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WI DOC - Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: February 17, 2020
Address
1730 W Snell Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3530
Beds
1800
County
Winnebago
Security Level
State - medium
Phone
920-231-4010
Phone Carrier
Fax
920-236-2615
Facility Type
Adult
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WI DOC - Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 920-231-4010

The inmates housed at Oshkosh Correctional located at 1730 W Snell Rd in Oshkosh, 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.

OSCI is a medium-security state prison overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections located on 273 acres of which 96 acres are within the secure razor-fenced perimeter. Oshkosh CI houses approximately 2,200 adult male inmates. These offenders are housed in 12 housing units some of which are open dormitories others are multi-occupancy cells.

The inmate population includes inmates serving Wisconsin state sentences or sentences from another state. It also temporarily confines inmates who have been in violation of their community supervision.

Oshkosh CI provides medical, dental and mental health services to all inmates. Vocational programs at this facility include data entry, culinary services, horticulture, custodial and building maintenance. Additional programs at Oshkosh CI include a 36-month sex offender treatment program, domestic violence counselling, victim impact group, cognitive intervention program, and various self-help groups including Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous.

WI DOC - Oshkosh Correctional Institution - Inmate Information

Institution Information - In 1977, a new medium-security prison was first proposed by the "Flad Report," a six-year plan commissioned by the Legislature, which designated “…the 300-bed medium security institution shall be the Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI), located north of the city of Oshkosh at the site of the DOC Winnebago Correctional Farm." Construction was started in the fall of 1984, and OSCI was activated to receive inmates in September of 1986. In order to make room for the many expansion projects to the institution, the Winnebago State Prison Farm was razed and relocated to Waupun.

Training Kitchen Information - The Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI) Training Kitchen is open for inmates and their approved visitors in the visiting room. When the Training Kitchen is open for visiting hours, inmates are allowed to purchase food items from the restaurant menu for their approved visitors. The normal hours are as follows (subject to change):

  • Weekdays: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Alternating Weekends: 9:00am – 2:00pm

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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 - Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI) 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 - Oshkosh Correctional Institution - Visitation

Visiting Hours
Monday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Holidays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Inmates are permitted three (3) visits per week, but only one may be on a weekend. They may receive only one visit on any single day. Weekday visits are limited to three (3) hours, and visits on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are limited to two (2) hours. Lobby opens 15 minutes prior to the start of visits so plan your arrival accordingly. Visits will not be processed 10 minutes prior to institution count times (12:25 p.m and 4:40 p.m.). Processing of visits will resume once institution count clears. To avoid congestion, visitors are NOT allowed to wait in the lobby at any time.

Visits for inmates who are housed in restrictive status housing or are serving a no-contact visiting restriction will be conducted by tele-visit. Tele-visits are limited to 1 hour in length. Visitors will not be admitted after 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and after 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Due to space constraints, at times, it may become necessary to end a visit early to accommodate another visit.

All visitors age sixteen (16) and older must provide identification. The only acceptable forms of identification are:
a. A current state driver’s license with photo.
b. A current Department of Transportation ID card with photo
c. A current passport or VISA
d. Military ID
e. Driver’s license and photo ID will be accepted for visitors from out-of-state.

*Note: An expired form of ID will not be accepted, also school photo ID’s are not an acceptable form of identification.

Amish Visitors who do not possess photo identification as a requirement of their religion shall:
a. Provide the institution with a signed and notarized affidavit from their Bishop. The affidavit must include the physical description of each proposed visitor.
b. The institution will retain the original affidavit and place a copy in the respective inmate’s Visitor Information file. The visitor(s) shall retain a copy of the affidavit and produce it upon arrival to the institution as a means of identification.

Purses and wallets are not permitted in the visiting room. Lockers are provided in the lobby for placement of items not allowed in the institutions. A token is required to operate the key in the locker and is available from the lobby officer. We recommend that such items be locked in your vehicle; the institution is not responsible for personal property left in vehicles or lobby lockers.

No food items may be carried into the institution. Soda machines are available in the visiting area, as well as a change machine (for single and five dollar bills only.) Institution staff will not make change. Money allowed in the visiting room is limited to $5.00 per ADULT visitor.
Visitors requiring medication for treatment of immediate life-threatening conditions will be allowed to take the medication to the visiting room. Envelopes for medication will be available in the lobby. The visitor is responsible for placing the medication in the envelope, complete all information requested on the envelope. Lobby staff will seal the envelope. The visitor will deliver the envelope to the visiting room staff where it will be kept until needed. When needed, the medication will be taken in the presence of staff. Unclaimed medication will be disposed of within 24 hours.

Cameras are not permitted in the visiting room; however, photos may be purchased through the OSCI Photo Program.

Watches are not permitted

Electronic Devices are not permitted: 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 or PDA. If you arrive with one of the devices listed or similar device, you must secure the device in your vehicle.

No reading materials or other papers may be brought in without prior approval.
NOTE: All legal material, including tax documents, must be sent through the U.S. Mail only.

Pets are NOT permitted except for the disabled.

