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Offline chadsangel4

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #180 on: May 23, 2012, 03:16:39 PM »
I didn't think we could send things in boxes...am I wrong?
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #181 on: May 23, 2012, 04:15:56 PM »
I didn't think we could send things in boxes...am I wrong?

You can send things in USPS Priority/flat rate boxes only.
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #182 on: May 25, 2012, 05:30:06 PM »
I didn't think we could send things in boxes...am I wrong?

You can send things in USPS Priority/flat rate boxes only.

Awesome!  Thanks for the info!!
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #183 on: June 04, 2012, 11:11:47 AM »
Just thought I would let anybody with an LO at Stateville know, they do not allow the USPS/Flat rate boxes there.  I just wasted $11.35 finding this out. 
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #184 on: July 08, 2012, 06:46:09 AM »
This is my first time.... i tried to send a soft covered book in a bubble (padded) envelope. This type of envelope is not allowed.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #185 on: July 08, 2012, 06:54:36 AM »
Thats very odd that they accept them in some places and not others? I just sent a book in those bubble padded envelopes last monday and he got it on Friday. Interesting.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #186 on: July 08, 2012, 06:57:24 AM »
This is my first time.... i tried to send a soft covered book in a bubble (padded) envelope. This type of envelope is not allowed.

Welcome to IPT. 

Each facility has it's own rules for envelopes, most only allow manilla ...  the best thing to do is call the mail room before mailing to find out or just take them with if you are going on a visit, saving all the problems and cost of shipping.
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #187 on: October 03, 2012, 10:52:08 PM »
So... I recently sent my bf a map of Illinois so he could know where he was geographically. I now realized that I shouldn't have done that. What normally happens in situations like this? Will I get banned from visiting or will he get in trouble. I feel awful for doing it. I don't want him to get in trouble! He is in Shawnee. Please help... Should I call?

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #188 on: October 04, 2012, 03:35:01 AM »
So... I recently sent my bf a map of Illinois so he could know where he was geographically. I now realized that I shouldn't have done that. What normally happens in situations like this? Will I get banned from visiting or will he get in trouble. I feel awful for doing it. I don't want him to get in trouble! He is in Shawnee. Please help... Should I call?

No, they will tell him he got something in the mail, but that he cannot have it and they will either send it back to you or just throw it out.  Many have made this mistake, you are not the only one ..
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #189 on: October 13, 2012, 07:31:37 AM »
Don't feel bad Cdjohns1106, I did something similar.  I am moving the the area where my LO is incarcerated so I sent him home listings with the map attached pointing out how close I would be to him.  It was done innocently and with the intent fully written out in the letter with the listing.  I got the entire thing back in the mail about 2 weeks later with a pink slip explaining why.  I felt so stupid...my LO and I still giggle about it from time to time. I am more careful now and remember that to society he is not viewed with the love and trust that I feel for him.   :wc95:

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #190 on: March 12, 2013, 07:12:10 PM »
I'm sure this question has been asked before, but my eyes are too tired to read through the entire thread.

So.....is there a size limit on calendars?

I know it has to be non-spiral.

He has said that he'd like a business calendar; one with lines. Something that he can write on.

Would something like this be acceptable? Non-spiral, of course.

http://www.amazon.com/AT-A-GLANCE-Recycled-Monthly-Calendar-PM2-28/dp/B0088VSYQ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1363132717&sr=1-1&keywords=wall+calendar+2013
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #191 on: March 12, 2013, 09:52:37 PM »
When I asked C about calendars, he told me that they couldn't be any bigger than 8.5x11 (paper size), or they don't fit into his box right. He wanted the same type of calendar.  What I did was, something like this... http://www.amazon.com/AT-A-GLANCE-Outlink-Recycled-Monthly-70-2009-10/dp/B0088VRZ7Y/ref=sr_1_24?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1363142982&sr=1-24&keywords=8x10+office+calendar  at Wal-mart, and just took the spiral off.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #192 on: March 13, 2013, 12:20:16 PM »
Oh; I just love you! Lol thank you! That's perfect!
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #193 on: May 29, 2013, 05:26:57 PM »
does anyone know if i can send manila 9x12 envelopes in a bubblewrap envelope to inmate?? :wc14: :wc13:

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #194 on: May 29, 2013, 05:57:41 PM »
does anyone know if i can send manila 9x12 envelopes in a bubblewrap envelope to inmate?? :wc14: :wc13:


are you asking if you can send envelopes inside another envelope?  If yes, the answer is NO.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #195 on: September 15, 2013, 11:55:23 PM »
Well I just got a package back from my pen pal and they must have charged him the 9.45 to send it back to me! They said the postcards and unused card were contraband... I've sent postcards before no worries. I'm very dissapointed now.. and another parcel I put the wrong po box it came back destroyed with 50% of the xontents missing.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #196 on: September 16, 2013, 07:01:32 PM »
Where can I find an IDOC vendor for music?

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #197 on: September 16, 2013, 07:03:20 PM »
So I sent my husband a package of pictures and things I did for my bday weekend.  It was sent to IA because it was considered contraband because they photos contained bottles of alcohol on the background in addition to people taking shots.  Are they serious?  I have sent him many pictures like this before, why would they put a block on it now.

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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #198 on: September 16, 2013, 07:45:17 PM »
Where can I find an IDOC vendor for music?

Call the prison your LO is at and ask who they allow and if you can order or does your LO have to order himself.
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Re: What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #199 on: September 16, 2013, 07:47:25 PM »
So I sent my husband a package of pictures and things I did for my bday weekend.  It was sent to IA because it was considered contraband because they photos contained bottles of alcohol on the background in addition to people taking shots.  Are they serious?  I have sent him many pictures like this before, why would they put a block on it now.

Very serious, even though you have sent pictures like this before, you were lucky they were never stopped then,

 Any pictures with weapons, booze in them are considered contraband and destroyed, not allowed.

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