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Where to Send Your Stuff

Now that the holiday rush is over, and now that our staff has pushed extremely hard to put a dent in the number of books waiting to be processed, we wanted to provide information on some recurring issues they have seen:

  • Whatever you're sending, please make sure to have the current inmate number on the package. Sixty packages have been returned from the Security Processing Center because of the wrong or missing inmate numbers.
  • An incorrect mailing address for the processing center will result in the package being refused.
  • Always use the correct address and send your item to the right place.

Please use the following chart to figure out where you need to send which item you want to mail to an inmate:

Smart Communications
​State Correctional Institutes
​Security Processing Center
​What do they process?
​What do they process?
​What do they process?
​Smart Communications processes all general incoming correspondence
  • Letters
  • Greeting Cards
  • Photos
  • Children's Drawings
  • Unbound Newsletters 
  • Note: Nothing in bulk will be accepted by Smart Communications

​The SCIs process the following materials:
  • Newspaper subscriptions for inmates
  • TV Channel Guides
  • Mail addressed to Staff
  • Legal Mail 
  • Official Documents, which include but are not limited to:
    • Checks
    • Passbooks
    • Deposit Slips
    • Birth Certificates
    • Social Security Cards
    • Driver's License
    • Welfare Card

All official documents must be mailed using this format:

Business Office —Inmate Name/Inmate Number
Address Line 1
City, State Zip Code


​The Security Processing Center processes the following materials:
  • Books addressed to inmates
  • Photo books addressed to inmates
  • Calendars addressed to inmates
  • Magazines addressed to inmates
  • Donated Books from established book donation companies
  • Religious material addressed to inmates
  • Bulk religious material – need approval from SCI chaplain
  • Religious Correspondence Course materials
  • Donated Religious material – need approval from SCI chaplain
  • Donated Library books – need approval from SCI Librarian
  • Books addressed to staff
  • Education Correspondence Course Material  


​What address should I use?
​What address should I use?
​What address should I use?

​Smart Communications/ PADOC
Inmate Name, Inmate Number
P.O. Box 33028
St. Petersburg, FL 33733


​Use the SCI mailing address found on the SCI's webpage

​Security Processing Center
Inmate Name, Inmate Number
268 Bricker Road
Bellefonte, PA 16823-1667


​What don't they process?
​What don't they process?
​What don't they process?
​Smart Communications does not process the following mail:
  • Photo Books
  • Mail with an incorrect, incomplete, or missing inmate number
  • Mail that does not have a full return address
  • Mail addressed to DOC Staff Members
  • Mail addressed to JPAY
  • Mail which contains cash, personal checks, gift cards, or money orders
  • Mail which is bound the center or is an a format which prevents scanning
  • Mail that has been damaged by the United States Postal Service
  • Legal Mail
  • Books, Magazines and Calendars
  • Newspapers, TV Guides, Official Documents and Secure Packs

​The SCIs do not process the following materials:
  • General Incoming Correspondence
  • Books, Calendars and Magazines
  • Books addressed to staff
  • Donated Books
  • Donated Library Books
  • Donated Religious Books
  • Donated Religious Materials
  • Religious Materials
  • Religious Correspondence Course Materials
  • Educational Correspondence Course Materials
The Security Processing Center does not process the Following Materials:
  • General Incoming Correspondence
  • Newspapers, TV Channel Listings, Official Documents, Secure Packs, and Legal Mail
  • Publications with an incorrect, incomplete, or missing inmate number
  • Publications that does not have a full return address
  • Anything addressed to JPAY
  • Packages which contain cash, personal checks, gift cards, or money orders
  • Any correspondence for federal inmates
  • Any donated materials that aren't properly 

More detailed information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions for New Procedures. If you have any questions, please email: RA-CRMAILPROCEDURES@pa.gov