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Old 12-26-2012, 03:39 PM
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Anything regarding mail, mailing address, etc... should go here.
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Kern Valley State Prison
Mailroom List of Unauthorized Items

and limits to various allowable items.

1. Cash money, coins, or foreign currency
2. Padded, bubbled, or cardboard envelopes
3. Hard cover books
4. All books, magazines & newspaper must come from a Publisher/Vendor (Per Title 15 Section 3138 (f)(1) (no directory phone books)
5. No more than 40 stamps
6. Nor more than 40 blank or embossed envelopes per envelope
7. No more than 10 greeting cards (ASU only 5) per envelope
8. Metered or hand stamped envelopes
9. No more than 300 sheets of lined or blank paper per envelope (no blank colored paper/envelopes of any kind)
10. No more than 300 sheets of white or yellow lined writing tablets (without cardboard back, tape, plastic, metal, and staples) per envelope
11. Nor more than 15 photos (ASU only 5) per envelope
12. Nor more than 25 Internet pages per envelope
13. Framed photographs, Polaroid’s, negatives, slides or photo albums (albums can be purchased through canteen) per OP #300
14. No more than 10 Manila envelopes (must not have metal clasp) per envelope
15. Compacts discs or DVDs containing computer data (pre-recorded audio CDs may be obtained within approved methods or limitations)
16. Trading or playing cards (sport, etc.), collective items (stamps, cards, etc.) and autographed items
17. Identification cards, phone cards, business cards, or credit cards
18. Hard plastic, metal glass, laminated items or needles of any kind
19. Metal spring binding commonly used on calendars and note books
20. Homemade greeting cards (incoming or outgoing)
21. Pens, pencils, markers, writing/drawing instruments, cardboard or card stock paper, transparent or tracing paper
22. Clothing material (lace, felt, hankies, strings, ribbons, hats, caps, beanies and/or similar items)
23. Factory or handmade jewelry
24. No cosmetics
25. Photo copies should not exceed more than 2 lbs. per envelope
26. Food of any kind (candy, etc.)
27. Letters with perfume, powder, lipstick or oil stains on envelope or its contents (no leaves or flower petals)
28. Bodily fluids, excretory functions or hair of any kind
29. Address books or date book and maps (per Title 15 Section 3006 (12) (maps no larger than 12x12)
30. Address labels (sticker or adhesive) are not allowed
31. Letters with stickers, glitter or correction fluid on envelope or its contents (no confetti, labels or sticker sheets)
32. No items larger than 8.5x11 (photos, greeting cards, etc.)
33. Calendars when unopened cannot exceed 12x12
34. Checks or money orders enclosed in the same envelope that are payable to other inmates
35. Checks or money orders payable to other agencies or parties
36. Copies of checks or money orders and cancelled checks (no receipts of any kind)
37. Blank negotiable items (checks, deposit slips or form a signature to open or transfer funds)
38. Any catalogs, advertisements or brochures whose sole purpose are to sell a product or solicit response from an inmate (order forms, etc.) (per Title 15 Section 306 (11)
39. Cut out, clippings or ripped pages from magazines, books or newspapers
40. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, escrow papers, deeds, life insurance papers, etc. (no originals or copies)
41. Tattoo patterns, Gang signs or photos that promote or identify gang membership and/or association
42. Photos/Articles/Drawings depicting explicit sexual activity, frontal nudity (exposed females breasts/nipples or genitals or either gender) (per Title 15 Section 3006 (15)(A-C)(1-2)(17)(A))
43. Photos/Articles/Drawings depicting fighting techniques, weapons, gangs, drugs and unlawful activities
44. No binder clips of any size
45. Inmates not allowed to send/mail out stamps or embossed envelopes
46. Mail without complete name and return address on envelope (I/M must have name, CDC#, yard & housing #) per Title 15 Section 3147 (a)(2-3)
47. No inmate to inmate correspondence (need CDC 1074) with prior approval (no third party mail allowed)
48. All other items, which are unable to be searched without destroying the contents
49. Musical or voice activated (cards, etc.)
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Does anyone know how long it's taking for your hubby to receive mail from you I get his letter right away but he said he still hasn't received any of mine ??
Ps .... His in ad-seg b2
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My hubby just got there on 1/4 and he got my mail that i mailed on 1/5 on 1/9 I was really surprised he got it that quick he is on D yard I know mail is always changing but since he is still on orientation glad mail is going fast can't wait for him to be able call home it's been what feels like FOREVER 20 months I am ready to push 5 lol have a Great weekend everyone
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hi Grumpys Lady what adress did you use for Orientation? Thnx
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hi Grumpys Lady what adress did you use for Orientation? Thnx
Hello I called records the day he got there and they gave me my husbands housing info the number I called is 661-721-6300 press # 1 then press # 5 for records u will need his name and CDC number hope this helps
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Can someone tell me on average how long it takes D yard to get mail? I mailed it from Orange County, California. Thank you for the feedback in advance.
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Can someone tell me on average how long it takes D yard to get mail? I mailed it from Orange County, California. Thank you for the feedback in advance.
It's been pretty fast lately. I'm from LA and its been getting to him in about a week.
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Mail gets to the prison in a day or two if your mailing it anywhere in Ca or near by states. The part that takes so long is the mail room getting it out to the inmates. There are certain days that they do certain things. One thing that they do besides going over every single letter is scanning it to have a copy of everything that the inmates get.
Same thing with outgoing mail. That's a process too before they get the letters off to the actual post office.
That's why there is never a "for sure" answer. It's always inconstant and a freakin' mystery!
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Thank you. I didn't know their process. I appreciate the feedback.
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Has anyone used LetterQuick to KVSP? Just wondering if they actually do receive letters faster than with regular mail?? Thank you for the feedback in advance.

