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WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF)

State Prison

Last Updated: July 05, 2019
2909 E Park Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Security Level
State - medium
Facility Type
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WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 715-726-7705

The inmates housed at Chippewa Valley Correctional located at 2909 E Park Ave in Chippewa Falls, WI are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF) - Inmate Information

Mission statement

The mission of the Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility (CVCTF) is to provide minimum custody inmates, and offenders placed here as an Alternative To Revocation (ATR), specific programming to address their needs in the substance abuse area. This will be accomplished by using a wide range of professionals to deliver specific modules of treatment and by developing a facility-wide culture of reinforcement for positive behavior. Their goal is to facilitate reintegration to the community with a greater chance of succeeding.
Transferred from the Northern Wisconsin Center to the Department Of Corrections, Division of Adult Institutions, under the original name of Highview, the four-story facility underwent extensive remodeling in 2003 – 2004. In March of 2004, Highview Hall was renamed Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility. The facility accepted its first inmates on April 20, 2004.

Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility is an all-male minimum security prison facility that has a capacity of 450 that specializes in housing inmates with alcohol and substance abuse issues. The facility is considered an alternative to a traditional prison and inmates who are at CVCTF have been placed there as an alternative to revocation.

Three hundred beds are provided to inmates in alcohol and substance abuse treatment, the other 150 beds are reserved for offenders who work in and outside of the facility. The facility itself consists of five stories and is shaped in an X. Inmates are housed in a dormitory style living area that contains 8 to 11 men.

CVCTC is a tobacco-free correctional institution. This prison provides full medical, dental and mental health services to offenders. In addition to multiple substance abuse programs, Chippewa Valley provides classes and programming in computers, adult basic education, GED, parenting, and re-entry. Inmates can also participate in community service projects that include removing trash and debris from local roads and highways, landscaping cemeteries, and providing labor to various projects and agencies in and around Chippewa Falls Wisconsin.

The DOC is a "Local Education Agency," which can be defined as a public authority legally recognized as an administrative agency for public elementary or secondary education. Within the DOC, the Division of Adult Institutions offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Career Technical Education (CTE/Vocational) programs at 18 correctional institutions and nine correctional centers for eligible inmates who are identified as having an academic or vocational need.

The ABE program includes General Education Development (GED); High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED); and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The CTE/Vocational Program includes 26 vocational areas of study, with 14 possible apprenticeship opportunities. As of July 2016, the DOC has added post-secondary educational opportunities for associate and bachelor degree programs, in collaboration with the state's technical college system and four-year colleges and universities. For more information on ABE and CTE/Vocational programs, please see Opportunities and Options Resource Guide, which is available in both English and Spanish.

Screenings and assessments intended to evaluate an inmate’s educational literacy levels and needs are completed as part of DAI’s overall Assessment and Evaluation for Primary Education.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs

  • English as a Second Language
  • General Education Development (GED)
  • High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

Career Technical Education (CTE)/Vocational Programs

  • Auto Detailing
  • Auto Maintenance
  • Barbering and Cosmetology
  • Braille Transcription
  • Building Maintenance and Construction
  • Cabinetry and Cabinet Making
  • Commercial Bakery
  • Computer-Assisted Drafting
  • Computer Help Desk
  • Computer Literacy
  • Computer Numerical Controls
  • Culinary Arts and Food Service
  • Custodial Services
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Electrician
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Horticulture
  • Institution Food Production
  • Machine Tool Operations
  • Masonry
  • Motorcycle, Marine, and Outdoor Products
  • Multi-Operational Aide
  • Office Assistant/Aide
  • Office Software Applications
  • Printing
  • Welding

The “lifecycle” of an inmate’s incarceration is comprised of three basic components, beginning at intake and continuing through their release into the community.
Reception, Orientation and Assessment
Dodge Correctional Institution (male) and Taycheedah Correctional Institution (female) function as the primary reception or intake sites within the adult prison system. During the intake processes, inmates will be oriented regarding numerous matters, such as:
• Security expectations - institution rules, movement, property regulations, and other safety issues.
• Daily living expectations - hygiene, meals, housekeeping, mail, phone calls, and visiting.
• Business matters - inmate accounts, restitution and other legal obligations, canteen, legal loans, and money transactions.
A primary function of intake is Assessment and Evaluation. Inmates are evaluated by Health Services, Psychological Services, and Classification. This process takes approximately eight weeks. At the conclusion, an Initial Classification staffing is conducted. This staffing determines inmate custody, program assignments, and recommended site placements. After the staffing decision is approved, if a site other than the intake site is selected, inmate transfer will occur as soon as space is available at the receiving site.

