Federal prisons, like FCI Aliceville, are different from state and local lockups. If you want to send pictures to an inmate at a federal prison, you have to know the rules.
Inmate Photos has the information you need to know to get pictures to that important person in your life who is also behind bars. Pictures can be photographs, copies of images, or pictures of hand-drawn pictures like a child may draw to send to someone important in prison.
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FCI stands for Federal Correctional Institution. FCI Aliceville is in Aliceville, AL., in Pickens County. Aliceville is close to the Mississippi-Alabama state line in Central Alabama. It is about 36 miles west of Tuscaloosa.
This facility houses female inmates. It is a low-security facility with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp. It used to be a maximum-security prison before changing over. It opened in 2013 and is the first federal women’s prison in Alabama.
The two facilities hold 1,271 inmates, 1,087 at the FCI and 184 at the camp.
The physical address for both facilities is:
FCI Aliceville 11070 Highway 14 Aliceville, AL 35442
Sending Photos and Mail to FCI Aliceville
The mailing addresses for the FCI and the camp are different, but the mailroom staff is usually kind enough to send it over to the other facility if you send it to the wrong one. You should still make an effort to send it to the right facility, though.
First, you must know the inmate’s name and register number. You can find both on the Federal Bureau of Prison’s inmate search web page. Once you have that, you can address the envelope. The name and number must be the first line of the address, and then you put the rest of the address.
Jane Doe Register #12345-678 FCI Aliceville Federal Correctional Institution P.O. Box 4000 Aliceville, AL 35442
Jane Doe Register #12345-678 FCI Aliceville Federal Correctional Institution Satellite Camp P.O. Box 487 Aliceville, AL 35442
Mail is opened and inspected by the prison staff before being delivered to the inmates.
FCI Aliceville inmates also receive “special mail.” The staff opens this mail with the inmate watching. Special mail comes from:
Embassies and Consulates
The Department of Justice
The Bureau of Prisons
Federal Law Enforcement Agents
Any mail that is not allowed is destroyed. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a 25-page correspondence file that explains what is allowed and what is not allowed.
At FCI Aliceville, inmates are allowed to receive up to 25 photos per day. In addition to these, inmates can have a photo album with pictures stored in it.
The prison encourages pictures of families and close friends. “Ordinarily, photographs, particularly those of family and friends, are approved since they represent meaningful ties to the community,” says the FCI Aliceville inmate handbook on persona property.
Inmates are not allowed to have Polaroids. Polaroids will be returned to the sender along with any of the not-allowed pictures that are criminal in nature.
The handbook says, “Nude or sexually suggestive photos (individual prints or copies as opposed to those from publications) present special concerns about personal safety, security, and good order, particularly when the subject is an inmate’s relative, friend, or acquaintance or could reasonably be perceived as such.” Pictures that show sexual acts are also not permitted.
Inmates under Immigration and Customs jurisdiction are allowed 10 photos. They may not have Polaroids. They cannot have a photo album.
Pictures should have the inmate’s name and number written on the back.
A Better Way to Send Photos
If you are looking for a better way to send pictures to FCI Aliceville, Inmate Photos is here for you. Our staff will take your pictures and print them using a high-quality commercial printer. We will package the pictures to meet the prison’s mailing requirements. If the prison puts daily limits on the number of packages the inmate may receive, we will break up the mailing across several days.
We will also make sure the pictures are properly marked on the back.