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I mailed a card with photos from LA and he got the letter in 3 days. However on that same day I mailed 10 stamped envelopes, 40 sheets of paper and 5 pictures and he still hasn't received those. Ive never had an issue with stamping envelopes w/ the meter and had it returned so I hope that hasn't changed now that I just read the do/donts. Yikes! That would totally stink if all that came back.
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Used Letterquick for a few letters. They came back to me as return to sender with his name crossed out and stamped "unauthorized". Does anyone know what that means?
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Used Letterquick for a few letters. They came back to me as return to sender with his name crossed out and stamped "unauthorized". Does anyone know what that means?
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It's an online mail service that's supposed to get letters to them faster than regular mail. Didn't work for me though! I was just wondering if anyone knew why the letters would all come back.
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Is it like sending a Jpay letter? Through email? I'm kinda dumb sometimes,lol. I don't get it but I'm dying to know


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Yes it's like sending an email. Supposed to get to them much faster than regular mail. Don't waste your money or time. I sent three and every one of them came back to me with a return to sender and an unauthorized stamp on it. Not sure if it was letter quick itself or the mail room that did not let them go through.
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I didn't know that they could get emails at Kern Valley. Maybe not since yours didn't go through? Does anyone else have any experience with this type of letter at KV?

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Maybe that's why. It's listed as a participating facility though, so I'm not sure what happened. I'm curious if anyone else has had the same issue...
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I'm really interested too since it was listed. How weird. Hey didn't you have your first visit this weekend or was that somebody else around here?

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I emailed them too, so let's see what letter quick says happened. No, I didn't visit this weekend. I have an appt for next Sunday.
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does anyone know the address to send stuff to a counselor at the prison?
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I'm really interested too since it was listed. How weird. Hey didn't you have your first visit this weekend or was that somebody else around here?
I sent a letter through letterquick and he never received it.
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Hi,
I was wondering due to this riot/lock down thing... on B yard and ADSEG has anyone received mail from either yard??
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