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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #100 on: January 25, 2011, 12:06:09 AM »
You could also take the glued pictures to a color copier facility and have them copy the sheets you glued with pictures or do dahs. 
A group of friends and I put together a picture scarpbook for a friend with pictures, stickers, and other scrapbook materials on the pages.  One of our friends took them to Kinkos or someplace with color copying and had copies made so we all got a copy of the original as well.  The quality was great (just  like the original)  minus all the glue and do dahs.  You could also do it on a plain black and white copier but I don't know how good the finished quality would be?  Anyway, it's a way to get it to him. 

As for mailrooms my LO says each facility has it's set of rules of what can and cannot be sent.  But also within the facility it depends on who's checking the mail that day also.  Some are stricter then others.  I sent a fishing/hunting magazine which he got the first time, however the second time he was told he couldn't have them because there were pictures of weapons (fishing knives and hunting rifles) Like he's going to cut them out and do what with them????   :wc15:
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #101 on: January 25, 2011, 07:45:01 AM »
Ok thanks  I'll try kinkos then ! ok I'm happy again thanks you guys!
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #102 on: January 25, 2011, 09:43:49 AM »
Yeah, I have the same problem with magazines!! My l/o loves fishing, and I sent him a lot of those while he was in Cook County with no problem, but for some reason for the last month he was in there they denied magazines twice!!! For the same reason - weapons showing. SO????? Well... I did not try to send them again to his parent facility yet.. I think I'll try to bring one with me the next time I go visit and ask.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #103 on: January 25, 2011, 09:54:57 AM »
Yeah, I have the same problem with magazines!! My l/o loves fishing, and I sent him a lot of those while he was in Cook County with no problem, but for some reason for the last month he was in there they denied magazines twice!!! For the same reason - weapons showing. SO????? Well... I did not try to send them again to his parent facility yet.. I think I'll try to bring one with me the next time I go visit and ask.

If the magazine you are sending/taking him has any contraband pictures in it, they will be denied.. so if you look first and take those ads out, he will be allowed to have it.. I sent a fishing catalog in once and it had some ads for knives and it was banned until I took those pages out.

Contraband pics like knives, guns, etc.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #104 on: January 25, 2011, 10:07:02 AM »
I will have to try to find one for only fishing (because there are a lot of pictures with guns in hunting magazines  :wc1: )

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #105 on: March 07, 2011, 11:07:27 PM »
Just a quick question. he want's me to send some info about house arrest, i found it on the doc website, would that be ok? or should i not do it.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #106 on: March 07, 2011, 11:47:43 PM »
Just a quick question. he want's me to send some info about house arrest, i found it on the doc website, would that be ok? or should i not do it.
I believe you can send info like that. You just need to either tear off or mark out any website address that prints on the top or bottom of the pages you've printed. I have sent my hubby articles and info on the latest MGT stuff and he got it without a problem.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #107 on: March 08, 2011, 07:05:22 AM »
Thank you so much for your response! i appreciate it.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #108 on: March 24, 2011, 04:42:34 PM »
M mentioned that he would like to have a landscaper's stencil to use for some projects. They are usually a thin plastic. I'm thinking something like that would be a no-no. Any thoughts?

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #109 on: March 24, 2011, 04:47:38 PM »
I have always thought to myself "If I think it MIGHT be considered contraband, then it probably is" at least in IDOC's eyes. If you send it and it got sent back I would think no harm done but at the same time I would hope that IDOC doesn't consider it a weapon and start to watch his mail and maybe phone calls more carefully. I'm just very suspect of IDOC to begin with so it's something I wouldn't put past them. Then again, he may get it and no one says a word. I guess if you really are torn, call the mail room at his facility and ask them. They would know best as to whether or not it would be accepted or returned.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #110 on: March 24, 2011, 04:48:30 PM »
I think so too, only because almost everything thing can be used as a weapon now-a-days.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #111 on: April 09, 2011, 04:49:49 PM »
I know that dictionaries are considered contraband.
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #112 on: April 09, 2011, 05:00:54 PM »
Maybe the dictionary thing is specific to certain facilities? I was able to send a bible dictionary and a regular Websters dictionary to hubby and that was while he was in receiving at Graham. He got them both and was able to take them with him to Pittsfield.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #113 on: April 09, 2011, 05:15:36 PM »
We sent my husband a websters and it was returned as contraband from Graham r&c. last week
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #114 on: April 09, 2011, 05:56:08 PM »
Most facilities do not allow you to send them a regular dictionary simply because they sell them through the commissary.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #115 on: April 09, 2011, 06:19:33 PM »
Ahhhh so my hubby's got overlooked by a mail room person by accident. Oopsie on them!

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #116 on: April 09, 2011, 07:17:42 PM »
Ahhhh so my hubby's got overlooked by a mail room person by accident. Oopsie on them!

He was in R&C and they don't usually them shop for things like that while in R&C, but you did get lucky!
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #117 on: April 18, 2011, 11:57:20 PM »
Ok, so J asked me to send him a book on boxing because he likes the sport and thinks it would be a good exercise to learn. I'm thinking that they might not allow it since it's essentially teaching him how to box/fight. He says that it should pass. I buy him books through ebay and I cant return them if they dont accept them (I've have 2 books denied that he swore he could get). So Im asking my IPT crew for some insight. What do you guys think? :wc13:  :wc14:
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #118 on: April 19, 2011, 12:52:53 AM »
Hmm, considering this is a prison it would be sent to, if I worked in the mailroom I don't think I'd let that book pass. They might think he was up to something or preparing to fight someone rather than see it as exercise...that's just what I thought immediately after reading your post. I would call the mailroom directly on that one.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #119 on: April 26, 2011, 01:28:53 PM »
I wrote a paper for my psychosexual development class about the impact of incarceration on sex and intimacy...basically it's about my fiancee and me and how we cope plus a bunch of theories and research relevant to the topic...he'd really like to read it...would that be ok for me to send to him???