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Items That Cannot Be Mailed To An Inmate

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The items listed below CAN NOT be sent to an inmate:

  • ADHESIVE TAPE
  • AEROSOL CANS
  • BAR SOAP
  • BATTERIES
  • CANDY
  • CIGARETTES OR CIGARS
  • CIGARETTE LIGHTER OR MATCHES
  • CLOTHING OF ANY SORT (INCL. BUT NOT LIMITED TO: UNDERWEAR; T-SHIRTS; SOCKS; GYM SHOES)
  • COSMETICS
  • CREDIT CARDS
  • DENTAL FLOSS, PASTE OR POWDER
  • FOOD
  • FOREIGN OR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE ENCLOSED
  • GLASS, WOOD OR METAL OBJECTS
  • GLUE
  • HAIR BRUSH, COMB OR PICK
  • IDENTIFICATION CARDS
  • JEWELRY
  • KEYS
  • MAP
  • MARKING PEN
  • MEDICINE OR MEDICAL SUPPLIES
  • MONEY ORDERS IN EXCESS OF $100.00 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
  • MONEY ORDERS NOT PROPERLY FILLED IN OR ALTERED MONEY ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
  • NAIL FILE OR CLIPPERS
  • NEWSPAPERS
  • PAINT, BRUSHES OR SOLVENTS
  • PAPERBACK BOOKS, MAGAZINES, ARE LIMITED TO 3 PER MAILING
  • PENCILS, PEN OR SHARPENER
  • PICTURES SHOWING WEAPONS, MONEY OR GANG SIGN
  • PLAYING CARDS OR PUZZLES
  • PLASTIC SENTIMENT, MUSICAL CARDS OF VERY LARGE CARDS
  • POLAROID INSTANT PICTURES WITH DOUBLE BACKING
  • POSTAGE STAMPS
  • POSTERS
  • RADIOS, TAPE PLAYER OR TELEVISION SETS
  • ROLLERS, BOBBIE PINS, CLIPS OR PLASTIC CAPS
  • STICKERS, DECALS OR PATCHES
  • TOWELS
  • TWINE, WIRE OR OTHER BINDING MATERIAL
  • INMATES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO CORRESPOND WITH OTHER INMATES OF OTHER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM BOTH WARDENS

This list will be used as a guideline and does not limit a staff member’s authority to confiscate any item which could be considered a threat to the security or safety of the institution.

Additionally, the Cook County Department of Corrections reserves the right to prohibit any other items that could be considered contraband or which could threaten the safety and security of the institution, its employees or its visitors.

Repeated attempts to send an inmate unauthorized items  may constitute disciplinary action against the inmate, and may cause the matter to be referred to the Cook County State’s Attorney for possible Criminal Charging of the sender and / or the inmate involved.

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