Educating The People of Scotland

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Writing to prisoners – Do’s and Don’ts

~ The prisoner’s full name and prison number should always be used in addresses, as above.

~ When writing to a prisoner the sender must include their full name and address on the back of envelope.

~ In prisons letters are opened, searched, and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

~ You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security.

~ NO items, money or stamps should be enclosed with letters.

~ Never send original documents, make copies and send those. It is unwise to send confidential, financial or medical information. 

~ Never discuss any on-going legal matters.

~ If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched, or have pieces attached. No Musical cards.

~ Full details must be included with cards (it is a good idea to put details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter with sender’s details so that cards are not displayed in cells showing personal details).

Note: The above information was taken from political prisoner Tahra Ahmed’s fundraising page. According to The Light newspaper Tahra has been moved to HMP Downfield. Address: Sutton Lane, Sutton SM2 5PD.