The United States Penitentiary Atwater in Merced County serves the city of Atwater and other smaller towns in Merced. Always call first to make sure an inmate can receive visitors and is at the facility at Atwater CA, 95301-5174 in Merced before traveling or booking hotels.
Prisons in CA like United States Penitentiary Atwater can often make it difficult and costly for inmates to call the outside. Some prisons charge over $10 a minute to make a long distance phone call. The best way to avoid these fees is to set up a local phone number that will ring your phone number(s) no matter where you live. Securtel.us provides this service and you can reach them at inmate calls. To send mail to an inmate you can visit send postcards. Once you are able to communicate with your inmate, you can start making plans for visitation. There are many types of prison facility in CA. City Jails, County Jails, State Jails and State Penitentiaries. Each will have it's own rules and times for visitation, calls and mail.
Everything in prison costs money. Soap, toothpaste, phone calls and stamps and envelopes must all be purchased at the commissary. Step one is to get set up with phone service so you can communicate. Then you can learn what an inmate needs and how to properly send it.
It's important for prison families to help each other to help their loved ones inside and out. By sharing information about United States Penitentiary Atwater with other families, it will help them avoid mistakes and confusion that no one needs or wants.
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