Shipping to Correctional Facilities
Powell's Books Inc. ships to many correctional facilities, both state and federal. In order for your friend or family member to receive what you are sending, it is of utmost importance that you are absolutely certain of the facility's rules and regulations regarding incoming mail.
- Have you shipped to this particular facility before? If not, we ask that you contact the facility prior to placing an order and request detailed information regarding books being sent in the mail.
- First-time order? Don't send large or expensive items until you've become familiar with the process.
- We recommend buying only new books as they have the highest acceptance rate.
Make sure to include:
Most (if not all) correctional facilities now have websites that provide further information about how to send mail to inmates. Below are links to two helpful Oregon and Washington correctional facility websites that include details about their incoming-mail policies.
Inmate's name and inmate number (on the same line)
Name and address of the facility
Purchaser's name and phone number (in case the shipment is returned)
Washington State Department of Corrections
Oregon State Department of Corrections