When a famous person lands himself or herself in jail, it is a unique time for a fan to be in touch with that celebrity. You know the celebrity isn't going anywhere for awhile, is probably bored and would appreciate something to do, and the celebrity may actually answer you.
Unfortunately, for the regular person, sending goods to jail, prison, detention center, or a correctional facility can be a bit tricky. Every facility has its own set of rules of what is objectionable material and most require that goods be sent directly from a vendor.
So what does this mean for all of the fans? You can still get mail to the center of your fandom, but it takes a little extra effort. There are lists of things that inmates cannot have - even celebrity inmates. Firstly, they cannot receive mail that does not have a return address on it. They can't receive blank notecards and self-addressed stamped envelopes because stamps are highly valuable in jail. No joke.
They also can't receive too much of something at once - for example, books and magazines. Many facilities have a limit on how many magazines an inmate can have in his/her possession at any given time. They also, usually, have a limit on how often an inmate can receive material.
Fortunately, we are well versed in sending magazines and mail to jails and prisons. We've been sending magazines all over the country to prisoners -- and celebrity inmates are no different. Their mail still gets inspected and they are still subject to the same rules as everyone else. It's an especially great thing to send to inmates because they get bored and it keeps them updated on the world on the outside since they have no access to the internet. And Goodie Mags is one of the only places you can send single magazines.
So, we've set up a way for you to send magazines to your favorite celebrity when they land themselves in jail. Keep in mind, they can only receive so many magazines at one given time and over a period of time. This means, we can't send an inmate 5 magazines everyday. It is paced -- and it's different for every facility. Luckily, we keep in touch with the wardens at the facilities, so we can keep track of the rules for you.
Here are the rules of the game you should keep track of:
- Find the celebrity who is in jail. We'll keep a list on our Send to Celebrities page. If there is a famous person in prison that you'd like to send magazines and a note to, but we don't have them listed, just tell us! If you tip us to the person, we'll do the research and give you first opportunity at sending a package.
- Check to see if the celebrity inmate you want to send a package to is allowed to get one at the moment. If it's not available, we'll put the next date you can send a package.
- Include a note with your package. The celebrity in prison may just answer you!
- Keep an eye out for celebrities who go in the slammer and let us know. We'll do all of the research and set-up the link to send the package and you get first dibs!
Celebrities in Prison now:
- Rod Blagojevich (and his hair), former governor of Illinois
- Ja Rule, music star
- Wesley Snipes, actor, producer and martial artist
- OJ Simpson, pro athlete and actor
- George Ryan, former governor of Illinois...noticing a trend?
Don't worry, we have standing pages set-up for Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen. The second they go in, we'll let you know so you can send them magazines and a note.
This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity. Once the package has been bought for the week, you'll be outta luck until the next week.
What celebrities are we missing?! Tell us and you will get dibs on sending a package first! You can always shoot us an email, post on our facebook wall or tweet us too with celebrity news!