How to send a care package to someone in jail

Receiving care packages in jail is more common in the USA and Australia than in Europe. Nevertheless, sending books, gifts or clothes to prisoners is a great way to make life easier and show your loved one you’re thinking of them. More often, customers ask ‘how to send a care package to someone in jail?’ At Eurosender, we are experts in parcel delivery to any destination, including prisoners and inmates in most jails and prisons and shipping to correctional facilities worldwide. Discover the best way to send inmate care packages, including advice on what to send someone in jail, and book low-cost and reliable international parcel delivery to inmates and prisoners with Eurosender.

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Things to consider before booking a parcel delivery to a prisons and jails

Before you start shipping parcels to prisons and jails there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid any issues with collection and delivery. Follow these guidelines to ensure successful delivery of your inmate care package:
Packing
Before the courier collects your inmate care package, it must be packed appropriately. For advice on packing specific items, check our packing guidelines.
Prohibited and restricted items
Always be certain your shipment doesn’t contain any items which are considered prohibited or restricted by couriers and the correctional facility, to avoid failed delivery or legal issues.
Insurance
All standard shipments booked with Eurosender are covered by basic insurance, included in the price. Additional insurance is available to purchase at low prices.

Important information when shipping parcels to prisons and jails

Shipping to correctional facilities in rural or remote locations
Is the destination considered remote? Check this carefully with the courier company in case there may be additional surcharges, longer transit times or limited delivery days.
Access to the prison
Prisons and correctional facilities usually have separate service entrances for deliveries and mail. It is important to check this with authorities to ensure all details are provided, including permission to enter.
Restrictions on prisoners receiving mail
Every prison or correctional facility has its own regulations and rules regarding inmates receiving mail and parcels. Be sure to check these carefully to ensure you, or the inmate, are not breaking any laws when receiving care packages in jail.
Correct address and information
Correctly addressing a care package to a prisoner might seem simple, but incorrect addresses are the most common cause of failed deliveries. See our instructions below.

How to correctly address an inmate care package

Getting the address right when shipping to a correctional facility is crucial to ensure your loved one receives their package without any issues. Before you decide to send books, gifts or clothes to a prisoner, contact the jail first to find out the correct way to address your parcel, including Prisoner ID numbers. Wherever you are shipping to, addresses should be written as follows, to avoid failed deliveries:

  1. Country
    Choose the country of pick-up/delivery.
    Ex.: Australia
  2. Name & Surname
    Name of the prison followed by the full name of the consignee
    Ex.: Acacia prison, Alexander Yates
  3. Address
    Fill out the street name in full and the number.
    Ex.: Great Eastern Highway 15
  4. Additional info – Optional
    Here you can add additional information.
    Keep in mind that the courier doesn’t always take this info into consideration.
  5. Zipcode
    Add the zip code, please double check if it’s the right one.
    Ex.: WA 6558
  6. Town/city
    Add the full name of the town or city.
    Ex.: Wooroloo
  7. Phone number
    Add the phone number, change the area code if needed.
    Ex.: +61 41 1645 992

What can I send to someone in jail?

Sending a care package is always a personal thing, so what you decide to send will depend on the person you are sending it to. However, if you are lacking inspiration, here are the most common items people ship to correctional facilities:
Books and puzzles
Why not send a few books to a prisoner, to help them pass the time? For guidelines on shipping books, check out our dedicated page.
Clothing and personal items
If allowed, sending favourite clothes or much needed personal items to prisoners is a great way to make their lives easier on the inside. Just make sure these are permitted to send.
Food and homemade gifts
Sending something from home, such as homemade cookies and certain foods as gifts is an excellent idea to send in your inmate care package. Just make sure these are not restricted or prohibited, by couriers, customs or the correctional facility.

What is not allowed inside an inmate care package?

There are a number of items which are prohibited to send, both by courier companies and correctional facilities. These include:
Illegal drugs
Alcohol
Weapons
A camera
A mobile phone
Before you decide to ship a parcel to a prison or jail, contact the authorities to find out exactly what is forbidden to send, and be sure to check our prohibited and restricted items page to make sure the courier can deliver your parcel.

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