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WI DOC - Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: January 21, 2020
Address
W10237 Lake Emily Rd, Fox Lake, WI 53933-0147
Beds
1047
County
Dodge
Security Level
State - medium
Phone
920-928-3151
Fax
920-928-6929
Facility Type
Adult
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WI DOC - Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 920-928-3151

The inmates housed at Fox Lake Correctional located at W10237 Lake Emily Rd in Fox Lake, 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.

FLCI is a medium-security state prison located in Dodge County, WI and was the first medium-security institution in the United States opened under a responsible living, no pass system concept. FLCI has an operating capacity of about 1000 offenders and currently houses over 1,300 adult male inmates. The facility is comprised of six housing units that have 96 single cells each. To increase the holding capacity of this facility 52 of the cells are double-bunked. In addition to cells, the Institution has two large dormitories to house inmates, situated on 85 acres, surrounded by approximately 1200 acres owned by the State of Wisconsin.

The main structures consist of an entrance facility/armory; administration building; chapel; food service, laundry, and health services building; education building; nine housing units; recreation building; garage; and industries, maintenance, and vocational shop building. Two of the housing units are dormitory/barracks-style settings. Inmates are permitted scheduled movement within the institution and rules are intended to help individuals live together in an orderly manner.

Fox Lake Correctional Institution offers technical training in automotive maintenance, cabinetmaking and millwork, computer drafting, horticulture, custodial services, machining, small engine technologies, welding, HVAC and masonry. Adult basic education, correspondence courses, re-entry/pre-release programs and cognitive intervention programs are all offered at this prison. Medical, dental, and psychological services are available to all inmates. Additional treatment programs at Fox Lake include domestic violence counseling, and alcohol/substance abuse treatment. This facility participates in the Badger State Prison Industries program and allows about 40-50 select inmates to work in a wood/laminated furniture factory that produces products sold to state agencies. Offenders are paid anywhere from .05-$1.00 per hour depending on their work assignment.

The basic objectives of the FLCI are:
  • The protection of society and rehabilitation of the offender
  • To provide custody and care of a select group of adult male offenders incarcerated by law
  • To create an atmosphere or climate which restores the dignity of the individual and provides optimum opportunity for positive behavioral changes
  • To introduce, develop and maintain correctional programs that will be treatment-oriented to the highest possible degree
  • To provide meaningful work and community service opportunities for qualified inmates, aiding their reintegration into society
FLCI operates under a responsible living concept. Inmates are expected to take responsibility for their own behavior and, with guidance, develop and accomplish productive goals that will help them transition to minimum custody and ultimately make a positive reintegration into the community.
Upon arrival at FLCI, inmates are informed that we believe courtesy is contagious and attitude is everything. Cooperation with staff and other inmates is the key to a successful stay. That cooperation, coupled with a wholesome work ethic and honest effort, will help inmates to lead productive lives both inside and outside the institutional setting.
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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
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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 23 vocational areas of study, with 13 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 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
• Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
• Horticulture
• Institution Food Production
• Machine Tool Operations
• Masonry
• Motorcycle, Marine, and Outdoor Products
• Multi-Operational Aide
• Office Assistant/Aide
• Office Software Applications
• Printing
• Welding

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.

Inmate Locator

WI DOC - Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI) 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 - Fox Lake Correctional Institution - Visitation

Visiting hours
2:30 pm – 8:45 pm Mon-Friday
8:00 am – 3:45 pm Sat/Sun/ Holidays
NOTE: Visitors may not enter the entrance facility until 15 minutes prior to the start of visiting hours and may not loiter outside the entrance facility prior to this time. During scheduled inmate counts (12:30 pm and 5:30 pm), visitors will not be permitted to leave until after the count has cleared.

The visiting week begins on Monday and ends the following Sunday. Visits must begin 45 minutes prior to the end of visiting hours. Visits may last up to three hours during weekdays and up to two hours during weekends and holidays. For visiting purposes, the recognized holidays are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve

RESTRICTIVE HOUSING NO CONTACT VISITING
Visiting Hours
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Mon-Friday
8:00 am – 11:00 am Sat/Sun/ Holidays

Restrictive housing unit visits will be restricted to a maximum of two visitors during a visit. No one under the age of 18 may visit without prior approval from the Security Director.
Inmates in restrictive status will be allowed no more than three visits per week, with each visit lasting no more than one hour, unless further restricted by the Administrative Code, as outlined below:
• Observation or Controlled Separation – one hour per week, with the Warden’s approval
• Temporary Lock Up, Disciplinary Separation, Voluntary Confinement, and Administrative Confinement – four hours per month; no more than one hour per visiting week (Mon-Sun)
• Cell Confinement – no visits allowed
• Visits must be taken in one-hour increments; any visit lasting for a portion of an hour will be counted as a full hour.

Inmates on no-contact visit restriction in general population status will be entitled to a maximum of nine hours visiting time per week, under the same guidelines as regular visits.

Visits to inmates in restrictive status may be limited or terminated if the Security Director or designee determines that the conduct of the inmate or visitor poses a security threat to the institution.
No more than three no-contact visits can be accommodated at one time; therefore, length of visits may need to be adjusted based on availability of visiting space. If it is necessary to terminate a no-contact visit due to overcrowding, the visitors who arrived first will be terminated first.

VISIT ENTRANCE PROCEDURES

Fox Lake Correctional Institution is a tobacco free/drug free environment. Tobacco must be secured in your vehicle and CANNOT be locked in the lockers in the entrance facility. Visitors are required to comply with efforts to deter the entry of drugs, alcohol or weapons into the facility. Those who attempt to bring these items into the institution will be subject to restricted visiting privileges and referral to the Dodge County District Attorney for prosecution for a felony. Persons exhibiting signs of intoxication or under the influence of any other drug will not be allowed to enter the institution. Any abuse of visiting privileges or non-compliance with the rules listed may result in termination of the visit or suspension and/or revocation of visiting privileges. Specific rules for visiting behavior are available from the visiting officers and are also in the housing units for inmates

Only visitors on the inmate’s approved visiting list shall be permitted to visit the inmate. This includes adults, minors and infants. Only six adults are allowed per a single visit. Visitors will be hand stamped prior to entrance.

