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Special postage rates for inmates?

Asked by Jeruba (45822points) December 18th, 2016

Do inmates in county jails get a special postage rate for mailing letters?

I’ve been told that they can mail a first class letter for 2 cents’ postage. I don’t believe it but would like to know if it’s true.

There’s nothing about it that I can find on the USPS website.

Tags as I wrote them: postage, inmates, jail, USPS, letters.

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marinelife's avatar

It varies from county to county. You would have to look up the county where the prison is. In all of the counties whose outgoing mail policies I read, I never found ones with special postage rates. There is one county that provides indigent inmates with two stamped envelopes per week.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I can tell you for a fact that NY does not subsidize stamps. The inmates either buy them from the commissary or other inmates or have family sent them. There is a limit to how many the family may send. Apparently the powers that be think a large number of stamps can be a potential for causing problems between inmates.

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