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Send Packages

The Department of Corrections (DOC) has established procedures governing incoming and outgoing packages for inmates per WAC 137-48 Inmate Mail & Communications . The purpose of the WAC rules is to maintain the safety, security, and discipline of adult prison facilities to prevent the transmission of illegal items or contraband into or out of an institution. The rules do not apply to work release facilities.

Newly admitted inmates do not receive packages while assigned to the Reception Centers at Washington Corrections Center (WCC) and Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW).

Package Contents

Packages are wrapped or boxed objects, a parcel or bundle containing one or more objects, and/or a container in which something is packed for storage or transport or mailing (WAC 137-48-20(9) ).

Package contents must comply with DOC Policy 440.000 Personal Property for OffendersAdobe PDF document file. The following matrixes identify the type, value*, and amount of personal property authorized for inmate retention at the different housing security levels. Exceptions require Assistant Secretary of Prisons approval.

*The value of personal property retained by inmates will not exceed the dollar amounts identified on the matrixes.

Please note that books are NOT considered property. Books are considered publications and are authorized as long as they arrive directly from any publishing company. See the Send Publications page for information about sending books to inmates.

Review Unauthorized Mail (Attachment 1)Adobe PDF document file to ensure the contents of your package will not be rejected.

Sending Packages to Inmates

In addition to the DOC Policy 450.120 Packages for OffendersAdobe PDF document file, all packages must comply with DOC Policy 450.100 Mail for Prison OffendersAdobe PDF document file. Each month, inmates may receive one gift package (from family or friends) or one package they ordered themselves, but not both. The only way to send packages to inmates in prison is through the approved vendor, Union Supply Direct .

Monthly Property Packages

Use the Property Program Catalog to send general property items like jewelry, electronics, health and beauty products, shoes, etc., to an inmate.

Faith Item Packages

Use the Faith Items Program Catalog to send faith related head coverings, incense, medallions, pendants, clothing items, etc., to an inmate.

Quarterly Food Packages

Use the Quarterly Program Catalog to send food packages and holiday packages during designated order dates. Orders can be placed online, by phone, fax or mail.

2017:
  • Spring Quarter – February 17th through March 27th
  • Summer Quarter – May 12th through June 19th
  • Fall Quarter – August 11th through September 18th
  • Winter Quarter – November 3rd through December 11th

Vendor Resources & Information

See the following Union Supply Direct resources for more information about their services: