to listen to her. This is why I am totally confused.  I will send books in tyvek envelope, just to be safe, I will put money on books, just to be safe.  Thank you for all your input though, it makes me realize that I am not going crazy, this prison system is.

Good luck, you have to do what you want I guess and hope it all works out, that he get's the books and is able to go to commissary.



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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2011, 12:51:33 PM »
I, too, am very grateful for this website and all the information I have received has helped us prepared for this experience.  I wish I knew he would be allowed to take writeouts with him from County, but I was under the impression that the only things he could take with him was a bible and a notepad.  I told him to ask the CO's at County what he could take, but he said they said they didn't know.  Really?  Is it that hard to provide that information to an inmate?  I think when this ordeal is over, I might become a prison reform advocate.  I am that frustrated by what I have seen and heard so far, and I am only two weeks into it.  If it wasn't for the information and postings on this site, I would be in a rubber room by now.  Thank you everyone for helping to keep me sane (for now).

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« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2011, 07:43:19 PM »
I, too, am very grateful for this website and all the information I have received has helped us prepared for this experience.  I wish I knew he would be allowed to take writeouts with him from County, but I was under the impression that the only things he could take with him was a bible and a notepad.  I told him to ask the CO's at County what he could take, but he said they said they didn't know.  Really?  Is it that hard to provide that information to an inmate?  I think when this ordeal is over, I might become a prison reform advocate.  I am that frustrated by what I have seen and heard so far, and I am only two weeks into it.  If it wasn't for the information and postings on this site, I would be in a rubber room by now.  Thank you everyone for helping to keep me sane (for now).
I wish you the best of luck through this ordeal.  I am an ex-offender and was at the womens prison dwight for intake.  I was in Kankakee jail and was transported to Dwight.  All I could take was my Bible and glasses.  Once at Dwight I was able to go to commissary.  The womens intake seems nothing like the mens.  Statesville is completely different with what I have learned on here, the men have it very rough.  Intake is the worst process of the entire time one is in IDOC custody.  Once moved it gets easier as you can stay busy.  I always said they would not be so many people returning to prison if they made you go through the last month in intake again as it is not good.  It is something you would not forget.  I was at Lincoln and honestly, I stayed so busy that my time flew by.  My husband was moved from R & C to Pontiac and I did get one letter from him.  He had not shopped at that time.  I had mailed the letter 7-29 and he received it on 8-11.  His money will not catch up to him for about a month from R & C. Heck, I don't know if his money has even made it from the Danville Center yet!!  They are slow.  I wired money Monday to husbands current location and called to day with some questions and spoke to super nice CO that said even money wired can take up to 1 to 10 days for the accounting department to post to his books so he can shop.  I have been sitting here for a letter thinking if he didn't shop Monday that he would one day this week as I wired the funds, waiting probably for nothing as he probably doesn't know it is there yet.  What a mess.  It would be nice if IDOC would become more efficient.  My husbands profile on IDOC stated his parent prison was Statesville, so while he was in R & C the man I had talked to in admistration said it would be fine to send money there as he would be staying there until the parole hearing.  A week later he was moved, so when they tell you something it is not 100 that things aren't going to change.  Good luck with all this and just let your loved one know you are here for him.  That is about all you can do until he gets moved. Mine is moved and he might as well still be in intake as things haven't changed on my end much as no call or mail yet.  But it will be soon, I am sure.  I was told to give it two weeks to get the phone approved and at least 10 days to start to get mail from him. I will wait, because I love him, but not too patient right now.  This has been going on for too long with only one letter.--Good luck  you will get lots of support here.  Memebers on here have been a gift from Heaven for me and it is a blessing I found this site.  You will meet some of the best people

