Sending photos to MCAC

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Heinz's picture
Sending photos to MCAC

Hi everyone,

I have a pp in Maryland Correctional Adjustment Centre (a supermax). He says he wants some pictures of my country. I'd like to know if there are any guidelines to sending photos to that particular place? For instance:

1) Can inmates on lockdown receive photos at all?
2) If they can, how many can photos can they have at one time? I plan to send him lots. =)
3) How many photos can I send in one envelope?
4) What is the largest size possible? Is it 3R? 4R?

I have a hunch that guidelines vary across the US. Any information on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Edited by: Heinz on Mar 4 2010 - 9:57am Reason: Imported from old database.
Xtina's picture

I don’t personally know about that particular prison, but the best way to know for sure, is to call them or email them. They’ll give you the exact info you need :)

Merrill C.
Merrill C.'s picture

An easy way though a bit much in postage is to send picture postcards. I do not know Maryland rules, most states in NE USA limit pictures to 5 per letter if they have the one ounce mail restriction. Most inmates can share their mail restrictions! Best wishes!

SandyF's picture

Hi Heinz,

this is an extract from the Maryland Inmate Handbook (2007):

K. Mail

Mail is correspondence, written materials, or publications. This includes, but is not limited to, letters,
books, newspapers, magazines and other publications, addressed to or from an inmate. These items
may be leaving or entering a Division facility via the U.S. Postal Service, or via a recognized courier
system. This definition includes written communication between inmates within an institution. Only
inmates who are immediate family, or co-defendants in an active legal action, may correspond.
Correspondence between inmates is subject to inspection by staff at the sending and receiving
institutions. All correspondence between inmates must be sent via U.S. Postal Service.

Legal Mail is identified on the envelope as from a court, judge, clerk of court, attorney-at-law, the
American Civil Liberties Union, PRISM, Inc., Legal Aid Bureau, Commissioner of Correction, the
Governor, Attorney General, Member of Congress, Maryland General Assembly, the Secretary of
Public Safety and Correctional Services, Inmate Grievance Office, or Office of Administrative
Hearings, when received on official stationery of the aforementioned persons or agencies. It is also
mail addressed from an inmate to any of the above persons or agencies. Legal mail may be opened
and inspected only in front of the inmate to whom it is addressed.

Incoming Mail must bear the inmate’s name and Division identification number. It will be opened
before delivery to the inmate and inspected only for money orders, cash, stamps, checks and
contraband. Inmate mail will not be further reviewed unless there is evidence that it contains
material that:

1. is contraband;
2. describes escape plans, devices or paraphernalia;
3. describes construction or use of weapons, ammunition, bombs, incendiary devices or other
means of inflicting bodily harm;
4. describes procedures for brewing alcoholic beverages or the manufacture of drugs;
5. is in code;
6. is sexually explicit as stated in mail directives;
7. describes theory, design, or manufacture of prison security systems or equipment, including
prison communication systems or equipment;
8. instructs in the commission of violation of Division directives that will produce a breach of
security or order in the prison;
9. advocates or instructs the formation of inmate unions;
10. poses a direct and immediate danger of violence or physical harm to person(s) based upon
current circumstances within the institution.

Outgoing mail may be sealed with the inmate’s name, identification number, and name and return
address of the institution on the envelope. Postage must be on the envelope, unless the inmate is
indigent. If an inmate has less than $4.00 in his/her active account for 30 days, he/she may be
indigent. Indigent inmates can request postage and writing materials for seven letters each week.
Indigent inmates may ask their case management specialists for additional postage and writing
materials for legal mail. If the inmate has funds, his/her case management specialist can tell him/her
how to use money from his/her account with his/her letter. Outgoing mail will be stamped to show
that the mail is being sent by an inmate from a correctional institution and the date the mail was
processed in the prison.

Withholding Mail. Incoming and outgoing mail, except packages, will not be held more than 24
hours, except on weekends and holidays, in unusual circumstances, or where it is shown that the mail
contains materials described above. If mail is withheld, the inmate and the person who sent the mail
to the inmate shall be afforded the following elements of due process:

1. The inmate will be notified that mail is being withheld 48 hours after the decision to
withhold his/her mail. The notice will tell the inmate the reason the mail is withheld.
2. The person who sent the inmate the mail that is being withheld will receive written notice of
the decision to withhold the mail and the reason for that decision.
3. The inmate and the person who sent the mail will be told how to appeal the decision to
withhold the mail.

From what I've read photos are allowed, but no polaroids - as it said I would go for 5 photos.

Here is the link to the MD Department of Corrections, there's a fax number -
MD Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

also : ask your pp ! He can ask about the mail rules, he will have no problem getting the right info !

SandyF's picture

Oh, one member is from MD - her name is Valkyrie, she seems very nice :)

Maybe she can call the facility for you ?

Send her a pm !

Heinz's picture

Thanks everyone for the help. I'll send my pp the photos soon.