How to Send Books to PA Inmates, by Rick DiLaurenzo

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You can send a variety of publications to inmates in Pennsylvania, including books, calendars, magazines, religious material, and correspondence course materials.  These items must come directly from an “original source vendor”, which includes publishers, bookstores, and online distributors. That means that you cannot send these items from your own collection or bookshelf.

The shipping address for these publications cannot be used for sending regular mail or for legal mail–the “Security Processing Center” will return such items if you inadvertently use the wrong address.  Send your books and other publications to:

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

You must use the format above and have the correct inmate/DOC # or the item will not be delivered.  The Security Processing Center (SPC) operates five days a week.  All items are thoroughly screened and cleared by the DOC.  Then the items are sent to the mailroom at the prison where the inmate is located and delivered to the inmates.  Newspapers are the exception—they are not processed by the SPC, and newspaper subscriptions should be sent directly to the State Correctional Institute (SCI) by the publisher.  Magazines and other periodicals, however, must be sent to the SPC as outlined above.

PLEASE NOTE: Family and friends of inmates cannot send publications directly to inmates and must work with original source book providers or sellers.

If you have any questions about where to send items, visit the PADOC information pages at

Rick DiLaurenzo, Founder and Editor 
Box 310
Hilltown, PA 189027


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