Options and Opportunities During Incarceration
When an inmate arrives at his or her assigned facility, they are provided with information about programs available to them while incarcerated.
Aside from primary education, treatment and skills training programs, many other activities are available to inmates during incarceration. These vary by facility and may include:
• Community Service
• Parenting
• Vermaculture
• Dog Training
• Recovery Support Groups
• Veterans Assistance
• Gardening
• Recreation
• Visiting
• Hobby/Craft Activities
• Religious Study & Services
• Work Assignments
• Music
• Restorative Justice

Preparing for Release
The overall goal of pre-release planning is to assist inmates in their preparation for returning to their communities by:
• Providing individualized release planning with an assigned social worker, in connection with an assigned DCC probation and parole agent.
• Encouraging and establishing positive contact with family and/or other support systems to initiate, maintain, and finalize release planning.
• Establishing appropriate post-release residency and treatment plans, as needed.
• Offering options for post-release employment and/or educational opportunities.
• Providing referrals and resources for assistance throughout the pre-release process.
• Encouraging participants to take personal responsibility for his/her actions now and in the future.

Electronic messages can be sent to and from DOC inmates through the CorrLinks system, sometimes also referred to as the kiosk. Inmates must initiate the contact by adding the friend or family member to their contact list. An auto-generated request that includes the inmate name and DOC number is then sent by CorrLinks to the friend/family member’s email address.
To accept the request, click the link in the email to be taken to the CorrLinks website where you can create an account at no cost. Any individual who receives a contact request or message from an inmate can also choose not to accept, not to respond, or may block a request, which prevents the inmate from contacting you further.
The cost to send an electronic message is $0.05 per message. Messages stay within the CorrLinks system and will not be sent to your personal email account; you will need to log in to CorrLinks each time you wish to send/receive a message. CorrLinks is similar to an email service and is not “instant messaging.” All messages are reviewed by staff for appropriateness.
It is important to note that not all facilities are able to offer inmates the same frequency of access to kiosks. An inmate at a correctional center likely has more frequent access to a kiosk than an inmate at a maximum security facility.
Visit the CorrLinks website for more information. From the website, you can register for a new account, log in, or block an inmate-initiated request. You can also view terms and conditions, FAQs, or reach customer support.

Inmate Locator

WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF) is a facility in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility (CVCTF) - Visitation

General Visiting Hours
Thursday & Friday 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

1. Please do not arrive any earlier than 2:50 PM on weekdays and 8:50 AM on weekends & holidays.
2. Visitors arriving after 8:15 PM on weekdays and 2:15 PM on weekends will not be processed.
3. Potential visitors must be approved prior to entering the institution. General Public will be asked to leave state grounds if not visiting. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Visiting will be from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the following days: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, July 4th , Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

1. Visiting hours may be shortened due to space availability, but all efforts will be made to accommodate all visitors; generally, first visitor in, first visitor out will apply.
2. Inmates and their visitors will not leave the visiting room from fifteen minutes before count until count is cleared.
3. Inmates are responsible for informing their visitors of their program and work schedule. Inmates will not be allowed to leave or miss work or a program session to attend a visit.

General Visiting Rules, Policies and Procedures Oral communications and activities may be monitored and recorded on state grounds. Any person who introduces or attempts to bring into this institution or to deliver to any inmate any items that the law or institution rules forbid can be prosecuted. Forbidden items include, but are not limited to, alcohol, drugs and drug paraphernalia, firearms, and other weapons. You should lock in your car or put in a locker anything that you do not want to take into the institution. Your entry into the institution beyond the entrance area will be considered your consent to be searched. If you do not consent to be searched, do not enter this institution.

