How to Send Books to Prison

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How to Send Books to Prison
Books are ideal for helping prisoners pass time. (book 8 image by Luis Carlos Jiménez from

Prisoners have countless hours of free time to pass. Sending books to a prison inmate can help occupy that time. Prisons have many rules and regulations regarding publications that you can send to an inmate and how to do so.

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    Find out the requirements and rules of the prison in which you are sending the books. There are numerous and strict rules to send publications to a prison. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, inmates at Florida State Prison Main Unit or death row are not allowed to receive hard-bound books. Certain genres and topics in books are forbidden, such as any depictions of violence. Contact the prison directly or find the information on their website.

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    Send any books or other reading materials through a publisher, mail order distributor or bookstore. Online bookstores that ship to prisons include Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Do not try and send books to a prisoner directly as they will be rejected. Any books sent to a prison must be sent through the United States Postal Service.

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    Include the inmates full name. If you know the inmates middle name and booking number, include those along with the address of the prison.

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