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Control Number - Attorneys

Control Number Request Form (Attorneys)

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is implementing a revised Attorney Control Number process.  As a result, all previously issued Attorney Control Numbers will be valid only until April 5, 2019.  New Attorney Control Numbers must be obtained prior to April 6, 2019 in order to send privileged correspondence.

Beginning April 6, 2019 the revised privileged correspondence process for attorneys is as follows:

  1. An attorney representing an inmate who wishes to send privileged correspondence must obtain a control number.  A control number will be issued upon request by completing and returning the Attorney Control Number Request Form. Each request must be associated with a single physical address and email address.
  2. A separate secondary authentication number will be emailed to each Attorney Control Number holder each week.  The authentication number will be sent to the email address specified in the Request Form.  Each Saturday at 11:59 P.M., a new secondary authentication number will be issued by the Department of Corrections.  The authentication number provided is valid only for the following week. 
  3. Envelopes containing privileged correspondence must contain the following:
    1. Law Office name and address;
    2. Attorney Control Number; and
    3. Secondary authentication number issued for that week
    UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD THE ATTORNEY CONTROL NUMBER AND/OR SECONDARY AUTHENTICATION NUMBER APPEAR ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE.
  4. Privileged correspondence shall only contain essential, confidential, attorney-client communication. 
  5. Privileged correspondence shall only contain documents that originated from the sending attorney(s).  Third party original documentation is strictly prohibited.
  6. Failure to comply with any of the above requirements may result in the rejection of the correspondence.
  7. If privileged correspondence is found to contain any contraband, the associated Attorney Control Number may be revoked and criminal charges may result.

Questions can be directed to the Office of Chief Counsel at 717.728.7763.  This process does not currently apply to correspondence from the Courts.

Control Number - Courts

Control Number Request Form (Courts) (pdf)