Visitors may NOT bring games into the institution. Minors under the age of 18 cannot be left unattended in the entrance, lobby or parking lot. Any minor sent back to the lobby or to the car must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors who are not on the visiting list and/or not given access to the OSCI visiting room will not be allowed to wait in the OSCI Lobby or parking lot. No Persons or Animals are permitted to be left unattended in vehicles.

Any visitor that needs the use of a wheelchair to visit must pass entrance procedures and will be allowed only to visit in an institution wheelchair that is provided by OSCI. Individuals who have special need requirements i.e., (personal wheelchairs, oxygen, and metal in body) will need to complete DOC 2424 and have your doctor’s office fax the completed form to OSCI. DOC 2424 forms are mailed to you from the offender you are requesting to visit.

VISITING GUIDELINE OSHKOSH CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
A complete list of visiting rules for all Wisconsin Department of Corrections institutions is available on the WI Department of Corrections website under Division of Adult Institutions Visiting Information. If you do not have internet access, a copy of the rules will be available in the OSCI lobby. The Oshkosh Correctional Institution is located at 1730 West Snell Road, between Highways 45 and 76 just north of the City of Oshkosh.

VISIT ENTRANCE PROCEDURES
Oshkosh Correctional Institution is a Tobacco-Free Environment. Tobacco will NOT be allowed to be locked in the lobby lockers upon entrance; it needs to be secured in your vehicle. Smoking is not allowed on institution grounds or in the parking lot. The visiting week begins on Wednesday and ends the following Tuesday.

Visitors will be assigned seating when they enter the visiting room. Inmates must sit in the chair designated by the Visiting Room staff. While seated, all chairs will be squared up to the tables; chairs cannot be moved without staff approval.

Whether visits are outside or inside, adult visitors are responsible for the supervision of all minors accompanying them. Adult visitors are not allowed to be seated in the children’s play area. Visits may be terminated due to unruly minors or lack of supervision of the minors by the inmate and/or the adult visitors.

The outside area may be opened only at the Visiting Room Security staff’s discretion if you choose to go outside, you must remain there. If you choose to come back inside, your visit will end at that time. The only exception would be inclement weather as determined by the Visiting Room staff.

While using the outside area, inmates and visitors may not loiter under the awning. You must be in plain view of the tower at all times. All outside visits will take place by the tables, as assigned by the Visiting Room staff. There will be no moving of tables, inside or outside. Inmates will sit where assign by staff and visitors will sit across from the inmate while seated at the picnic tables. You may not sit on the tabletops or straddle the benches; no visitors will be allowed to sit on the ground. Visiting with anyone not sitting at your table is not allowed unless special permission has been granted prior to the visit.

The visiting room restaurant does not accept cash. All food purchases from the restaurant will be made by using a money transmittal from the inmate’s account. ONLY POSTED AMOUNTS CAN BE USED. There will be no exceptions. Orders for food will need to be fully completed at your individual table and the money transmittal will be verified by the visiting room staff prior to receiving services. Incomplete orders will run through as is or as chefs choice. There will be no corrections or refunds. The restaurant is only opened as scheduled, and these schedules are posted a month in advance. Please plan accordingly. Only authorized staff and inmates may enter the training kitchen area for any reason.

Visitor Clothing
Visiting areas are designed to cultivate a “family” atmosphere for family and friends of all ages. Visitors should dress and act accordingly. Footwear and acceptable attire must be worn at all times. The following apparel is considered inappropriate and will result in denial of visits:
● Watches.
● Transparent/translucent clothing.
● Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length when the visitor stands with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
● Skirts and dresses shorter than fingertip length, plus three inches, when the visitor stand s with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
● Tops and dresses that are strapless, tube or halter style.
● Camisoles, tank tops are only permissible when worn under other permissible attire.
● Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back).
● Spandex or Spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra - like clothing. Tights or leggings of this material may be worn under attire of appropriate length as identified in this section.
● Exposed undergarments.
● Clothing with revealing holes, tears, slits or low cut.
● 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 undue attention.
● Footwear shall be worn at all times.
● Acceptable attire shall be worn at all times.

With the exception of vehicles with valid handicap permits, visitors are required to park their vehicles in the designated parking area. This area is in the second row in front of the main entrance. This area is between the two signs marked “visitor parking” and is clearly marked with high visibility green lines. Failure to park in this area without Supervisors permission may result in your visit being denied. If the designated “visitor parking” is full, visitors are required to inform the Lobby security staff.

In accordance with Wisconsin Administrative Code, the parking lot is subject to search for any items of contraband. The Oshkosh Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies will assist in these searches with canine units. The canine unit’s searches may lead to probable cause searches of the vehicle by law enforcement if contraband is detected.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI) 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 1730 W Snell Rd, Oshkosh, WI located in Winnebago 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 920-231-4010 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

Oshkosh 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 - Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI) 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 - Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI) 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 - Oshkosh Correctional Institution (OSCI) at 1730 W Snell Rd, Oshkosh, 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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