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How does Access Securepak work in Michigan?

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Access Securepak provides care packages from loved ones to the inmates of a variety of correctional institutions, as of 2015. Users order merchandise online, via telephone or through pre-printed order forms. Online orders require the user to provide the state and institution of the recipient before allowing them to browse the catalog, as states or individual institutions are allowed to prohibit specific products. The program offers thousands of name-brand and correctional-specific products, including foodstuffs, hygiene products, clothing and electronics.

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Only certain states and institutions participate in the program. Participating states include Michigan, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia and Rhode Island. The state of Michigan has programs for two facilities: Calhoun County Jail and Van Buren County Jail. There are also package programs in place for Michigan DOC, Isabella County, Livingston County and Mecosta County.

Available products include brand names such as Ritz, Maxwell House, Dial, Fresh Catch and Sony. Kosher and Halal products are also available. Clothing is available in sizes ranging from small to 6XL and in a variety of colors to fit institutional requirements. Inmates are generally limited to one $85 package per quarter, unless the correctional facility has a stricter rule. Online schedules are available to coordinate care package purchases.

Correctional institutions benefit from the Access Securepak program because its products are packaged specifically for the institutional market. Everything is in clear containers to prevent contraband smuggling, and potentially dangerous components such as screws are replaced with safety versions to mitigate the risk of its use as a weapon. Each facility may also limit the size, weight, contents, value and order frequency on either an individualized or facility-wide basis. It is also convenient for all of the packages to be from one secure warehouse, rather than needing to scan each item individually.

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