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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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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2007, 07:51:10 PM »
I know magazines, newspapers, puzzlebooks and soft cover books I have taken in.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2007, 09:23:50 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!

No the sign clearly states no puzzlebooks, but again, it all depends on who is there...you've sent in puzzles, as in jigsasw puzzles?  Can you do that?  I know years ago you could but I thought that had changed.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2007, 05:30:38 AM »
Yes, I recently ordered a jigsaw puzzle online, and my man got it. Before he had learned that jigsaw puzzles are allowed and so we thought  to get it a try, with the good outcome that he indeed got it.
I seem to have been lucky with who was there when I left the puzzlebooks.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2007, 05:46:29 AM »
Again, this must be prison specific, because I've sent in all kinds of puzzle books in. This last time I sent him a very odd shaped suduko challenge book and there was no problem with him receiving it.   I think the best bet, is always call the individual prison and ask what they allow.



           
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2007, 05:46:57 AM »
Your guy is at Stateville, correct?  That is awesome, I'll have to give it a shot, thanks!
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« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2007, 05:47:50 AM »
Mah, I wasn't saying that they can't receive them, I'm referring to leaving them at the prison when you visit.  Most prisons allow you to leave books, most often up to five, Stateville has a sign that indicates no puzzle books.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2007, 05:52:49 AM »
Well, I have also left them at the front desk, when I've visited. I plan on taking some on my next visit and yes they do allow only five at one time to be brought in on a visit, at least something is consistent..
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« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2007, 05:53:34 AM »
Imagine that, consistency in the DOC. :)
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2007, 06:30:35 AM »
Yes, my guy is at Stateville. He thought it awesome to have gotten the puzzle (1000 pieces to start with). and enjoyed it so much. Oops. it even got him sidetracked from writing me :-), keeping him so busy . Mind that Amazon.com doesn't deliver boxes to a PO Box. I ordered it at Puzzlehouse.com though.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2007, 06:51:17 AM »
I send books all the time to him from Amazon.com...
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2007, 07:30:36 AM »
Yes, so do I for books. I wasn't yet quite correct in what I said. I got to order a jigsaw puzzle at Amazon, though they direct it to another seller, and it is that seller not sending boxes to P.O's This does make more sense I think?
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« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2007, 10:51:17 PM »
Kamana, did you just send him one puzzle?  I'm looking at the s/h and it's $7.00 something for one and 99 cents for each additional..I wonder if you can send more than one?
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2007, 03:36:20 AM »
I don't know what s/h is, but I sent him one puzzle, which was about double the price for me! Also I didn't dare to sent more puzzles in 'one' delivery, though it had gotten said puzzles are okay, one never knows when it comes really to the point! And my guy didn't know of any other guy having already experience, that they got a puzzle!
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2007, 08:19:14 AM »
I stand corrected...I thought the sign at Stateville said you cannot leave puzzle books during a visit..it actually reads puzzles...which leads me to believe that they've allowed jigsaw puzzles for quite some time.

I did call and see if there were any restrictions.  You can send puzzles up to 1000 pieces, and you can send more than one, just "don't send a bunch" per the guy in the mailroom.  They have to be sealed, but you don't have to purchase them and have them sent from a distributor, you can send ones purchased at a store, as long as they are still sealed.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #34 on: February 13, 2007, 09:10:45 PM »
The sign at Stateville indicates no puzzle books...but who knows, it probably depends on who is working.

I gave my honey a puzzle book at Stateville back in January and he got it no problem. uncle johns bathroom reader book of puzzles to be exact. He also had it shipped with him back to Jacksonville and has had no problem at all with it.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #35 on: July 28, 2007, 09:39:58 PM »
Thanks for the staple-less suggestion, I found them all over...eBay, amazon & other sites just have to decide where to buy it from! It will work great for keeping all the copied comics I'm planning on sending my friend together  &*&

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2008, 03:07:57 PM »
I sent a Statesville Speaks Newsletter and stapled it but put tape over the staple. I was worried he wouldn't get it at all but he did. I forgot to ask if the staple was removed but I was just glad that he got it period. That was at Hill

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #37 on: December 29, 2009, 06:18:42 PM »
Ok  my son is in processing at Stateville.  A few questions.  One--if I send him puzzle books --will they give him a pencil to do them??    Can I send him puzzles?? I dont know if he likes them--but he may be desperate enough to do them  haha.   I,also, have one of those "stapleless" staplers--I love them.  Now I know I can do that to my letters to him.  I read where they can get cassettes and etc??  how do they listen to them? What kind?  When he gets to the parent prison can he buy a cassette or cd player??  I could send him the bible on cassette!!  But I think he may want to read it more.  Can I send him a bible--or do they have some available there??  He has an expensive bible here so I would want to send a cheaper one--I bet our church would donate one.    Should I wait to send all this neat stuff when he gets to the parent prison--but it could be awhile??

