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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2007, 09:37:10 PM »
Can I send paperback books to my son at Statesville R&C in an envelope with bubble wrap on the inside?,and if he gets sent to home prison will they forward them there I don't know when he's leaving there.Thanks Dianne

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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2007, 07:00:22 AM »
Yes dianne you can send him up to five at one time.  His property *should* be moved with him, but you never know with the IDOC.   If he is going to bootcamp he may be there 3-4 months, if not he could be in R&C a month or more.

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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2007, 07:12:24 AM »
I'd skip the bubble wrap envelope to be safe.  I just packed them in plain brown envelopes and they were always received in fine condition.
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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2008, 12:44:35 AM »
Depends on the prison. I use labels all the time going to Menard. Stickers, no. But mailing labels are okay. However, some of the prisons have a no-label rule. I'm not sure which ones, so it would be a good idea to call before sending them out. If you're sending quite a bit of mail, why not send them in a priority package? You can stuff quite a bit into a flat rate envelope for about $4.00. Then you can also add delivery confirmation so you'll know if and when the prison receives it (that way they can't claim it never showed up).
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2008, 04:58:28 PM »
So I am assuming the 10 postage paid envelopes and 30 pages of blank paper (his name printed at the top of each) will be returned to me? I sent these to Statesville R&C... MAN I sent these Express mail thorugh USPS. It was expensive... 

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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2008, 05:01:24 PM »
Yep. The package will be sent back to you and the postage will be deducted from the inmate's account. Usually, it is mailed back via the method used to send it in.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2008, 05:03:50 PM »
What do you mean the postage deducted from his account?
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #27 on: January 15, 2008, 05:08:39 PM »
Each inmate has a trust account with money sent from home and from the piddlling amount of monthly state pay they receive. The return postage will either be deducted from it if there's a balance, or he'll have a negative balance until something is added to it.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2008, 04:02:58 PM »
I've sent my baby's cell mate his idoc page with picture and everything to him... with some things highlighted on it. He is trying to figure out how to get rid of the sex offender mark since he now applies for the violent offender against youth registration (he killed a teen in a gang fight on accident. stray bullet type thing) and it got accepted. and i sent Idoc reviews of transitional facilities... and I send letters to multiple people in one envelope with it very identifiable. I use the word art for their name and make it like size 60. and so on.



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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2008, 04:21:31 PM »
I sent a bunch of postage paid envelopes to G when He first got to P'ville. They let them know that I couldnt send them anymore but they didnt send them back to me either.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2008, 01:41:57 PM »
Dazzler so address labels aren't excepted and the Hair part is funny before I came on today  I was putting an address label on my bill and my hair got stuck to the envolope Hahaha and I have gotten stuff on the letter but I've wiped it off real quick for the perfume I spray all mine with perfume.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2008, 11:02:59 PM »
It varies at each facility, it's safer not to use a label. Definately no decorative stickers or envelope seals allowed.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2008, 08:30:33 AM »
okay thank you and Quick couple Questions What is the Statesville Farm Classified as is it the prison too or is it boot camp and  what ever it is how much things can he get like picture and letter wise.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2008, 11:48:20 PM »
Statesville farm is Low Minimum-Security Unit Level 7. It's a work release, not boot camp & is under the supervision of the same warden for the level 7 prison. I'm not familiar with what they allow, please check the specific prison profile or sending mail forum. Letters into any prison are unlimited, # of pics they can have maybe limited there.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #34 on: March 04, 2008, 10:30:39 AM »
 :wc38: I will wait till My Hubby Writes back to tell me what he can and what he can't have. because I can't find Statesville Farm on IDOC website
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2008, 10:44:35 AM »
shawns...my son came home from the farm in December & my experience with mail there was that it is very slow.  :wc32: I only wrote him a few letters as his stay there was short. It took about 3 weeks for him to receive his mail. Before I found IPT to get info on sending $$$$, I sent a money order to him & it took about 3 weeks also to get on his books. By the time he received that $$$ I had sent him more using Western Union because by then I had found this wonderful site!!!  :wc22: I left him books at each visit & those have to be left at the main visiting desk, not over at the farm. Hope this helps, holler if you have any further questions.
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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2008, 01:40:44 PM »
I can't go visit my husband because of my kids I heard that the age level they are considered as vistors and not minors and since theres 3 at a time and I don't have anyone to watch the kids so I can't leave the books but thank you. I sent 290 to him western union he's gotten one letter so Hopefully he'll get them. I don't know but I appreciate you helping me. I've never heard of the Farm until now and It's not even on the IDOC website. and Is there a topic for Statesville Farm?

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Re: What Is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2008, 09:22:28 PM »
While my son was at Stateville, I have sent him several topics printed from Wikipeda off the internet.  He received those with no problem. I wasn't sure how it counted toward the 5 books/magazine rules, so I would just send a few with each package of magazines i sent him.  He was also able to receive them at prebootcamp. I also sent him several newspaper clippings, no problem with that either.
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Hi - My screen name is Mamasan and my son 38 yrs old has just been convicted and has been at Statesville R & C since Sept. 5th, 2008.  We have sent books and mail and received a couple of letters and a birthday card from him but nothing more.  We have had no phone calls or other information.  Now the IDOC indicates that he is at the Statesville Farm.  He is not eligible for Boot Camp because of his age so we can't figure out what this means.  Can you help us understand what goes on at Statesville R & C and what to expect.  He will be in IDOC apx. 3 years not counting good time and programs.  ANY INFO WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!  We have never dealt with the prison system and we are lost in Texas.  Thank you and any others in advance for information!  Mamasan

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What is Considered Contraband in Mail?
« Reply #38 on: September 19, 2008, 09:35:18 PM »
The Stateville Farm is minimum security.  Usually workers for the Maximum unit are kept on the Farm.  This is a good thing!!  He may also be eligible for work release from the Farm.  If he was convicted of three years he'll be serving one year or less...to figure his good time divide the years in half and subtract an additional six months for meritous good time (overcrowding) and any time spent in county jail.  He is also eligible to receive 30 day blocks of good time for any programs/schooling...now does that make you feel better?  LOL.

Welcome to the forum.  If he's been assigned to the Farm he is no longer in R and C.  You should be hearing from him soon, if you have a telephone account open.
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« Reply #39 on: September 20, 2008, 08:00:55 AM »
The Stateville Farm is minimum security.  Usually workers for the Maximum unit are kept on the Farm.  This is a good thing!!  He may also be eligible for work release from the Farm.  If he was convicted of three years he'll be serving one year or less...to figure his good time divide the years in half and subtract an additional six months for meritous good time (overcrowding) and any time spent in county jail.  He is also eligible to receive 30 day blocks of good time for any programs/schooling...now does that make you feel better?  LOL.

Welcome to the forum.  If he's been assigned to the Farm he is no longer in R and C.  You should be hearing from him soon, if you have a telephone account open.
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Thanks you Dazzler, that does make me feel better!  I don't have a phone account, is there already a board for how to get a telephone account set up?  At Cook he just called collect and it was SO expensive.  I am we will all set up accounts if we can talk to him.  Does the phone account transfer with him if he does get transfered?
Thanks so much for the Farm info!  I'm feeling like a desperate mother down in Texas!