To send a care package to someone in jail, you must send it through an approved care-package provider, says The Law Dictionary. Individuals are no longer able to send care packages on their own for security purposes.
Local jails and prisons often have contracts with care-package providers, allowing a friend or loved one of an inmate to order a package and have it sent to the jail, The Law Dictionary explains. Since different jurisdictions have different rules, contact the jail directly to find out its approval process. If an unapproved care-package provider tries to send it to the jail, it might be declined and sent back.
Only items that follow the prison's guidelines are permissible in care packages, notes The Law Dictionary. These include personal-hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. You can also send items such as magazines, candy, coffee and clothing items. Some care packages include books and headphones if that jail approves of such items.
In California, there are multiple, approved care-package vendors, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This includes Golden State Care Packages, Access Securepak, ICON and JPAY. The website for the prison system in California has a full list of usable vendors.