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #38 on: December 29, 2009, 06:39:08 PM »
Yeah I am curious now....can I send jigsaw puzzles to R&C
(less than a 1000 pieces and a sealed box, caught that part)

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #39 on: December 29, 2009, 08:02:42 PM »
Yeah I am curious now....can I send jigsaw puzzles to R&C
(less than a 1000 pieces and a sealed box, caught that part)


No, you can only send letters and magazines ... jigsaw puzzles have been banned and they were only allowed to regular inmates not for R&C.

Once he gets to his parent prison, you have to put money on his books for him to buy a cassette player and the cassettes, you cannot send him any, they need to be bought from special companies, they are special clear cased tapes.

  You can send him a Bible and magazines and books, puzzle books if you want.  This is all you will be able to send him besides money, when he gets to his parent prison. He cannot have any money in R&C and it would only take time to catch up with him if you send it now.

When he gets to his parent prison, he will go through orientation and fill out his visiting and phone lists.Once those are approved he will be able to call and have visitors. He will also be able to go to commissary once he goes through orientation and that's when he will need money on his books.  You can send money through money orders, but they cannot be in increments bigger than $50 each. So if you send him $200 at first, you will need to send 4 money orders totally $50 each.. You can also send money via western union, but this is much more expensive to do.  
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #40 on: December 29, 2009, 08:22:30 PM »
becca ... They get a pencil in R&C but they have to conserve it because there is no way to sharpen it . He will get a Bible and the Chaplin comes around every two weeks with magazines and books. I would not send anything except maybe a letter, but be warned the mail is slow most of the time. When he gets to his parent prison be ready to send money. You can bring books with you too when you visit, I think only three at a time. Check with the facility before you go. They can buy a walkman from commissary and the cassettes can only be ordered through the prison. You can not send them any because they can't have any screws in them. I know it could be awhile but there is nothing you can do. I know in Jacksonville it cost about 40.00 for a walkman and tapes can be around 4.00 to 50.00. My suggestion is buy the TV because they have digital radio stations he can listen to.  Start up is around 400.00 to 500.00 , that is what we spent when my son first went in.  He needed shoes and his own underwear, socks, TV and the headphones to listen to it because it doesn't come with speakers. It depends on what he thinks he'll need. Oh yeah and they have to pay for the cable too. My son tells me that the guys who had TVs stayed out of trouble so you might really want to make sure he has one. I know this sounds like alot but we didn't do it all at once but sent the money in every week to buy something.  Hope this helps.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #41 on: December 29, 2009, 08:57:47 PM »
They have to buy their own clothes??  Isn't that ridiculous when he has his clothes here?? my goodness.  How do they keep the clothes separated?  I have heard they have to do their own wash?? So it is not like on tv  where a crew is in the laundry room all day washing and drying clothes??
oh my goodness.  $500.  I sure hope he can wait so we can send like every couple weeks.  We are not rich by any means.  Plus my hubby is retired.  I will be telling all of our friends and relatives to start sending me money  haha.  I am sure he will understand.  I most definitely had the price of a tv right off the bat.  How much does cable cost per month??  Well he may have to go shoeless for a couple months  (joke).  My son got very hooked on tv shows when he was on curfew.  I am sure he is missing some. I watch some but I dont think I should tell him in case he can see them later haha.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #42 on: December 29, 2009, 09:48:19 PM »
They are issued some clothes, underwear, gym shoes or boots & a coat among some minimal hygene items. If they can afford to do so, they might buy EXTRA sweatpants, socks or t-shirts, hygene & food items through commisary.

They are trying to convert to a smaller tv like a portable DVD player you use in a car for around $225. in some prisons. The cable referred to is the actual wire cable to plug into a wall outlet & the headphones for them to listen to it is sold seperately. Basic cable service is provided, not charged monthly. Where he is sent as his home prison will determine if a tv is even needed so wait on that. For example, a dorm style prison like Vandalia, personal tv's are not allowed & there is only a community tv in the room.

