It’s even more crucial when the distance becomes long-distance — as is the case with a loved one on the inside. We understand this challenging time and want to make the process of sending mail to prison as easy as possible.
You may wonder if it’s worth it to send physical mail to your beloved inmate. The simple answer is: of course it is.
Sending mail to an incarcerated loved one is different from sending “regular” mail. There are a few key points to keep in mind when sending mail or pictures to inmates:
Prisons typically receive mail within a few days to a week, depending on where it’s sent from. When you send photos through Pelipost, the facility receives your pictures within 3-5 days.
Once it reaches the facility, things get a little trickier. Every correctional facility has its own process for handling mail — some more efficient than others.
Ensuring your incarcerated loved one’s mailing address is the best way to get mail to them — be as specific as possible. This can include their DIV #, Bunk #, Cell #, etc.
It’s also worth noting what is and isn’t allowed in the facility to minimize the risk of your mail being denied.
When sending mail to an incarcerated loved one, you should know your rights.
Inmates are protected by the First Amendment and have the right to send and receive mail while incarcerated — as well as the right to freedom of speech.
They have the right to read books and magazines, to call or write to loved ones, and the right to criticize government or state officials.
While incarcerated people are protected under this amendment, there are censorship regulations to be aware of. Non-privileged mail — i.e., letters from family and friends — can be opened and censored by prison officials without a warrant for security reasons.
While this is true, you still have the right to send photos to inmates in prison.
You can take steps to avoid mail censorship in prison.
Make the process of sending photos to
inmates easier with Pelipost
All you have to do is upload your photos to the Pelipost App and
enter the correct mailing address. We handle the rest!