Inmates entering the Visiting Room during visitation are voluntarily self-disclosing their identity to all parties attending each visitation. CVCTF is no longer liable for protecting their identity per Federal Drug Confidentiality Rules. The disclosure made to you is protected by Federal Confidentiality rule 42 CFR part 2. The Federal rules prohibit you from making any further disclosure without written consent of the person to whom it pertains or as otherwise permitted by 42 CFR part 2. Failure to comply with the law may make you eligible for criminal sanctions including a $500 fine for the first offense and $5,000 for each subsequent offense. If you are in need of further information regarding this law, please contact the officer in charge who will take your name and address. The information shall be forwarded to you by the Warden’s office.

I. Identification
A. All visitors age sixteen (16) or older must provide current photo identification.
B. Acceptable forms of non-expired identification are:
1. Valid State Driver’s License.
2. Valid Passport or Visa.
3. Valid Department of Transportation ID.
4. Valid Military ID.
5. Valid Tribal ID (if it provides photo).
C. For Amish visitors who do not possess photo identification as a requirement of their religion, refer to DAI Policy #309.06.01

II. Allowed items
A. The following items are allowed to be brought into facilities by inmate visitors, should they pass inspection:
1. Money not to exceed $20.00 for each visitor. May be coins or bills.
2. Comb, pick or brush, limited to one for each visitor.
3. Up to two (2) baby blankets for each child.
4. Up to four (4) diapers for each child. Diaper bags are not allowed.
5. Up to two (2) plastic baby bottles for each child. (Filled.)
6. One (1) hand-held baby seat for each child.
7. Diaper wipes. Shall be kept in a clear plastic bag.
8. One (1) pacifier for each child.
9. One (1) coat and one (1) pair of gloves for each visitor.
10. Headwear (provided it does not conceal identity) See section IV for religious headwear.
11. One (1) facility locker key. B. Visitors are permitted to bring in medically necessary medications such as but not limited to: inhalers, nitro pills (only individual pills, not bottles), epi pens, etc. These items will be kept with the Officer at the Visiting Room front desk for easy access.

III. Dress Code
A. The following apparel is considered unacceptable and will result in denial of entrance to the facility:
1. Watches
2. Transparent/translucent clothing.
3. Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
4. Skirts and dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
5. Tops and dresses that are strapless, tube and halter style.
6. Camisoles and tank tops are only permissible when worn under other attire.
7. Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back).
8. Spandex or spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like clothing. Tights or leggings of this material may be worn under attire of appropriate length in this section (Fingertip length plus three inches)
9. Exposed undergarments. 10. Clothing with revealing holes, tears or slits.
11. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures.
12. Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias.
13. Any clothing that may have the potential to cause undue attention. B. Footwear must be worn at all times.
C. Acceptable attire must be worn at all times.
D. Internet “smart” technology and electronic recording equipment in any form is prohibited.

IV. Search of Visitors
A. Visitors will be permitted three attempts to successfully pass metal detection. Failure to pass metal detection will result in denial of entrance into the institution.Exceptions:
1. Visitors wearing underwire bras who cannot pass metal detection may be given an opportunity to participate in the following procedure:
a. The visitor shall be directed to a private room to remove the bra and place it in a bag that will be provided by facility staff.
b. The visitor shall then allow institution staff to visually inspect the bag containing the bra.
c. The visitor shall proceed through the metal detector.
d. If the visitor successfully passes through the metal detector, they will then be directed to a private room to place the bra back on, and the visit shall be permitted.
e. If the visitor cannot successfully pass through the metal detector at this point, entrance into the facility shall be denied.
2. For visitors with special entrance needs, such as medical devices/appliances that render it impossible to clear metal detection, the visitor must have a medical professional mail or fax a Visitor Request for Accommodation (DOC-2424) directly to the CVCTF Security Department. The information will then be verified prior to visiting.
B. Visitors with a GPS monitoring unit shall be processed per DAI Policy 309.06.02
C. Headwear is permitted, provided it does not conceal identity and allows institution staff to verify identification of the visitor. Non-religious headwear is required to be removed for inspection prior to passing through the metal detector.
D. Visitors who have religious headwear that conceals identity are required to allow facility staff to view their face(s) in order to verify identification of the visitor, upon entry and exit of the facility. After identification, the visitor shall be permitted to replace the facial covering.
1. If the visitor is female, a female staff member will conduct the identification verification procedure.
2. Special security precautions may be taken, as authorized by the facility Security Director to effectively supervise the visit.