It's not entirely pleasant but they can & many do survive on just what they are provided, the state pay & getting a job if able to. Please keep that in mind & set a budget for yourself. Postage, magazines, books, money order fees, visits & an allowance adds up really really fast for all of us on the outside. It does help them to know what to expect & how much they can order to pace themselves or stock up for lockdowns if you send it steady, instead of 20 here & 50 a couple months from now.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #43 on: December 30, 2009, 06:48:17 AM »
When they go in they are issued a set of "blues" which includes a shirt, pair of pants, coat and a pair of black boots. They are also issued one tshirt, one pair of boxers and one pair of socks. They can buy tshirts, underwear, socks , shoes and all that stuff on commisary. They do their own laundry or at least at the prison my husband is at. He will also have to buy his laundry soap and all of his hygiene products as well. They do not charge for cable but they do have a channel that plays nothing but new movies and they are charged for that but they take it out of their state pay every month and it is like $1.40/month. If you have any other questions we will try and answer them for you.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #44 on: December 30, 2009, 06:54:07 AM »
I forget---where is your l/o codyand becca?    Ok  1.40 a month for cable is not bad at all  haha I was thinking like my bill is  80 a month.     Yes I told my son i would send quite a bit at first but after that like 50-100 a month.  Is that good---too much or too less??    Thanks Waid---you both answered some questions.  mine is at statesville right now  but i think he will be transferred to Danville.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #45 on: December 30, 2009, 09:47:19 AM »
My husband is in Big Muddy River Correctional Center. You should send however much you can afford and whatever you do.. do not over extend yourself. I have done that in the past and will no longer do such a thing. If you can afford $50-100 a month then that will be fine.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #46 on: December 30, 2009, 12:53:55 PM »
My guy doesn't have a job & I could only send $25.00 a month. Few & far between his family would send him 25 or 50 & he LEARNED to ration himself.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #47 on: March 11, 2012, 11:25:43 AM »
Is there a size restriction on envelopes?

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #48 on: March 11, 2012, 11:42:16 AM »
Is there a size restriction on envelopes?

Not that I am aware of I use the long envelopes and have used large manilla envelopes as well. And I use the priority letter size envelopes from the post office as well.

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« Reply #49 on: March 11, 2012, 11:48:37 AM »
I have this 12 by 15 heavy duty envelope that I want to send books & magazines in.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #50 on: March 11, 2012, 11:51:53 AM »
I have this 12 by 15 heavy duty envelope that I want to send books & magazines in.

It should be fine just don't put tape on it does need tape have the post office do it for you. It is always safer to use the post offices packaging the packaging is free depending on what you want to use.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #51 on: March 11, 2012, 04:41:40 PM »
I have this 12 by 15 heavy duty envelope that I want to send books & magazines in.

No bubble wrapped envelopes to send books in either, just regular manilla envelopes.
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #52 on: March 11, 2012, 05:30:53 PM »
I have this 12 by 15 heavy duty envelope that I want to send books & magazines in.

No bubble wrapped envelopes to send books in either, just regular manilla envelopes.


According to the information on the updated IDOC website, envelopes padded with clear bubble wrap are now acceptable:



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 these directly from a vendor or a total of 5 items in any combination as long as the combination does not exceed 5 through the mail.

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.  

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #53 on: March 11, 2012, 05:33:39 PM »
I would still call each facility and ask.  We have been round and round about this since IPT was started. I don't trust what they say.  If indeed they have changed their polices it would be wonderful, but I would urge everyone to call their mailrooms and ask before sending anything in  bubble wrapped envelopes!
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #54 on: March 11, 2012, 05:55:02 PM »
The first few books I sent to my husband I did use bubble padded envelopes but I used the ones from the post office. I then switched to the free priority envelopes because the lady said it would be cheaper. He received those books each time. I bought some manilla bubble envelopes but have not used them because of reading on here that they are not acceptable. I am just sticking to the post office packaging for his books just to be on the safe side.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #55 on: March 12, 2012, 01:06:49 AM »
I bought white Tyvek envelopes on Ebay. Tyvek is the same material the priority envelopes are made of. They are strong and never need additional tape.

If you are sending just books, the cheapest rate is media mail. Just tell the clerk at the post office you want to send it media mail.
Media mail does not include magazines or catalogs.

I have never paid more than $5 to mail books and always send 5 at a time. I have mailed at least 20 pkgs of books. My own crusade to update the prison library.

