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If you ask an inmate (as you are now), the more the merrier :)... but you as a person on the outside trying to take care of your own expenses you should budget what you can afford to send. If money is no object, you might consider $75/wk for commissary and phone. In the federal system, they can only spend $69/month on phone and $315 on commissary + whatever money the emails are. It can become quite expensive so be carefulRead more
An inmate's "business" while incarcerated is private and they are afforded the same protection anyone on the outside would. Therefore, that information is not available. If you "know" this random inmate's name you can certainly use the services of InmateAid to convey that in the form of photos, greeting cards, magazines, etc.Read more
No, you cannot send foodstuffs unless they have an arrangement with a commissary pack company. However, we do not see anything showing that they do. You can use Amazon to send them paperback books. Another option would be to put money on their books so that they can shop in the prison commissary which has plenty of options like chocolates, cookies and snacks.Read more
Only a 55 cent stampRead more
Yes, usually there is a notary that comes to the facility once a month. The inmate must request their services in advance of them coming.Read more
Yes, you are allowed to use tampons and other feminine hygiene products. For inmates that have money in their commissary account, there are several choices and brands available for purchase (the prices are similar to that of a grocery or drug store), If the inmate does not have extra money on their books, most of the facilities provide a standard product that is suitable.Read more
Normally, these items must be purchased through the commissary.Read more
You cannot send a cross necklace - but an inmate is allowed to have it. What you might be able to do is speak with a counselor or case manager and tell them your desire. They might make arrangements for you to send it to them and then they would give it to the inmate, OR check to see if you can bring it to visitation. Also, InmateAid has a wide variety of Birthday Cards that are only $0.99Read more
There are no rules that require inmates to get their head shaven or even a haircut. The facility has a barber that is run by the inmates. Inmates pay for the "service" with something from commissary that amounts to a $2-3 worth of goods.Read more