Valley State Prison Inmate Family Council

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MAIL

Physical Address:
21633 Avenue 24
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(559) 665-6100

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 99
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0099

General Inmate Mail:
P. O. Box 92
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0092

Inmate Moneygram:
P. O. Box 94
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0094

Inmate Legal Mail:
P. O. Box 96
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0096

Valley State Prison Institutional Staff:
P. O. Box 99
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0099

When writing to your loved one, please include first and last name, CDCR number and housing unit.

MAIL REGULATIONS

Mail regulations are only somewhat standard throughout the prison system. While the DOM (Department’s Operational Manual) specifies what can be mailed in, you will find differences in every prison. Generally – First Class Mail can have the following items enclosed including but not limited to:

1.  Photos with the exception of photos with attached backing, framed photos that cannot be searched. 10 photos at a      time. Nothing written on the photo
2.  A calendar
3,  Blank greeting cards (no three dimensional cards allowed)
4.  Postage embossed envelopes, up to 40
5.  Blank envelopes (best not to send in more than 20 in one envelope)
6.  Writing paper/tablets(white or yellow lined only, no cotton paper
7.  Typing paper-no cotton paper;
8.  Legal paper, to include colored paper required by court rules, no cotton paper
9,  Children’s drawings
10. Newspaper clippings, internet downloaded articles, photocopies of clippings/articles or electronic mail. Prior to             issuance they shall be reviewed to ensure that they comply with sections 3006 and 3135 of the DOM
11. 40 first class postage stamps. No personalized postage stamps will be allowed.
12. No lamination.

OUTGOING MAIL

In addition to letters sent through regular mail, inmates can also send boxes of personal items out to their families through R&R.  The cost to mail out items in this manner is the same as what the post office charges to mail packages.  See the USPS website for more information about the different mailing options and rates. 


Flat rate boxes are available in R&R for the inmate's use when mailing out packages.  This is a cost-effective and convenient way to mail numerous items, as the rate is the same no matter how much the box weighs.  When going to R&R to mail out these boxes, the inmate can either bring postage with him to cover the cost or it will be deducted from his trust account.