Use a Prison Catalog to Send a Gift to Your Incarcerated Loved One

As people, we send gifts to loved ones for birthdays, holidays, or just to show that we care. However, due to the rules and regulations of what inmates are allowed to receive in the mail, gift-giving is not the same. But did you know you can buy gifts for your incarcerated loved ones through approved catalogs? These catalogs can include anything from food, clothing, and other items that are approved to send to your incarcerated loved one. Many of these care packages can be ordered online and shipped to your incarcerated loved one’s facility. We have listed a few care package resources below. Just as a reminder, always check your loved one’s specific facility for their rules and regulations. 

Access Securepak:

Access Securepak allows family members and friends to send packages to inmates. This company was developed to eliminate contraband and greatly reduce the time and labor required to process packages. You can create an account and purchase a care package from them here: 

Union Supply Group:

Union Supply Group offers inmate and family package programs for either state-wide agencies or individual facilities. Union Supply Group uses the entire range of products offered by Union Supply Company and Food Express USA to create completely customized programs. To purchase, visit: 

Jack L. Marcus Company:

The Jack L. Marcus Company offers care packages to send to incarcerated individuals in select states. These states include California, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. To send a gift from their catalog, go to: 


iCare offers snack packages that friends and family can send to their incarcerated loved ones to show them how much they care. From salty to sweet, they have the perfect package to send your loved one a treat. Send your loved one a snack pack here: 

Inmate Care Packages:

Inmate Care Packages offers a wide range of options to send to your incarcerated loved one. The categories for their bundles include Food, Clothing & Apparel, Personal Care, Books/Magazines, Electronics & Accessories, and even inmate phone plans. You can find their care packages here: 


Through Pelipost, you can send photos to your incarcerated loved one. Photos are a tangible token of your love that your loved one can physically hold and cherish. Photos mean so much to incarcerated individuals, and help you to keep in contact with them. 

Ready to send pictures? You can download the Pelipost app through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

19 Replies to “Use a Prison Catalog to Send a Gift to Your Incarcerated Loved One”

  1. I’ve learned that they all do it differently. In Iowa, they can only receive gifts at the holidays. Even then, we only have 1 company that we can buy from, & wouldn’t you know, they’re contracted with the DOC?! Meaning the middleman is the DOC, so they managed to find another way to make more $. Inmates are nothing more than a money making number in Iowa. Like clockwork, especially since the pandemic has left them so short handed, the Parole Board is releasing those who have/are causing the most problems, to make it, the recidivism rate is so high, it’s only a matter of time before they return. Those who are not doing anything wrong, who work, & who have a life /future waiting for them are laid back down. It’s occurring so regularly, you can lay odds how the Board will decide by taking a glance at the inmates “paragraph”. Blatantly obvious, to all, but not enough to prove it

  2. Who do you turn to when your inmate has had Southern public defenders and 14 months and none of them have done anything for his case the inmate has done massive work through the law library on his own case as well as myself things that were sent in the mail to him that he never received never saw never touched but yet he is being charged with somebody else who has used his name before it was arrested for using the alias of his name, the attorney he has now has not shown up for his last two hearings has not filed any of the grievances or that were to be filed. Who do people turn to with the legal system when the legal system is failing them? Want to judge says that you will be going to trial you must make a decision I’m going to plea or going to trial in the month of January and the judge will not even be sitting on the bench in January. We have no money to finance an attorney I am under disability he is under disability he’s not able to work we are both homeless who does the family turn to who do the people turn to to get the legal help that they need?

    1. Claire, we are so sorry to hear about the hardships you and your loved one are experiencing. In which state are you located?

  3. Thank you for this! I’m trying to see what’s available for someone in Johnston Correctional (NCDOC). It looks like Union Direct is the only supplier and I think they only get packages only at certain times of the year.
    I ordered the “shoe package” back in Oct/Nov and it took more than 2 months to get there.
    Is it worth it to order from them or is it better to send money for the commissary?
    Thank you so much for all you’re doing and helping!

  4. I’ve been in touch with you as any letters sent thru your site to AR Quachita were returned. Had to call them up and was told they no longer accepted PELIPOST or Ameelio..
    He has been transferred to Cummins AR State facility and the staff is just so charming & helpful (sarcasm).
    Do you know if AR will now accept anything from your site? I’ve used I-messaging thru Securus which sends pictures & text. I’ve joined Prison Policy Initiative and ACLU as the costs of using only their contracts is expensive but they get kick-backs. Thanks..

    1. Hi, Peggy! At this time, photos from Pelipost ARE accepted at Arkansas state facilities, however they are scanned and photocopied as all general correspondence mail. Our Correctional Facility Relations Department is actively working on a solution to photocopies in Arkansas. We are always here to advocate for the power of REAL photos.

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