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2011, 06:52:57 PM »
I always send my items in the priority mail envelopes that the post office uses, I have not had a problem yet (crossing my fingers) I do put 5 books and at least two magazines and a letter and a newspaper if it fits, basically I stuff it. And no problem yet, My love has gotten all magazines except XXL (hip hop) I do not know why, I have sent different hip hop and they have gotten through. I went to visit with another stuffed envelope and was told by a CO that it could only contain 5 items total so I removed all except the books (to save postage). The CO said they will not take cardboard boxes at Statesville. As far as commisary goes, my guy is shopping for food in R&C now but I don't think that goes for everyone. He has been there over 60 days and maybe staying put. He gets alot of cellies who have transferred outto their parent prison about average time 1-2 weeks. Just write and send a couple of soft cover books and maybe a magazine, he will probably trade it for a transfer if he doesn't have a write out if he gets transferred it will catch up to him. Hopefully he will get it before he leaves Statesville.



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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2013, 08:31:03 AM »
My BF is currently in NRC.  I have sent books and mags.  Can he transfer with them or does he have to leave them behind?

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2013, 08:32:25 AM »
My BF is currently in NRC.  I have sent books and mags.  Can he transfer with them or does he have to leave them behind?

He can take them with providing there isn't too much to fit in his property box.  They eventually have to get rid of something if the space in that box runs out.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2013, 09:06:48 AM »
How big is the property box?

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2013, 12:27:20 PM »
How big is the property box?

Approximately 12 or 15(h) x 36(w) .. they are made to fit under the beds.  Once those boxes before full, they either have to send the stuff they don't want home, or throw it away.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2014, 06:45:51 PM »

Can anyone help me with these questions? (re stateville) (I mistakenly posted this on the wrong topic before)
1. if there is no commissary then how do they acquire a pen and paper?
2. If there is no commissary why would anyone send money to this facility (stateville)
3. It is my understanding that no phonecalls are allowed---the inmate can not make any-- is that correct?
4. how many people per cell and are they locked in their cells 22 hours per day?
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2014, 07:06:17 PM »

Can anyone help me with these questions? (re stateville) (I mistakenly posted this on the wrong topic before)
1. if there is no commissary then how do they acquire a pen and paper?
2. If there is no commissary why would anyone send money to this facility (stateville)
3. It is my understanding that no phonecalls are allowed---the inmate can not make any-- is that correct?
4. how many people per cell and are they locked in their cells 22 hours per day?
thanks for response

If they are lucky they can borrow a pencil and I believe they are given one postcard.  If they trade their food (which they arent' suppose to do) they sometimes can trade for a writeout, what they need to send out mail.

If they are in R&C more than 60 days, they are allowed to go to commissary, but can only buy personal items/writeouts.

You might get lucky to get ONE phone call, but don't count on it.

There could be 2-4 people in a cell in receiving and they are usually locked down 24/7, maybe given time out once per week for a shower.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2014, 01:15:35 AM »
Thanks for the answers.  regarding limit of 5 books or magazines per mailing,

1. does per mailing mean per day? and if so what if 2 different packages arrive the same day and they were mailed different days?

2. regarding forwarded mail to the next place they move to---the post office generally doesnt forward media mail--- so is it the actual prison that internally forwards the mail through their own courier service or trucks?

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2014, 06:04:34 AM »
The guys will get mail if you mail it media mail.



Five books is per visit, you can mail these instructions from IDOC website:



What items can I mail to an inmate?

Inmates are provided food, clothing and healthcare. To ensure safety and security in the prison system, inmates are able to purchase approved items in the commissary.

Inmates can receive correspondence, legal mail and publications, which are reviewed to determine whether they are obscene or constitute a danger to safety and security. The institutional Publication Review Committee reviews all publications that are not on the approved list, and will disapprove materials that do not meet criteria. Inmates can receive publications, including books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers and catalogs in accordance with department regulations. Inmates can receive publications from a vendor, friend or family. There is no limit through the mail. Publications brought to the facility shall be limited to 5 per visit.

Guidelines need to be followed for envelopes and packages.

