How to Buy Care Packages for the Delano Prison

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If you want to send a care package to an inmate incarcerated at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California, there are several things of which you must be aware. In an effort to prevent contraband from entering the prison, inmates can't receive care packages directly from friends and family. Packages must be ordered and mailed from an approved outside vendor. In addition, the inmate's classification affects whether he can receive packages, and how often they can be sent.

  • Contact the prison to find out your inmate's current classification. Inmates classified as privilege group "A" or "B" are allowed to receive one package weighing up to 30 pounds each quarter. Those classified as privilege group "C" are prohibited from receiving packages, and those with a group "D" classification may receive one package per year. Inmates may be reclassified based on behavior, so it's a good idea to check before sending each package to make sure they will be able to receive it.

  • Visit the California Department of Corrections website to find the most current list of approved vendors. A variety of items can be ordered--electronics, music, books, food, jewelry--and they are listed on the sites in Resources.

  • Select the vendor from which you wish to order and place your order. You will need to know the inmate's identification number. You can call the California Department of Corrections Identification Unit at (916) 445-671 to obtain the inmate's ID number if you don't already have it.

  • Check with the vendor to make sure the package was delivered successfully. Delivery typically takes place within one to two weeks. If the inmate's classification is changed after the order is placed or if the prison is on lock-down at the time delivery is attempted, delivery may be refused or delayed.

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