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WI DOC - Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: September 26, 2019
200 S Madison St, Waupun, WI 53963-0351
Fond Du Lac
Security Level
State - maximum
Facility Type
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WI DOC - Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 920-324-5571

The inmates housed at Waupun Correctional located at 200 S Madison St in Waupun, 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 - Waupun Correctional Institution - Inmate Information

The purpose of Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) is to provide inmates, staff, and the public with a safe and secure institution while encouraging positive growth and enabling inmates to successfully reenter society.
Waupun Correctional Institution is a maximum-security prison located in Fond du Lac County Wisconsin. The prison first opened in 1851 making it one of the oldest facilities in the state. Since it opened, Waupun Correctional Institution has undergone several renovations, additions, and new construction. Today the facility is situated on 24 acres and has a population of around 1,330 adult male offenders. This prison has a specialized behavioral health unit to help treat inmates with mental health issues. Waupun Correctional Institution takes part in the Badger State Industries program and employs inmates in metal furniture and sign production. Inmates are housed in multiple occupancy cells, usually two to a cell, unless they are in segregation in which case they can be held in a single-occupancy cell. The surrounding community is protected by high walls topped with razor wire, multiple armed guard towers, and electronic detection systems. Waupun Correctional Institution provides educational opportunities for all offenders. Vocational training includes various construction trades, building maintenance, and welding. Academic classes offered at Waupun Correctional Institution include adult basic education classes, HSED prep and testing, and literacy courses. This facility provides a regular library and a law library, and multiple hobby activities in ceramics, drawing, painting, model making, and beading. Additional recreational activities at Waupun include volleyball, handball, table tennis, weight lifting, and basketball.

Institution Information

On March 14, 1851, Wisconsin's first governor, Nelson Dewey, appointed a three-member prison commission to select a site for what would be named the Wisconsin State Prison. On July 4 of that year, Waupun was chosen due to its close proximity to the proposed Rock River Valley Railroad and the abundance of good quality limestone for prison construction. Construction of a temporary prison structure began later that year and the first permanent building (the South Cell Hall) was completed in 1854, which remains in use today. This cell hall had 288 cells and was built using inmate labor at a cost of $325 per cell. Additional cell halls were built in 1854, 1906, and 1913, all of which also remain in use today. The main administration building was built in 1855 and the large, ornate stone and iron wall was constructed in 1858.

The prison was home to both male and female prisoners until 1933, when the women were moved to the Wisconsin Industrial Home for Women in Taycheedah. The Wisconsin State Prison was renamed Waupun Correctional Institution in 1979. On January 22, 1992, the Wisconsin State Prison Historic District was entered on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Continual improvements to its buildings and infrastructure have allowed Waupun Correctional Institution to meet the operational needs of a modern prison. In 1998, a new Health and Restrictive Housing Complex opened, replacing buildings that dated back to the 1940s. The Food Services building underwent a complete remodel in 2015 to better meet the needs of serving over 4,320 meals per day to inmates and uniformed staff.

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
• Vermiculture
• Dog Training
• Recovery Support Groups
• Veterans Assistance
• Gardening
• Recreation
• Visiting
• Hobby/Craft Activities
• Religious Study & Services
• Work Assignments
• Music
• Restorative Justice
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.
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 - Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) 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 - Waupun Correctional Institution - Visitation

2:15-8:30 pm Weekdays, Weekends, and Holidays

*Visits will be done through tele-visiting, duration and between the amount of visits will be based on the offender status
*Visitors will not be processed in the Lobby hours of 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm (approx.) until institution count has cleared
*Visitors may experience delays between the hours of 3:00 pm. and 4:00 pm because of meal time.


Offenders are permitted Three (3) three and one half hour visits Monday through Friday and One (1) three and one half hour visit Saturday through Sunday. Holidays that fall on a Friday or Monday do not count toward the weekend visit.


Wisconsin State Statute 302.095 prohibits delivery of any article to an offender of a State Correctional Institution or depositing or concealing an article within the State Correctional Institution or its boundaries or receiving an article to convey out of the institution that is contrary to the rules and regulations and without the knowledge or permission of the Warden. Any person found in violation of this law is subject to imprisonment of not more than two years or a fine not exceeding $500.00.

In addition, Wisconsin State Statute 961.465 (Distribution to Prisoners) states “… any person who violates s.961.41 (1) or (1m) by delivering or possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance to a prisoner within the precincts of any prison, jail or House of Correction, is subject to the applicable fine under State Statute 961.41 (1) or (1m) or imprisonment of up to twice that authorized by
s.961.41 (1) or (1m) or both.”

Waupun Correctional Institution is committed to maintaining a drug-free institution and will actively investigate and prosecute any individuals bringing drugs into this facility. This facility will take whatever actions are deemed necessary to prohibit the entrance of drugs and other contraband.

Anyone who exhibits signs of intoxication will not be allowed to enter the Waupun Correctional Institution.

Minor children cannot be left unattended in the Lobby.
No weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco products are allowed on state property.
Pets are not permitted on state property, except for the visually impaired and service animals
Anyone denied visitation must leave state property immediately.
No one is allowed to remain on state property while waiting for other persons who are visiting.
Cell phones are not to be brought into the Lobby.

