Prisoners can send pictures to family members depending on the picture's subject matter. Self-portraits and pornographic, violent or sexual photographs are not allowed to be received or sent out. A prisoner's ability to send mail depends on that prisoner's prison location, as rules vary from state to state.
Prisoners can receive photographs from family members. However, these pictures cannot contain the prisoner's face or violent or sexual images.
Every prison in the United States searches and reads every piece of outgoing and incoming mail. These searches are conducted by correctional officers and are done to protect both the prisoners and the prisoner's families.