    Envelopes that are padded with clear bubble wrap will be accepted.  Envelopes that have this type of padding can be easily scanned.
    Envelopes padded with gray diamond dust and corrugated cardboard boxes mailed from family and friends will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender without being opened.


http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/faq.aspx#09
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2014, 10:28:08 AM »
still hoping on a response to this:

regarding forwarded mail to the next place they move to---the post office generally doesnt forward media mail--- so is it the actual prison that internally forwards the mail through their own courier service or trucks?

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #39 on: April 17, 2014, 10:41:21 AM »
If you look ^ at my post, I did reply that the guys will get the mail if you mail it media, so the prison does forward to them.  You send it to your inmates ID # and prison address and they get it.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #40 on: July 26, 2014, 10:53:30 PM »
Thanks for any answers that can be provided. I read here on this forum that they can't use commissary but also they have to buy pencil/pen through commissary, so I don't understand

1.how can they buy a writing implement if there is no commissary?

2. What is the average time spent at stateville before moving on to their parent prison?

3. Are inmates allowed to call their lawyer while in stateville?

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #41 on: July 27, 2014, 06:28:36 AM »
Thanks for any answers that can be provided. I read here on this forum that they can't use commissary but also they have to buy pencil/pen through commissary, so I don't understand

1.how can they buy a writing implement if there is no commissary?

2. What is the average time spent at stateville before moving on to their parent prison?

3. Are inmates allowed to call their lawyer while in stateville?

Thanks



They cannot have commissary at R&C in Stateville unless they are there for more than 60 days.  They maybe given or pencil or borrow one to write if they can get a hold of any paper but don't count on that either, not all inmates get a note/letter out.  They normally are in R&C 30 days but because of the overcrowding, sometimes that # does go up and if they are waiting for a bed at a certain prison it could take longer.  If you want to put money on their books in R&C, you can, but know that it will only take time to get to their parent prison once they are moved and may not be there when they are first allowed commissary, so don't put too much on, chances our they won't get a chance to use it anyway in R&C.

Inmates may be allowed to call a lawyer but usually while in R&C they aren't allowed phone calls, that too will come when they are moved to their parent prison.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #42 on: July 28, 2014, 08:25:53 AM »
 :wc72: Say I was wondering if I mail educational books is there any reason he could have them?  

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #43 on: July 28, 2014, 09:13:33 AM »
:wc72: Say I was wondering if I mail educational books is there any reason he could have them? 


Yes, those should be OK,  but just in case, call the mail room and tell them what it is you want to send in and see what they tell you.
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« Reply #44 on: July 29, 2014, 05:53:58 AM »
 :wc69: Ok thanks mah!

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2014, 02:48:31 PM »
2 questions

1. I read that books have to be sent in an envelope to stateville--- does that mean you can't send a paperback straight from amazon? (amazon tends to use boxes)
2. On one of the FAQ's I read that one should register with VINE to be notified immediately--- I did--- and I know the person left the county jail to go to stateville but I never got vine notice so I guess it isn't as fast as it proclaims to be on their website. How long does it take for the inmates name to show up on the idoc site?
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #46 on: August 08, 2014, 03:09:52 PM »
That shocks me a bit that you haven't been notified by Vine of your inmates move, if your sure he's already there. My own experience was that an email was waiting for me early in the am. They sent it right after my inmate arrived at R&C.   IDOC usually updates late in the evening.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #47 on: August 08, 2014, 09:54:54 PM »
You can send books from Amazon to Statesville.  I do it all the time and have never had a problem.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #48 on: August 08, 2014, 11:27:28 PM »
Thanks for the responses. You say I can send from amazon even though amazon uses a box but someone also said Receiving will not accept a box?  Is this because they accept a box from a company but not a non-business?

