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Offline BoosMom

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Dumb Question: Staples…Paper Clips?
« on: July 30, 2006, 02:49:46 PM »
This is along the same lines as the Post-it Notes question.  I frequently send my son lots of papers from the intrnet, articles I've copied and the like.  I always end up numbering the pages and folding over the edges...I assumed I could not use paper clips, but can I use a staple?  It seems like such a dumb question, but I always hesitate, in case IDOC would get upset.  Anybody know?  Thanks.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2006, 03:48:40 PM »
I probably would not use the stapler either ... and if you copy off the net, cut off any website information or www. address as sometimes this can be a problem ... I always take it off when I send things to my son ..  There are NO dumb questions, so always ask because by you asking many others learn too ..   :)

The staples may be considered material to make a weapon, with the IDOC you just never know ... I sent my son a sporting catalog once, he loves fishing, well they denied it because it had hunting things in there too, so I took out every page with a knife or gun on them and sent it back and it was OK..

You want to talk about something Dumb!!  When my son first went in, he asked just where he was and I tried to explain, but so he didn't really know, so I printed off a map of Illinois and the area to just show him and sent it in.. Well, the CO told him he got something in my letter, kinda waved it at him and said you cannot have it..  *(%$#  I didn't even think, Duh!  a map, escape...  *(%$# *(%$#  Again, there are NO dumb questions, ask away..


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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2006, 03:58:13 PM »
I've never had a problem sending in something stapled, or from the internet...however, like Mah says, some places may not allow internet material.  I do know I've sent stapled material to him at Pontiac, Stateville and Menard though.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2006, 07:12:21 PM »
Scout, do you remember, just recenlty it was posted, and I think it was from Menard, that anything printed from the internet was being confiscated?  Jims does that ring a bell to you?
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2006, 07:16:05 PM »
I haven't had a problem sending in articles from the internet.  It seems they don't have url's on them as often as they used to.   I assumed I couldn't use a stapler and send papers in loose and number them.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2006, 07:32:29 PM »
Jims mentioned that they were starting to stop internet content at Menard, but that's a lawsuit waiting to happen...but stapled papers are fine.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2006, 10:29:11 PM »
I am always sending something printed off the internet
I havent had a problem yet.  If it comes to that I will
just copy & paste the information that i need to send
onto a regular paper so it wont look like it came from the
internet.  They try to come up with everything, dont they!
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2006, 07:34:53 AM »
I send my letters unstapled because I number them but when I send articles I staple them and I have sent stuff with links on it and I haven't gotten anything returned yet but you never know. I think it is only so the guys can't have someone check out the sites to help in the cases.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2006, 05:00:42 PM »
Jims mentioned that they were starting to stop internet content at Menard, but that's a lawsuit waiting to happen...but stapled papers are fine.

I'm mailing my son copies of IPT Post's w/info he can use.
example: free magazines, re: cassett tapes etc. I hope they don't return it.

Does anyone know approx. how many pages, or sheets of paper can be stuffed in
an envelope without paying extra postage. I sent him a 5 page letter w/a 39 cent
regular postage stamp.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2006, 05:47:13 PM »
Scout tells me seven pages of bonded paper or up to ten sheets of writing paper i.e. lined notebook paper....etc.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2006, 06:12:50 PM »
I have a postal scale right on my desk and use it often.   5 sheets is ok for sure, and sometimes  6.  It depends on how heavy the paper is.   I think  if you send  10 sheets in you risk having it come postage due.  It depends on the weight of your envelope also, of course.  I use  #10 business envelopes. 

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2006, 07:09:48 PM »
Thanks dancer, I thought I had given Dazz the wrong answer and had to come home and check.  5 pieces of white bond paper and an envelope #10 is less than an ounce...which makes me think 7 pages of plain writing paper.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2006, 07:49:38 AM »
It just occurred to me that every magazine I've ever sent into a prison...and I'd estimate that number to be around 200....was stapled together in the center, top and bottom...so I guess staples are allowed.  I've heard the same rumors about internet printed materials.  I never had a problem leaving website url's on them....however, after the rumors started I just used a black marker and wiped out any url's rather than cutting the papers.  Recently I sent many copies of IPT threads about HJR to an inmate and didn't wipe anything out and he received it all.....weeks later, LOL, but he did receive them, with ten IPT business cards included also.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2007, 01:42:46 AM »
I've got thos cool "stapler" from a gadget catalog that cuts a "V" shaped hole in the papers and makes a tab that gets twirled around and tucked under, to connect papers together.  A Staple-less stapler.  It's hard to describe, but look for it in those "grama junk" catalogs.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2007, 10:16:24 PM »
Oh, excellent idea on the cards!!!  D. talks about all of you like you're his family...  funny.

Staples have been ok at the medium, medium/high places.   Internet pages with urls have been returned.   So was a picture of my son in Wisconsin Dells in the arcade.   I guess the fake gun was an issue.   go figure.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2007, 10:28:35 PM »
I took magazines last week on my visit.

One of them was the EASTBAY catalog.
It's smaller that a REG mag, w/reg size pages.
My son was really looking forward to it.
To see the new styles in tennis shoes, Jerseys Etc....
It was in my locker when I left With a note saying no catalogs allowed.
 

What are they going to do????
Order some tennis shoes, and have them sent to the prison???
Thought that was a little much......


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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2007, 06:01:24 AM »
SLMS, there are restrictions on what you can leave at the prison, typically it's only books and magazines, no catalogs, puzzle books etc., and that's probably what they meant...they can be mailed to him though.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2007, 07:27:14 AM »
I took  a Bass Pro catalog in on a visist once, they looked at it and said No, only because I had not removed the section with the guns, otherwise he would have gotten it. A Lt. at the front desk even looked at it and said, remove that material first.    So, I too it home, removed everything to do with guns/knives sent it back in and he got it. 

Is this something again, that each prison has their own set of rules for?   
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2007, 03:45:11 PM »
The sign at Stateville indicates no puzzle books...but who knows, it probably depends on who is working.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2007, 05:59:02 PM »
I don't know, I just know I've left more than once a puzzlebook, without any problems that it wasn't allowed. Doesn't the sign maybe indicates no 'puzzles'? Puzzles I know have to get sent by mail!
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