If you are interested in sending pictures to inmates at AUSP Thomson, then you must follow the rules. Inmate Photos makes this easy because we have the rules, which we make sure stay updated, and we handle all the mailing.
Our no-surprise billing policy means you know exactly what it costs to send pictures to AUSP-Thomson every time you want to send photos.
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The History Behind AUSP Thomson
Administrative United States Penitentiary (AUSP) Thomson is also known as USP Thomson. It is a former Illinois state prison purchased by the federal government. It currently houses high-security inmates at the main prison and low-security illegal immigrants in next door satellite camp.
It is located in Thomson, IL, which is 2.5 hours directly west of Chicago. It is on the Illinois-Iowa state line along the Mississippi River. The prison is a few miles north of Interstate 88. The street address is:
USP Thomson 1100 ONE MILE ROAD THOMSON, IL 61285
The facility used to be called Thomson Correctional Center. It is a high-security facility used to house violent inmates and men convicted of serious crimes. The main prison has bed space for 1,102 inmates and the satellite campus has space for 104.
Sending Pictures to AUSP Thomson
While the mailing address for both facilities is the same, you do need to address the envelope differently when sending pictures to either the main prison or the satellite facility.
Envelopes must be addressed as follows:
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER USP THOMSON PO BOX 1002 THOMSON, IL 61285
INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER USP THOMSON SATELLITE CAMP P.O. BOX 1002 THOMSON, IL 61285
The addition of the two words “SATELLITE CAMP” ensures your pictures are delivered to the correct location. If you have the wrong information, that important person may not get your pictures. Inmate Photos makes sure your package is properly addressed so the inmate will get your photos.
You can send packages to inmates, but only with prior approval from the prison administration.
Rules for Sending Photos to AUSP Thomson
AUSP Thomson has rules for sending pictures to inmates and the main camp and the satellite facility. You must follow these rules or your pictures will not be delivered. AUSP Thomson rules are different from other federal prisons. Inmate Photos has the complete list of rules and we update those rules by checking with the prison on a regular basis.
The prison has two classes of mail: general correspondence and special mail. Special mail comes from lawyers, judges, law enforcement, and other government agencies. General correspondence is the way your pictures are sent.
Both types of mail are opened by the prison staff and inspected. Special mail is opened with the inmate present. General mail is opened in the mail sorting room. In both cases, the mail is scanned for banned items and information. Anything not allowed is not delivered to the inmate.
A few of the rules from the Federal Bureau of Prisons for sending pictures are:
No nudity or sexual content.
Nothing that represents a security threat to the inmate or the institution.
Each inmate can have as many pictures as are reasonably stored in the inmate’s locker.
No pictures that show gang activity or gang symbols.
The administration can place additional rules on receiving mail and pictures depending on the inmate’s behavior. If the inmate has behavior issues, the warden or his deputies can restrict mail and pictures for a while.
Sending pictures is encouraged by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Some people wonder if photos help the inmates cope with life behind the prison walls. The BOP believes pictures do help.
Inmates at AUSP-Thomson have very limited access to email. The Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) system only allows text messages of 13,000 characters and no pictures.
A Better Way to Send Photos
Inmate Photos is a better way to send pictures to someone at AUSP Thomson. We work with more than 6,000 institutions across the United States.
We know the rules for sending mail. We print your pictures on photo-quality paper in brilliant true-life colors. If the prison limits the number of pictures an inmate can receive each day, we put your pictures into several envelopes. We then mail each of those envelopes a few days apart to make sure your important person does not get more mail, per day, than allowed by the rules.
We give you a complete copy of the rules. you make sure the pictures meet AUSP Thomson’s image rules.
Interested? You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play and get started sending pictures to someone at AUSP Thomson or another prison immediately. We make it easy.
Have questions? Look at our FAQ section or send us an email. We are ready to help you securely send pictures to that important person at AUSP Thomson.