Upon your arrival at the Lobby, you must fill out a Request to Visit Offender form. Only visitors on the offender’s approved visitors list will be permitted to visit. The maximum number of visitors will not exceed 6 (children under 2 years of age and inmate's children under the age of 18 are not included) for a single visit. You will not be permitted to stay in the Lobby unless you are waiting to enter the institution. Secured lockers are provided in the Lobby for items that are not allowed into the Visiting Room. Your hand will be stamped and you will be required to show the stamp on your hand upon exit from the institution. Smoking is prohibited on state property. Individuals are to conduct themselves in an appropriate and courteous manner and comply with all rules and instructions.

Individuals 16 years and older will be required to provide picture identification (Driver’s License, State ID card, County Welfare Department ID card, Military ID card, and passport or immigration card). Any person under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult who is on the approved visitor list, unless the visitor is the spouse of the offender. No school ID cards will be permitted, with the exception of a school I.D. used in conjunction with a temporary (beginner) driver’s license.

All persons, with the exception of Department of Corrections employees and Law Enforcement Officers, must pass through and clear the metal detector. In order to expedite the entrance process, visitors should avoid wearing clothing with metal attached (i.e., buckles, snaps, metal buttons, bib overalls, underwire bras, etc.). Clothing that is removed to pass the metal detector will not be allowed to be worn or carried into the visiting room. It is also recommended that visitors refrain from wearing excessive jewelry. Visitors with pacemakers or other medical implants, which will affect the metal detector, must provide written medical verification in advance subject to the Security Director’s verification and approval. Visitors will be denied entrance for the day if they fail to pass through the metal detector after 3 attempts.

Wheelchair visits will be accommodated in the new Visiting Center. It is not necessary to notify the institution in advance. However, unless special circumstances exist you will be required to transfer from your wheelchair to an institution wheelchair.

Only the following items may be brought in for your use while visiting: Coin change, Jewelry (only if worn), Plastic baby bottles (Max: 2), Baby diapers (Max: 4), Baby blanket (Max: 1), Teething ring (1), Pacifier (1), Sipper cup (1), and a Plastic comb/hair pick. All items are subject to being searched by Lobby staff. Personal medication will be controlled by staff at all times and available at the Officer’s Station in the Visiting Room where it can be obtained if necessary. Security Supervisors must approve legal materials for inmate signature prior to the visit. These items are to be given to the Lobby Sgt. who will process these items and give them, if allowed, to the inmate.

No food items may be brought into the institution. Deposit to inmates' accounts will no longer be accommodated in the Lobby. All deposits to accounts must be mailed to the institution at P.O. Box 200, Waupun, WI 53963. Only cashier checks or money orders will be accepted. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

The Visiting Room at the Waupun Correctional Institution stresses a “family” atmosphere. The visitor’s dress code listed below has been developed to ensure a safe and secure institution Visiting Room that is appropriate, tasteful and conducive to a wholesome “family” atmosphere. Continuance difficulties regarding attire may result in suspension of visiting.

The following apparel is considered inappropriate and will result in the denial of entry into the institution:
Transparent clothing;
Shorts which are shorter than fingertip length (i.e., visitor standing naturally with arms straight down the side of the body and fingers extended);
Skirts or dresses shorter than fingertip length plus three inches (should a reasonable doubt exist, a ruler will be provided to the visitor to enable the visitor to demonstrate compliance) or skirts with revealing slits;
Strapless, tube and halter tops or tops which expose the midriff; Blouses, shirts and dresses which are low cut;
Swimming suits, Spandex or Spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like athletic pants, aerobic/exercise tights or leotards;
Underwear worn on the outside;
Clothing with revealing holes or tears above the fingertip level (as stated above);
Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures;
Gang or club-related clothing or insignia indicative of gang affiliation or use of alcohol or drugs. This includes, but is not limited to, motorcycle jackets bearing club logos and footwear.
Coats and outer garments will not be allowed into the visiting room. Lockers are available to secure these items. These restrictions apply equally to men, women and children.

No contact visiting may be imposed when any of the following occurs:

The offender is found guilty of a violation of rules, regulations or procedures relating to visiting; is found guilty of possession or use of drugs/intoxicants or possession of drug paraphernalia; a visitor introduces contraband into the institution or behaves in a disruptive manner or the offender is housed in the Health & Security Complex.
If no contact visiting is imposed on an offender, it will apply to all his visitors unless the no-contact order is for a specific visitor. If a no-contact order is imposed on a specific visitor, it will apply to all visits for that visitor.

Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in denial of entrance or removal from the Waupun Correctional Institution.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) 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 200 S Madison St, Waupun, WI located in Fond Du Lac 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 920-324-5571 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

State maximum facilities are high-security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences, and a history of violence and creating problems for the staff. High-security facilities are also referred to as penitentiaries. These prisons are usually behind heavy-duty perimeters, including high, thick walls and reinforced fences. There are cameras situated throughout the buildings for close monitoring of inmate actions. Inmates secured in high-security facilities are not allowed to work out in the field in any community programs.

Housing consists of single and double cells with very limited movement. The cells are self-contained built for 23 hours per day detainment, one-hour for recreation and fresh air. All perimeters are triple-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance. They have no opportunity to socialize with other inmates. They are considered to be the most dangerous of all the incarcerated population.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - maximum 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 - Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) 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 - Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) 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 - Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) at 200 S Madison St, Waupun, 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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