My guy is at North Kern in reception.. arrived 12/13 - I have written to him daily beginning 12/13..yet I received my first letter from him on 12/23 saying he has had no mail from me? How long does it normally take for a letter to get delivered to the inmate? His letter to me was mailed on Wednesday and arrived to me in Ohio on Friday. So outbound mail seems to be quick.
(1) First-Class Mail is all mail wholly or partly in writing or
typewriting, all actual and personal correspondence, all bills and
statements of account, and all matter sealed or otherwise closed
against inspection. The maximum weight for a First-Class letter is
13 ounces. All First-Class Mail shall be delivered to the inmate as
soon as possible, but not later than seven calendar days from
receipt of the mail at the facility mailroom.
Most reception centers take a long time. San Quentin can sometimes take a month or more. North Kern is not as bad. I would say 10-20 days. Terry's suggestion as far as sending postcards is a good one. In my experience, I received postcards 2-3 days after the postmark. A letter with the same postmark might take 3-4 weeks....
My loved one is at CMC East and it really seems to vary depending on the time of year. Also, even though the CDC says that "Priority Mail will not be processed through the prison's mailroom faster then Standard Mail"...that does not seem to be the case at CMC. The mail that I send to him "Priority" gets to the prison only one day earlier then the "Standard Mail" I send....however, my loved one consistently receives the "Priority Mail" I send to him several days faster then the mail I send to him "Standard Mail".
i thought about sending mines mail priority yesterday, i was worried they'd be like "oh ha ha yeah right!" and play like they didn't get it. plus i'm worried about them having to sign for it,that the c.o.'s would get an attitude with him. it's sad we got to go through this much thought processes to just mail a letter and or pics.! i've heard of 3 weeks once it took to get mail to my ca. penpal.