What Are The Best Items to Send to Loved One in Prison?
When you have a loved one in prison its difficult to know what you can and can’t send them; it’s difficult to know what to send to a loved one in prison. There’s nothing more discouraging than having something that you’ve sent returned. This article discusses the best items to send to loved one in prison.
As most prisoners’ families already know, there aren’t many comforts from home that you can send to an incarcerated loved one. This is largely due to onerous correspondence restrictions that are in place in virtually every jail and prison in the country. Gone are the days of care packages, clothes packages, Christmas packages from home and even some publications due to them featuring nudity or other adult or violent content.
While many items are prohibited in American jails and prisons, some are still allowed. And it is these items that can make a stay in the slammer that much more bearable and less toxic.
The article lists correspondence, money, books, magazines and newspapers as the best items to send to loved one in prison. Each state and facility will have different rules, so make sure that you check with them first before sending anything to your loved one. Some facilities have limitations on the number of pages an inmate can receive and you send over that amount allowed, the whole envelope could be returned. One year I sent a card that had sparkles on it and it was returned. Another time I taped a stamp so it wouldn’t fall off and that was considered contraband and returned.
I agree with the items that this articles recommends to send and the benefits these have to the loved one in prison. I would just caution on the types of magazines sent to men, however, even if they are Maxim or Muscle & Fitness. These magazines could have pictures that are deemed inappropriate and the facility could either remove the undesirable pictures or dispose of the magazine. I used to send my brother Maxim and he said that on some issues most of the pictures were cut out and there was little magazine left to read. Over the years I sent him Time, The Smithsonian, Popular Science, The Week and USA Today. I also sent him books, but most of the time he ordered the books himself with the money I sent him. I always sent enough money for him to buy food at the commissary and order supplies. I would send extra money on his birthday so he could purchase something special. What’s important is for you to send what you can and know that your loved one appreciates whatever you can provide while they are on the inside.
To read this article go to the Huffington Post: The 5 Best Items to Send to Your Loved One in Prison.