Inmates are permitted three visits per week, but only one may be on a weekend. Inmates may have two different visits on the same weekday if they involve different visitors. Visitors can join a visit for the time remaining on a visit. Visiting time may not be accumulated. After a visitor leaves the institution, they will not be allowed to re-join a visit.

All visitors age 16 and older must provide identification. The only acceptable forms of identification are:
• Valid State Driver’s License or Temporary Driving/Identification Receipt
• Valid Passport or Visa
• Valid Department of Transportation ID
• Valid Military ID
• Valid Tribal ID (if it provides photo)

All visitors must pass through and clear the metal detector. Visitors will be given three opportunities to successfully clear metal detection. Failure to do so will result in the visitor being denied entrance into the institution. Wire in undergarments and metal in shoes will not clear the metal detector and should not be worn. Be prepared to remove and replace clothing that will not pass the metal detector.

Visitors requiring special accommodations concerning use of a metal detector due to medical issues must have their physician submit a completed form DOC-2424 to the Security Director for approval, prior to being allowed to enter the institution.

Allowable jewelry consists of: a wedding band or single ring, single strand necklace and a sing pair of earrings. These items must be removed to clear the metal detector. Any piercing of the body should be removed if possible. If not possible and the visitor does not clear the metal detector, the visit may be denied.

The following apparel is considered inappropriate and will result in denial of visiting:
• Transparent/translucent clothing
• Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended
• Skirts or dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches
• Strapless, tube and halter tops and dresses
• Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front or back) or bust
• Spandex or spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like clothing
• Exposed underwear
• Clothing with revealing holes, tears or slits above fingertip level
• Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures
• Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias
• Any clothing that may have the potential to cause a disruption
• Camouflage clothing of any type

Footwear must be worn. Coats, jackets and non-religious headwear must be removed before clearing the metal detector. Visitors who have religious headwear that conceals identity are required to allow institution staff to view their face(s) in order to verify identification upon entry and exit of the institution. After identification, the visitor will be permitted to replace the facial covering.

Lockers are provided in the entrance facility for placement of items not allowed in the institution. No food items, keys or paper money may be carried into the institution. A quarter is required to operate the key in the locker. It is recommended that purses and wallets be locked in your vehicle;

the institution is not responsible for personal property left in vehicles or institution lockers. Coins (limit $20) may be brought into the institution for use in the vending machines available in the visiting area. Inmates may not handle money during visits and are not allowed to go into the vending machine area. No property can be given to an inmate during a visit. Only the following items are allowed to be brought into the institution:
• Comb, pick or brush
• Two baby blankets
• Four diapers
• Two baby bottles (plastic only)
• Formula must be premixed and in an approved bottle
• Hand-held baby seat
• Diaper wipes in small, sealed travel pack or individually packed in a clear plastic bag
• One pacifier
• One coat
• One pair of gloves
• Headwear (provided it does not conceal identity)
• FLCI locker key
• Prescription medications are permitted such as but not limited to inhalers, nitro pills (only individual pills, not bottles) and epinephrine injectors, as approved by the Warden. Other medications should be taken prior to entering the institution.
• One clear plastic bag to carry personal property

The shift supervisor must approve any other critical items prior to the visitor entering the institution.

Electronic Devices: Unless approved in advance by the Warden, non-DOC visitors are not allowed to enter the institution with any device that takes pictures, has video or voice recording and/or a communications device such as a cell phone, pager, PDA, MP3 player or smart watch. If you arrive with one of the devices listed or similar device, you must secure the device in your vehicle.

VISITING GUIDELINES
Visitors who are not on the visiting list and/or are not given access to the visiting room will not be allowed to wait in the entrance facility. While waiting in the parking lot, visitors must remain by their vehicle. Minors under the age of 18 cannot be left unattended in the entrance facility or parking lot. Any minor sent back to the entrance facility or to the car must be accompanied by an adult. Pets or visitors with medical concerns are not to be left unattended in vehicles.

A family atmosphere is stressed in all visiting areas as friends and family are of all ages.

Visits are held outdoors, weather permitting, beginning in May and concluding in September. The shift supervisor will make the decision which type of visiting will be conducted.

The officers will assign seating. Once assigned, seating will not be changed except for unusual circumstances.

Excessive displays of affection are not permitted. You may embrace and kiss only at the beginning and end of each visit.

Talking from table to table or “cross visiting” is not allowed. All chairs and tables must be left as they were set up and may not be moved unless directed by an officer. Visitors and inmates are to be seated facing the tables. Inmate and visitors will sit across from one another while seated at the picnic tables. Straddling the benches or sitting on the table tops is not allowed. The supervision of minors present at the visit is the responsibility of the inmate and adult visitors. Physical disciplining of children is forbidden at all times, and failure to comply with this may result in termination of visiting privileges, disciplinary action, and/or referral to social service agencies. Visits may be terminated due to unruly children or lack of supervision of children by the inmate and/or the adult visitors. Visitors are to use the restroom on the west side of the administration building. Inmates will use the restroom on the east side of the building

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI) 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 W10237 Lake Emily Rd, Fox Lake, WI located in Dodge 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 920-928-3151 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

Fox Lake 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 - Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI) 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 - Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI) 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 - Fox Lake Correctional Institution (FLCI) at W10237 Lake Emily Rd, Fox Lake, 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.

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