I received the VINE email but I still can't find inmate number on the IDOC site and it is 11:20 pm (about). Someone said they update late at night. How long do you think it will take to get an inmate number so I can begin sending mail? The vine notice said they are already in the custody of IDOC but an inmate number wasn't given in the message. Thanks

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #49 on: August 09, 2014, 12:43:02 AM »
As an update they are now listed on the IDOC site. Question, if they don't get commissary that means they can't write letters? Should I be putting a small amount of money in their account to get stamps/envelope/paper? Thanks

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #50 on: August 09, 2014, 05:44:13 AM »
You can put a small amount of money on his account, but that doesn't guarantee he will be able to go to commissary. What you do put on his books will follow him, but it will take several weeks to reach him at his parent prison once he's moved. When you write him, leave a page with little writing on it, that way he can tear off the rest of it, and use that to write you back. There are some prisons that will give the inmate one write out (Stamped Envelope) when they arrive, or so I've been told. Start writing him often! He will need that support. Hang in there...

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #51 on: August 09, 2014, 07:16:26 AM »
As an update they are now listed on the IDOC site. Question, if they don't get commissary that means they can't write letters? Should I be putting a small amount of money in their account to get stamps/envelope/paper? Thanks

He will not be able to go to commissary unless he has been in Statevillle for 60+ days, so if you put on his books now, it will only have to catch up to him once he is moved to his parent prison.  They cannot buy writeouts or anything in R&C at Stateville through commissary, they are not allowed.  Once he is moved to his parent prisons 30+ days he will be allowed to go to commissary to buy what he wants/needs, providing the money is on his books.

 You can send him magazines books in manilla envelopes now or order from Amazon/Barnes Noble he will get it (hopefully while in R&C), they will remove the shipping box. 

Just remember whatever you send, he only has so much room in his property box to store things and at some point may have to get rid of things because of space.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #52 on: August 22, 2014, 05:06:41 PM »
Western Union Question here--- I know I cant send money to Stateville NRC however soon they are to be transferred to parent facility and I was asked to send X amount of money immediately so they could get tv etc--- problem is that the western union website says there is a limit of sending $300 to an inmate. Here are my questions

1. is that limit per day, per hour, per what? there is no answer on their website and used both online chat AND spoke to cust service by phone and got nowhere, each person has conflicting answers, sadly one didnt even know there was a $300 inmate limit.

2. even if i used jpay and they have a limit i still need to send the requested amount the first day they are transferred.  it will take more  than 1 transaction for EACH of these venues to be able to send what I need to.

3. How do inmates buy the tv or whatever else they can buy if I can't send the $ in one shot?

4. Does anyone have a ballpark idea of how much the tv is, hot plate, radio etc? or some kind of commissary list if they need to buy underwear or shoes?

5. When you go through the western union menu to send money to an inmate I see if asks for prison system (IDOC) but does it ask the actual city/facility because I couldn't see that far. Thanks again

Thank you in advance from anyone who has actual knowledge and experience. I am trying to avoid guesswork so that I can be prepared to send the needed funds asap.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #53 on: August 22, 2014, 05:23:29 PM »
I always used Jpay, so won't even attempt to answer your question about Western Union, although I've heard they're just as good as Jpay, and about the same price. I set up an account with them, plugged in  his name and IDOC # and they found him. The $ reached him within 24 hrs. He got a receipt letting him know how much had been sent, and who sent it. I split mine in half, sending it in 2 day's. Once he's placed in his parent prison, call that prison and ask them if there's a limit on how much can be sent each day. He won't be able to go to commissary right away, it will most likely be a few day's before that happens.
     Each prison also varies on the price of things, and what they can get in commissary. Tv was about $250.00 and the hot pot was $20.00 I think, fan was about the same if memory serves me correctly.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #54 on: August 22, 2014, 05:59:30 PM »
Western Union Question here--- I know I cant send money to Stateville NRC however soon they are to be transferred to parent facility and I was asked to send X amount of money immediately so they could get tv etc--- problem is that the western union website says there is a limit of sending $300 to an inmate. Here are my questions

1. is that limit per day, per hour, per what? there is no answer on their website and used both online chat AND spoke to cust service by phone and got nowhere, each person has conflicting answers, sadly one didnt even know there was a $300 inmate limit.