Priority mail is expensive and it does not get your books there any faster. I've sent books and sometimes he gets them in a few days and other times they take 2 weeks before they give them to him. I  also don't waste money on delivery confirmation. Haven't had any problems cept the one time I sent a writers textbook on police procedures and how to write believable crime stories. They returned that one. Go figure.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #56 on: March 12, 2012, 08:34:38 AM »
That's because they have a policy not to accept those type of books.  They also don't allow true crime stories involving anyone that is currently within the IDOC system.  The reason the times vary is because every book must go through the book reviewer at each prison.  He must approve every book, magazine, etc for contraband content.  They won't accept hunting magazines, anything with guns involved, survival, etc.  They don't allow magazines, etc. that contain alcohol related ads or articles either...especially no drugs...

If the book reviewer is on vacation you'll wait even longer...and if he likes one and wants to read it himself, you'll wait even longer.

As far as size limitation...YES they do have a size limit although I'm not sure what it is.  They don't accept those very large greeting cards.  So I suggest everyone call and ask the mailroom at their individual prisons.  You can't take anyone's opinion about this here, as each prison makes their own rules about mail.  What might be acceptable at one prison is not acceptable at another.  And when you're dealing with all levels of security there are exceptions.  Bubble wrap can be used to hide contraband...I've repeated this many times here, think about the security angle when you question why something is done by IDOC....
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #57 on: March 12, 2012, 09:01:32 AM »
If the book reviewer is on vacation you'll wait even longer...and if he likes one and wants to read it himself, you'll wait even longer.

 :wc15: I got a kick out of reading this you gave me my laugh for the day. I wondered if they did that lol. I sent my husband Chicken Soup for the Prisoners Soul and he hadnt received it as quickly as the other ones so I though well hummm maye someone else wanted to read it first lol. But he did eventually get it.

And as for the priority mailing mine has always gotten there the day after I mail it to him and sometimes he has gotten them the same day other times he hasn't. I always have put a mail confirmation on them just to be safe.

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #58 on: March 12, 2012, 09:06:10 AM »
Well, I was told by the book reviewer at Stateville that my books were tied up because he had stacks of them on his desk, but he added that he enjoyed the books I sent and loved true crime stuff....and said he was gonna read one I mailed first, since I sent about six at a time.... 
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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #59 on: September 25, 2012, 01:58:51 PM »
is it legal to rise prices every week for commisary?

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Re: Dumb question: staples...paper clips?
« Reply #60 on: September 25, 2012, 07:55:15 PM »
I have not herd of the Instuitions doing this?

Where did you get your information?


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Re: Dumb Question: Staples…Paper Clips?
« Reply #61 on: October 06, 2013, 09:09:04 AM »
Just short of hearing from my BF, is there anyway to know if he is getting the books and letters I'm sending him?

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Re: Dumb Question: Staples…Paper Clips?
« Reply #62 on: October 06, 2013, 10:13:00 AM »
Just short of hearing from my BF, is there anyway to know if he is getting the books and letters I'm sending him?

No, sometimes they don't receive everything in R&C, if not it is all forwarded to them when they are moved to their parent prisons.
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Re: Dumb Question: Staples…Paper Clips?
« Reply #63 on: October 06, 2013, 07:18:53 PM »
How are they denied mail when it is supposed to be a right and not a privilege?

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Re: Dumb Question: Staples…Paper Clips?
« Reply #64 on: October 06, 2013, 07:22:53 PM »
How are they denied mail when it is supposed to be a right and not a privilege?

Call them and ask ... the mail is just slow, they eventually get it.
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Re: Dumb Question: Staples…Paper Clips?
« Reply #65 on: November 04, 2013, 09:26:57 PM »
Not sure if I put this in the right place, just wondering if the inmates can have journal's? And is so,what kind can they or can't they have?thanks for any help
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« Reply #66 on: November 04, 2013, 09:31:43 PM »
Not sure if I put this in the right place, just wondering if the inmates can have journal's? And is so,what kind can they or can't they have?thanks for any help

No, you cannot send in any kind of blanked paged journals.
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Re: Dumb Question: Staples…Paper Clips?
« Reply #67 on: November 04, 2013, 10:13:08 PM »
I sent my son a journal when he was at ill river.  It was a guided journal with a bible berse and thought for the day on each page.

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« Reply #68 on: November 04, 2013, 10:27:35 PM »
I sent my son a journal when he was at ill river.  It was a guided journal with a bible berse and thought for the day on each page.

Yes, it was not blank, there is a difference, blank journals are not accepted, I had one sent back to me.
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