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.
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 Offenders. 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.
- Maximum Allowable Personal Property Matrix – Men's Facilities (Attachment 1)
- Maximum Allowable Personal Property Matrix – Women's Facilities (Attachment 2)
*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) 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 Offenders, all packages must comply with DOC Policy 450.100 Mail for Prison Offenders. 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.
- Spring Quarter – February 16th through March 16th
- Summer Quarter – May 11th through June 18th
- Fall Quarter – August 10th through September 17th
- Winter Quarter – November 2nd through December 10th
Vendor Resources & Information
See the following Union Supply Direct resources for more information about their services: