Bart’s new mailing address & how to write him using e-mail

Howdy folks!  Bart can receive written mail at the below address and can be communicated with through e-mail.  If you write be forewarned that prison guards are sticklers for a lot of rules that are in place to prevent ANY kind of drug related contraband making its way into the prison.  So for example, they remove stamps before giving the prisoner the mail, they will REJECT any mail that comes written ANYWHERE ON IT with a Sharpie Marker… so “no magic markers”.  Why?  As something creative like liquid acid might be put underneath the marker pen stroke itself.  They also reject anything with glitter.  Also anything that doesn’t show the person’s name and return mailing address.  No photos or items of any kind, including cash or stamps.  Photographs cannot depict any “hand gestures” or signs that might be interpreted as gang signs.   Return addresses should be handwritten using pen, and NOT using a sticker label of any kind.  Stickers in general are all disallowed in a prisoner’s mail. Later in this post you can view a list of DON’Ts as published by the correctional authorities.  

Unfortunately about 50% of mail Bart receives gets rejected for one reason or another.  Bart then gets given a slip of paper that says the mail has been returned but no other information for him to write you back for example, unless you try, try and try again and once he receives it, you’ll have made a life-long friend!

E-mail credits cost 20 for $4.00, or just $.05 cents apiece.  They are limited to about a half to one page of text with all incoming and outgoing mail reviewed to ensure no illegal activity is going on.  To sign up please click GTL Connect Network

In the upper right hand corner you will need to Click “Create New Account”.  Bart is located in the State of Illinois (Illinois Department of Corrections) at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center.  You will need to put in Barton’s name and his prisoner number K-75924.  The service provider requires identification verification before e-mails can be sent and received.  Most e-mails take just one additional day to be received by Barton and then his reply will take a one-day period in which to be received.  This is due to the e-mails actually needing to be read by a censor which is understandable given the circumstances.  Also be sure to include your name and return address as mail that does not include the sender’s information is discarded with the prisoner simply being given notice that mail was destroyed to which he can’t ever reply to.  There is no limit on how many pages the letter is or information you send such as printed articles etc.

Without a doubt, prisoners receiving and returning mails or e-mails is their absolute favorite past time!  Go ahead, make a new friend!

Below is Bart’s regular “snail-mail” mailing address.  Be forewarned that there are lots of “do’s and don’ts” when writing prisoners.  For example I sent this year on April 12th a letter to Bart that contained some legal documents.  I expected him to receive them.  He never did.  ‘Lo and behold in the midst of June I receive back the following.  There is a stamp across the top where mail is returned for a variety of reasons such as “No Inmate ID#” and “Name and ID# Do Not Match”.  Or that there is Correspondence Not Approved or Contraband Enclosed.  They disallow photographs of persons making any hand gesture whatsoever such as a “thumbs up” or a “pointed finger”.  They construe this as “gang signs”.  They also disallow any photographs of persons wearing undergarments.  My correspondence you will note in the below image was returned for the sake of “Excessive Tape”.  What tape did I use?  I used a strip of packing tape to secure my return address and the secure the address label for Bart.  It was too much for a prison official to remove the tape to ensure there was no contraband underneath it.  In fact would not be surprised in the least if something were returned that was determined to have “too much glue”.  Also any mail that does not have a name and return address on it will also be thrown in the trash and as there is no return address nobody will know why, where or when that piece of mail addressed to Bart was thrown out.  When mail is returned and rejected the prison officials usually inform the prisoner the reasoning why.  So that they in turn can communicate the same to whomever the sender is.  Assuming of course that the prisoner knows who the sender was in the first place.  In this instance Bart was never informed of the mail addressed to him was returned to the sender (me) due to “Excessive Tape”.  So e-mail is usually the easiest way to correspond with an inmate I have found.

Example of a returned letter from Pinckneyville Correctional Center due to “Excessive Tape”

Oh no! Bart’s 2021 Christmas related send-out was rejected too! This time as the Christmas card featured “glitter” on it.

OK so the prison sent a form at least this time showing the list of things that can’t be sent such as ANYTHING “GLUED OR PASTED”. EVEN CRAYON, MARKER AND HIGHLIGHTER, GLITTER OR METALIC INK PENS. THE BELOW EVEN SAYS “COLORED PAPER AND MUSICAL CARDS”. Don’t quite understand why “Colored Paper” would be on the list as all cards are comprised of “colored paper”. Geez! See below two images.

Inmate Mail: Barton McNeil K-75924
5835 State Route 154​
Pinckneyville, IL 62274

Pinckneyville Correctional Center: (618) 357-9722

To learn more about Pinckneyville Correction Center, visit the following link: https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/pinckneyvillecorrectionalcenter.aspx