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Writing Conditions

I came across a WAP profile which states that addresses must be hand written / typed on envelopes, no address labels are allowed. There is no information on rules and regulations for writing to inmates on the WV web site.

Anyone have further information on this strange stipulation?

Edited by: Anonymous on Jul 8 2017 - 5:37am Reason: Imported from old database.
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vynte;1185785 wrote:
The rule might not be a rule set forth by the state department of corrections, but it may be a rule put in place by the warden who oversees that particular prison. [...]

That's what I was thinking. There are no rules on the WV State site, and also none on the facility site - which has plenty on visiting, but nothing on writing.

Anonymous
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Some things just make you want to shake you heard and go back to drinking cheap bourbon.

The map ruling I can understand, even glitter to a certain extent, but labels on the outside of an envelope strikes me as being one over the top, especially since stamps are stuck on exactly the same....

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Some prisons tear the stamps off the envelopes before giving it to the inmate, and other prisons don't give inmates the envelopes at all- just the letter inside.

I had heard that, and find it almost acceptable. Stamps are a trading commodity, and I'm sure that the most resourceful can remove the cancelling ink. Not having the envelope would, for me, be annoying, since it is easier to keep a letter clean and presentable when it has some form of protection around it, and that's basically what the envelope is there for.

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I agree. I have not written to anyone in a facility that did not give inmates the envelopes- I think that may be a rule within supermax facilities?

I'd be more inclined to think it is someone merely exercising a certain degree of power unnecessarily and vainly.

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I hadn't heard of the WV label rule but did see an article from March 2017 that said something about in WV prisoners would now be given only photocopies of their mail and the originals would be shredded.

Indeed, to prevent drug smuggling, because shredding family photographs is the next step in the War on Drugs.

Anonymous
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It's amazing how much you can get in to a prison, just by using photos. I'm very happy with all they do to be honest in cracking down on the drugs.

I must admit, I was quite successful recently, with just one item I managed to smuggle the north face of Everest into her prison cell. Polaroid I can understand, but not family photographs on normal professional photo paper.

FreakLikeMe
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It's amazing how much you can get in to a prison, just by using photos. I'm very happy with all they do to be honest in cracking down on the drugs.

FreakLikeMe
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They tear the back of photo off, put whatever in-between, glue round edges, when it gets to inmate they cut around the edge. 10 photos equals 10 fags if not more. God knows how much powdered crap you could get in-between. When you got that many photos and guards just flick through quickly just to make sure no nudity it's easily done, it's also how they do get naughty photos in. They tear front off a random photo and stick it on the naughty one, although now. They cut them up and send a piece in each letter. It really isn't a joking matter when your waiting on someone to be rehabilitated. And you got dumbass bitches that don't give a toss.

Girl On Fire
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Some things just make you want to shake you heard and go back to drinking cheap bourbon.

nooo! never drink cheap bourbon!

vynte
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The rule might not be a rule set forth by the state department of corrections, but it may be a rule put in place by the warden who oversees that particular prison. Different prisons have different rules about mail (even if the prisons are in the same state). It often depends upon the security level of the prison. The rule about no address labels is not an unusual occurrence. Other things I have seen banned are: children's crayon drawings, glitter, stickers, pages from magazines and newspapers, and polaroid photos.

It's nice of whoever posted the inmate's ad to state in the profile about the rule. There are occasions where some profiles fail to mention that certain prisons will not deliver introductory e-mails from pen pal sites (I've seen this happen with Kern Valley and Pelican Bay prisons, both in CA).

vynte
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Some prisons tear the stamps off the envelopes before giving it to the inmate, and other prisons don't give inmates the envelopes at all- just the letter inside.

vynte
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I had heard that, and find it almost acceptable. Stamps are a trading commodity, and I'm sure that the most resourceful can remove the cancelling ink. Not having the envelope would, for me, be annoying, since it is easier to keep a letter clean and presentable when it has some form of protection around it, and that's basically what the envelope is there for.

I agree. I have not written to anyone in a facility that did not give inmates the envelopes- I think that may be a rule within supermax facilities?

Xipo
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I don't know how authentic US prison documentaries are but it was said in one that the specific prison does not allow the use of colour in letters because inmates could scrape it off and use it as paint for tattoos.

My inmate in texas is not allowed to receive a map or any picture which shows a part of his state because he could use it for escape.

Ilmatar
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Hey sometimes the mail room is quite slow, or sometimes it's like a punishment, if he's in trouble he maybe can't receive the mail

kyqualor
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My pp is in wv and they have been having a lot of problems. I sent him mail a week an a half to two weeks ago and he still has not received it. Anyone else had this happen?

porcupine73
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I hadn't heard of the WV label rule but did see an article from March 2017 that said something about in WV prisoners would now be given only photocopies of their mail and the originals would be shredded.

Susanlnn74
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Hello like to be friends and get to know each other.

Susanlnn74
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I come across this profile and I would like to write this person and get to know more about