The Western Union limit is a per pay limit.

2. even if i used jpay and they have a limit i still need to send the requested amount the first day they are transferred.  it will take more  than 1 transaction for EACH of these venues to be able to send what I need to.

I believe jpay also has a limit, somewhere around $300, per day.

3. How do inmates buy the tv or whatever else they can buy if I can't send the $ in one shot?

You don't have to send the entire amount as soon as they arrive. There are specific days inmates are allowed to shop (the schedule is determined by the facility), so he'll have to wait until his commissary day comes around before he can purchase anything. That gives you plenty of time.

4. Does anyone have a ballpark idea of how much the tv is, hot plate, radio etc? or some kind of commissary list if they need to buy underwear or shoes?

A rough estimate for a tv is $250, plus headphones. Each prison has it's own commissary list, which is made available to the inmate upon their arrival. It will show what he can get and the costs. When y is moved to his parent prison, you can look at this board and see if we have a copy of that facility's list
http://www.illinoisprisontalk.org/index.php?board=135.0


5. When you go through the western union menu to send money to an inmate I see if asks for prison system (IDOC) but does it ask the actual city/facility because I couldn't see that far. Thanks again

No, Western Union does not ask for the specific facility, nor does jpay. All money, technically, is sent to Springfield, and digitally added to the inmate's "account."

Thank you in advance from anyone who has actual knowledge and experience. I am trying to avoid guesswork so that I can be prepared to send the needed funds asap.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #55 on: August 22, 2014, 08:06:20 PM »
Jpay will not allow you to send more than $300 every 10 days.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #56 on: November 26, 2014, 08:53:50 AM »
Hi I have a question. I received a letter from my loved one from stateville NRC & I was wondering if I could write him back # 1...will he get it #2....& #3 how long will it take.?

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« Reply #57 on: November 26, 2014, 09:20:41 AM »
Hi I have a question. I received a letter from my loved one from stateville NRC & I was wondering if I could write him back # 1...will he get it #2....& #3 how long will it take.?


Yes you can write him back, yes he will receive it, but not sure how long it will take.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #58 on: November 26, 2014, 09:42:37 AM »
Hi I have a question. I received a letter from my loved one from stateville NRC & I was wondering if I could write him back # 1...will he get it #2....& #3 how long will it take.?

Make sure when you write you put his full name and ID# and your full return address or it won't get to him.  He may get it while in R&C, but may not until he gets to his parent prison, all depends.  If you send him books/magazines, nothing with contraband in them, guns/knives etc and only 5 at a time can be sent in.. Once he gets to his parent prison, you can take 5 in when you visit and once they go through property he will get them.
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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #59 on: November 26, 2014, 09:54:30 PM »
My l/o was just in NRC and they can get letters, but it takes a bit.  I think it took about a week and half for him to get my letters.  Theirs mail out fast though.  I get mine within two days when he writes.  Don't forget to include the R# and your full return address, and no stickers.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #60 on: March 16, 2018, 12:26:32 PM »
This should get an easy answer, but as we all know with IDOC there can be a million different answers to the easiest question. I just sent my LO at Stateville R & C 3 books. The 3 of them couldn't fit into one manila envelope so I mailedthem in two separate envelopes--3 books in one and 1 book in the other. My question is realizing they can only receive 5 books at a time, was it ok to send the 3 books in two separate envelopes? They were of the bubble wrap type and after calling the mailroom at Stateville the (very nice) person told me bubble wrap is fine, just not the fibrous material in the envelopes.

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« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2018, 06:11:30 PM »
Sending all of them is fine but please remember mail is slow and possibly even slower in reception.

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Re: Sending Books to Stateville R&C and Money on Account
« Reply #62 on: March 17, 2018, 03:13:56 PM »
coasterman 

I have sent books just like you did and my son received all of them