New York Codes, Rules and Regulations
Chapter VIII - Institutional Programs
Part 720 - Inmate Correspondence Program
Section 720.7 - Business mail

Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 38, September 21, 2022

All correspondence addressed to a business entity, other than a member of the media, shall be considered business mail and shall be processed as follows:

(a) Business mail obligating an inmate's funds (e.g., requests to an outside vendor for goods or services, etc.) must be accompanied by a signed and approved disbursement form.

(b) When processing this business mail, the facility must ensure that the inmate has sufficient funds. If sufficient funds are available, a check or money order will be drawn against the inmate's account and inserted in the envelope as advance payment.

(c) Inmates are prohibited from using business correspondence to order any items on credit or installment plans, and are also prohibited from obligating their funds for anything more than the immediate purchase which is being reviewed.

(1) Inmates may not join a club or purchase plan in which items are automatically sent to the facility along with invoices for payment each week, month, etc.

(2) Inmates may make one single payment for items which will be delivered over an extended period of time, provided that there is no additional billing for the items being delivered in the future.

(d) All business mail, except business mail to the media, will be submitted by the inmate unsealed. Such business mail is subject to inspection.

(e) All business mail addressed to the media may be submitted sealed. Such business mail shall not be subject to opening, inspection, or confiscation, except in accordance with the provisions of section 720.3(c) of this Part.

(f) Notwithstanding the above, mail addressed to a box number in care of a media entity shall not be considered to be mail addressed to the media.

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