Mail and Packages
Correspondence between inmates and persons outside the institution is encouraged. There are no restrictions concerning the number of letters your receive or send. Participation in contest via the U.S. mail prohibited. All incoming mail will be inspected and the contents scanned or read in their entirety by the mail room officer, with the exception of legal mail, which will be handled according to the instructions in D.O.M. 54010.
All outgoing mail must be read or scanned by an officer. All outgoing inmate mail must be placed, unsealed, in the housing unit mailboxes for processing. Inmate are allowed to correspond with inmates incarcerated in a county or city jail, if that person is not a parolee or or a former inmate, without prior approval. Inmates housed in any California Department of Corrections institutions, camps, community correctional facilities, work furlough, California Youth Authority or federal prisons will require prior approval from both their parole agent and the Warden or parole agent from the other facility. Inmates wishing to correspond with a parolee must also have approval from both parole agents before writing. Letters will not be delivered from yard to yard or dorm to dorm. All outgoing Confidential/Legal Mail will be sealed in the dorm officer's presence, after it has been inspected for contraband. The inmate is responsible for writing Legal/Confidential Mail on the front of the envelope, if it is not marked, the mail will be processed as normal mail. Marking the envelope will ensure that the legal/confidential mail is logged by the mail room officer.
All incoming mail must have the name of the court and/or attorney, public official, or the Chief of Corrections, with a return address on the front of the envelope. The facility will inspect incoming legal mail for contraband in the inmate's presence, and in order to receive legal mail, the inmate must sign the legal mail logbook. If an inmate refuses legal mail, he must sign a form, confirming refusal of the mail.
Indigent inmate, which means an inmate who is without funds for thirty (30) days, no money posted to his trust account, or no pay number assigned, is eligible for indigent envelopes. Five (5) first class envelopes not to exceed one (1) ounce will be mailed for the inmate at the facility's expense. The inmate must submit an indigent envelope request to the mail room. Indigent envelopes are issued once a week. Inmates will not exchange, trade or barter indigent envelopes. All outgoing mail will have a complete return address. If the letter or item does not have a return address it will be returned to the inmate. Example of the inmate return address is:
John A. Doe Dorm 7 Bed 45
Delano Community Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 580
Delano, CA 93216
All drawings on outgoing letters are restricted to the back of the envelope. There will be no immoral or unethical drawings or words on the envelope. Those envelopes will not be processed and will be returned to the inmate. Only the information to effect prompt delivery should be on the front of the envelope. Each correspondent is personally responsible for the contents of each item of mail sent into or out of the institution. Violations of the law, the California Code of Regulations, and local policies will be referred to the appropriate authorities, and may also result in the suspension of correspondence between the person(s) involved. All incoming mail must have a return address. The institution will accept no C.O.D. packages or postage due. Mail with postage due, or C.O.D. packages will be returned to the sender. Inmates will be prohibited from possessing or receiving materials that show frontal nudity of either gender as described herein. Prohibited materials include personal photographs, drawings, magazines, and/or pictorials. Frontal nudity includes either the exposed female breast(s) and/or genitalia of either gender. Inmates are allowed to receive publications (magazines/newspapers) from approved publishers only, via U.S. mail. Any magazine or newspaper, which is deemed not acceptable according to the Title 15 or DCCF Rules and Regulations, will be returned at the inmates expense or destroyed within 15 days. Newspapers and magazines subscriptions must be paid for prior to receiving them. Submit an approved trust account withdrawal form to accounting. The inmate is responsible for notifying the publisher prior to his leaving the facility.
Inmates are not allowed to join any mail order clubs or unapproved music clubs. All music order items will be paid for prior to receipt from either an outside party or through their inmate trust account. Paying for any service with postal stamps is prohibited.
Inmate may send certified, return receipt, registered or insured mail at their own expense. A trust account withdrawal form along with the item to be sent must be delivered to the mail room.
It is the inmate's responsibility to inform any correspondents of the following list of unauthorized material (see attached list). Any incoming mail with unauthorized items or material will be held for fifteen (15) days from receipt. The inmate has until the date listed on the form to return the letter at his expense, or the letter and contents will be destroyed.
The dorm officers deliver mail after the 1630 hours count. Inmates are to remain on their bunks to receive any mail. If the inmate is working when mail is delivered, the officer will deliver that inmate's mail when he returns to the dorm. Mail pick-up and delivery are Monday through Friday excluding holidays.
Funds through the mail will only be accepted in the following forms: certified check or money orders, payable to Delano Modified Community Correctional Facility, with the inmates name, CDCR number, dorm and bed number on the money order or certified check. The money will be posted to your account within 3 to 5 business days. NO cash or personal checks will be accepted. They will be returned to the sender at the inmate's expense.
Approved Inmate Package Vendors
P.O. Box 50028
Sparks, NV 89435-0028
P.O. Box 7298
Visalia, CA 93290
Ezee Paks Catalog
P.O. Box 1541
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Jack L. Marcus
5300 West Fon du Lac
Milwaukee, WI 53216-1348
Jenny Quarterly Package Service
P.O. Box 3323
Sparks, NV 89432-3323
Mikes Better Shoes
1252 Berlin-Haddonfield Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
P.O. Box 304
Chico, CA 95327
Music by Mail
129 31st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Packages R Us
2648 East Workman Avenue #424
West Covina, CA 91791
P.O. Box 1420
Paradise, CA 95967
Union Supply Direct
P.O. Box 7006
Rancho Domingo, CA 90220-7006
The Vitamin Outlet
Fitness Systems Mfg. Corp
P.O. Box 2073
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
1774 Industrial Way
Napa, CA 94558
Inmates are allowed to receive up to six (6) vendor packages per year. Vendor packages can only be ordered through CDCR approved vendors.
Inmates are allowed to receive one (1) package every three (3) months. All packages must be ordered from an approved vendor. Approved Vendor Catalogs may be obtained in the facility Library. Packages are not to exceed thirty (30) pounds.
Dress out or parole clothes packages can only contain clothing and are not available through special vendor order only. Any other items will be confiscated. Delano CCF will not accept parole clothes unless the inmate is thirty (30) days to paroling or transferring.
Only authorized factory sealed items will be accepted. Unauthorized items will be disposed of, donated or sent home at the inmate's expense. Inmates may not keep any amount of items that would constitute a fire hazard, storage problems or impair neatness of bed and locker area. No items that require, cooking or refrigeration will be allowed.
All packages and items will be searched thoroughly. Any items that appear tampered with will not be allowed. Inmate's can only receive items as approved per facility personal property/special order vendor packages.
All non-expendable items will be marked with the inmate's name and CDCR number before being issued. Inmates are not allowed to loan, sell or trade personal property. Any inmate found in possession of another inmate's personal property would be considered in possession of contraband and the items seized.
The Delano MCCF will not assume liability for products that arrive damaged, nor will DMCCF assume responsibility for any warranties on products. It is the inmate's responsibility to maintain any warranties or guarantees on the products that he receives.