V. Visitor Entrance
A. After a visitor has been processed and had their hand stamped, they should proceed up the sidewalk and enter the building. Once inside, they should enter the door to the immediate left, and wait to be let in.
B. Visitor(s) will check in at the officer’s station. Seating will be assigned by visiting room staff.
C. If a visitor has waited more than 15 minutes for an inmate to arrive at the visiting room, staff will make a call to the unit to inquire as to the reason for the delay. Once it has been verified that the inmates has been personally told of a visit; he has 20 minutes to arrive at the visiting room. A visitor may leave at any time they choose to do so with the exception of count time.
D. After waiting an additional 20 minutes, and the inmate has not arrived, the visitor(s) will be asked if they would like to continue to wait. If the visitor says yes, it will be verified that the inmate intends to accept the visit.

VI. Infant-Feeding During Visitation
A. A mother with child is permitted to breast-feed during visitation in the facility’s visiting room.
B. An area within the visiting room may be available if a mother desires to have privacy while breastfeeding, but the mother cannot be required to utilize it.
C. Mothers wishing to breast-feed cannot be required to utilize restrooms to express breast milk into bottles. They can be offered a privacy area for this, but cannot be required.

VII. Regulation of Visits
A. All visitors and inmates are expected to abide by facility procedures.
B. No persons or animals are permitted to be left unattended on facility grounds, including inside vehicles.
C. An adult, who is on the approved visitor list, shall accompany any visitor who has not reached their 18th birthday unless the visitor is the legal spouse of the inmate.
D. Inappropriate conduct by visitors (including children) and/or inmates may result in termination of the respective visit and potential suspension of visiting privileges dependent on severity. A visit may be terminated by order of the shift supervisor for conduct deemed inappropriate by visit staff.
E. Children of an inmate who are age five (5) or under, may be permitted to be held and/or sit on the inmate’s lap, provided there are no risk factors as determined by facility staff.
F. Inmates must sit across the table from their significant other.
G. Excessive displays of affection are prohibited. A short embrace and brief kiss are allowed at the beginning and end of a visit only. Hand-holding is allowed during a visit.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF) where they supervise adults convicted of a state crime and then sentenced to a commitment period by the County or Circuit Judge. The penalty phase of the commitment is the length of the sentence imposed and what type of facility they will spend their time in. Once the inmate is taken into custody there is an orientation period where the offender is evaluated medically and psychologically. The results of their findings will have everything to do with the level of custody the prisoner will be incarcerated.

State prison is also referred to as a correctional facility, penitentiary or detention center and is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. Convicted criminals are sent to prison as punishment and must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. The address is 2909 E Park Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI located in Chippewa County.

There is a fundamental difference between jail and prison. It has everything to do with the length of stay for inmates; jail is short-term and prison is long-term. Jail is most commonly used within a criminal justice system for people charged with crimes who must be imprisoned until their trial, or those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified short period of imprisonment. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement county sheriff and/or local government police agencies.

Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. State prison offers the inmate a more regular, routine life, the wider range of programs, better facilities and generally better food. The DOC has a bevy of disciplines for which an offender may be classified, they are Reception Centers, High Security (Males), General Population (Males), and Female Offenders.

State prison is very much like a town inside a town. There is a mayor (the warden - call 715-726-7705 for information), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the hole), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), and the inmates all have a job that keeps the institution operational.

There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat; All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.; Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen; Meal times are assigned and inmates have a short time to eat and depart the chow hall, there are no seconds; Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time; All movements of inmates from one area to another are tightly choreographed, monitored and supervised to avaid any incidents between location changes.

Custody/Security Level

Chippewa Valley Correctional is a state medium facility that resembles a high-security institution in many ways. They are designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences (usually in the 20 -year range), and inmates who have exhibited violent tendencies and require segregation from the general population. Inmates live in single and double cells with all movement restricted. The property's perimeter is double-fenced with triple-razor wire fenced perimeters, perimeter patrol and electronic surveillance, medium institutions provide a higher level of security than low facilities but there are some similarities to the controlled movement system.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF) that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Wisconsin

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's commissary account. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the prison. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number. Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, Access Corrections, JailATM, CommissaryDeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF) letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to WI DOC - Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility(CVCTF) at 2909 E Park Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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