How To Order and Send New York Inmate Packages

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Want To Send a New York Inmate Package? Here’s How To Do It

Sending a care package to an inmate is a great way to show them that you’re thinking about them. Every state has a different system for sending inmate care packages and a specific set of rules regarding the allowed contents.

If you’re wondering how to send an inmate package in New York, you should know that it isn’t as straightforward as sending mail to someone outside of prison. What if you don’t know where they’re being held? How to address a letter to an inmate if you don’t know the exact address of the correctional facility?

The obstacles can make you dizzy, but there's no need to worry. DoNotPay will help you stay in contact with an inmate, whether you want to write them letters, organize prison visits, or send a few packages their way.

Find an Inmate Using DoNotPay

You need the prison address to send care packages to inmates. If you’re a member of their family and followed the trial, you probably know the prisoner's location. Friends, acquaintances, and prison pen pals aren’t so fortunate. There’s no simple way to find out where the inmate is held—unless you use DoNotPay.

Our app has an advanced search feature that can help find an inmate in the U.S. using only their name and the state they’re imprisoned in. After you access DoNotPay from your and follow these steps to find an inmate:

  1. Navigate to DoNotPay’s Connect With an Inmate option
  2. Click on Locate Someone
  3. Enter the info you know about the inmate, such as their name or date of birth
  4. Submit

DoNotPay will get to work and find the inmate immediately. If there are multiple results, it won’t take long to comb through them and find the person you are looking for. Our search engine will check all correctional facilities, from ICE to county and federal institutions.

How Can I Send NYS Inmate Packages?

There are many care package suppliers in the state of New York. If you’d like to order something for an inmate, you should check with multiple providers to see which package would best fit the prisoner. Keep in mind that prices may vary from provider to provider. Here are some of the most popular inmate package manufacturers worth considering:

Inmate Package ProducerBenefits

Union Supply Direct New York

  • Gives seven free promotional items
  • Ships orders within two days

Emma’s Premium Services

  • Features a variety of food, including raw materials for cooking
  • Makes it easier for inmates to order packages on their own

Wilson Inmate Package Program

  • Allows pre-orders
  • Ships packages twice a week
  • It’s the largest package provider for NYS

Are There Limitations to Sending Care Packages to Inmates in NY?

There are limits to how many care packages you can send to an inmate in New York. The facilities limit the weight and contents of the package. Not all inmates are allowed to receive packages. Notable rules include:

  • Food packages can only be sent twice a month, with a combined weight of 35 pounds maximum
  • Utensils must be made of plastic
  • Packages with food must be sealed
  • There are limits to what an inmate can possess
  • Garments of certain colors are forbidden
  • A price limit is set for specific commodities

Special housing units and TV facilities have different rules and regulations, so double-check package limitations with the prison administration.

DoNotPay Makes It Easier To Draft a Letter for an Inmate

Whether it’s a letter or a package, prisons are pretty strict when it comes to their contents. Every state has a set of rules for what can be sent by mail. There are even regulations regarding the size of the letter and photographs you include. Properly addressing the letter can also be an issue for people who aren’t used to writing to prisoners.

The good news is that DoNotPay can step in and make the whole process easy. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Open DoNotPay in your
  2. Go to the Connect With an Inmate tab and press Send a Personalized Letter
  3. Input the inmate’s info when prompted
  4. Upload or compose a letter to the inmate
  5. Choose from many unique letter styles we have to offer and submit your letter

Our app will take care of the rest. We’ll print the letter and make sure it complies with the rules and regulations of the correctional facility. Before you know it, the letter will arrive at the facility where it can be processed and given to the inmate.

You can upload photos and send them with the letter as long as they stick to the prison’s rules.

Use DoNotPay’s Virtual Mailbox Feature To Receive Inmate Replies

When your prison pen pal receives a package, they’ll probably want to express their gratitude by writing you a letter. Between how long it takes for your letter to reach an inmate and how long it takes for their reply to reach you, the communication flow might become an issue.

To shorten the process significantly, use DoNotPay’s Virtual Mailbox. It allows you to receive inmate letters in the digital form, and they arrive as soon as we process them. Here’s how it works:

  1. The inmate sends their letter to our address
  2. We receive the letter and digitize it
  3. The letter appears in your Virtual Mailbox

It’s going to be more convenient to read messages if they are available in digital form. The waiting time is shorter, and you won’t have to sort through physical mail.

If you don’t want to share your real address with the inmate but still want to remain pen pals, our virtual inbox feature lets you keep your distance.

DoNotPay Wants To Be Your Pocket-Sized Robot Assistant

DoNotPay helps you stay in contact with a prisoner. Once you find them using our Locate Someone feature, we’ll also show you how to communicate with them through different channels.

Some U.S. prisons allow their inmates to text or send emails to their friends and families. If you’re not sure how to get a number or email address from an inmate—we’ll show you! Whether you want to get on the phone with inmates in Arizona, NY State, or Dallas County, DoNotPay can make it happen.

If you need assistance with some day-to-day stuff, we have more helpful features to offer. Disputing a parking ticket is made easier with DoNotPay, as is claiming compensation for delayed flights. If United Airlines overbooks your flight, we’ll make sure that you get your money back.

All of these features are available once you access DoNotPay from your . Take a look at numerous tasks we can simplify:

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