Q: What is an Additional Package?
During the COVID-19 crisis, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is allowing one (1) additional package a year to the inmate population in addition to quarterly packages. This policy will remain in effect until COVID-19 Crises is no longer in effect or rescinded.
Q: Who can get an Additional Package?
Inmates are allowed one additional package a year as follows:
Privilege Group A/B:
Inmates may receive one (1) package per quarter
PLUS an additional 30 pound package for a total of FIVE (5) packages a year.
Privilege Group D
Inmates may receive one (1) package per year
PLUS an additional 30 pound package for a total of TWO (2) packages a year.
Privilege Group C
NO packages permitted (0 per year)
ONE (1) 30 pound package allowed during COVID-19
Privilege Group U
NO packages permitted.
Q: What is the Promo Program?
Our Promo Program is designed to thank all of our customers for ordering with Union Supply. Customers are able to choose up to 12 promo items depending on how much is spent on a quarterly package. The number of qualifying Promo items is determined by the subtotal amount of regularly priced and blowout sale items combined, not including the shipping fee. Promo item selections cannot be duplicates and cannot exceed 12. Weights of the selected Promo items must meet the overall weight requirements of the entire order. The Promo selections are valid for orders submitted January 1 - June 30, 2021. If you are shopping on our website, you may pick your rewards items during the checkout process.
Q: Does Union Supply Sell Mixed Tapes?
Mixed Tapes are not available.
Q:  Will I receive confirmation that the package was shipped? 
If you have provided an e-mail address, you will be notified when we have received your order and when the order is shipped.
Q:  How can I tell if my package has delivered to the facility?
You can find this information by e-mailing us at
CAcustomerservice@unionsupplydirect.com or by calling customer service at (562)361-5711.
Q: Why is my order on hold?
There are various reasons why your package may be on hold. If have questions regarding your order, please email our Customer Service Department at
CAcustomerservice@unionsupplydirect.com or you can call customer service at (562)361-5711.
Q: How do I get my credit for shortages and damages?
It is the responsibility of the offender to report any missing or damaged products to a CDCR employee at the time the package is received from R&R.  If the order is damaged or not correct, all discrepancies will be noted on the invoice provided and reported back to Union Supply Direct by the facility staff for correction. 
Any discrepancies reported by the third party purchaser of the package will not be accepted or honored, unless the claim is verified by the R&R department at the facility.
Once the offender has left receiving and release with the opened package, no discrepancies can be reported. Union Supply Direct is not responsible for any items ordered in error.
Q:  What happens if the package is refused at the correctional facility?
Should the package(s) be refused because of our error, we will correct the problem and reship the package to the inmate at no charge to you.  Should the package be refused for some other reason, we will provide a full refund to the person purchasing the order.  Shipping is not refundable.
Q: What if I do not know where my loved one is located?
  It is very important that you choose the correct facility in which your inmate resides or your package will get refused.  If you are not sure of the facility name, we have included a helpful link to the California Correctional Facilities website.  
Q: My inmate transferred – what will happen to my order?
Union Supply currently uses the CDCR’s Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) to help tracking of an offender anywhere, anytime throughout his or her life with CDCR. However, it is very important that you choose the correct facility in which your inmate resides or your package may get refused. 
If you are not sure of the facility name, we have included a helpful link to the California Correctional Facilities website:
Q:  What happens if someone else already placed an order for an inmate?
The facility regulations allow only one Quarterly package per quarter for inmates in Privilege Group A/B and one package per year for inmates in Privilege Group D.  Part of our service to you is verification that your selected inmate is eligible for a quarterly package.  Any order received after the first package has been shipping will not be processed.  There is no limit on the number of Special Purchase packages you can send.
Q:  How do I place an order?
  You can place your order directly from this website
     • To begin, please choose between a Quarterly Package or a Special Purchase package
     • You must then enter the inmate California Identification number (CDC#)
     • Pick the correct facility where the inmate resides
     • To ensure that your package gets to your inmate, be sure to pick the correct facility in which the inmate is located, gender and privilege group
     • Make product selections and then go to checkout
     • If payment is made by credit card, your order will be shipped within 48 hours
     • If you prefer to pay by check or money order, indicate that payment will be mailed and your order will be held and shipped as soon as payment is received
     • We also accept orders via phone, fax and mail
Q:  Do you offer dress out / parole packages?
Union Supply offers Apparel and Accessories for paroling inmates in the back of the California Quarterly Catalog. Orders must be submitted at least 45 days prior to the release date. Orders are shipped to the facility 2 weeks before the release date.
For questions regarding your Dress Out Package order, please contact us at
CAcustomerservice@unionsupplydirect.com or you can call customer service at (562)361-5711.
Q:  How do I know that items are acceptable at the facility?
We have taken the guess work out of shopping for you.  The only items presented on the shopping pages are already approved by the state and/or facility so you can shop with the assurance that everything we make available has been pre-approved.  Keep in mind that there are quantity limits on some items.  Item restrictions change daily and we do our best to keep these as current as possible.
Q:  How much will I be charged for shipping?
  Shipping is $7.95. Shipping fees are non-refundable.
Q:  What is the maximum allowable weight of a Quarterly Package?
  Per the State of California regulations, quarterly packages have a maximum weight limit of 30 pounds or 480 ounces, which includes packaging material.  If your order exceeds the 480 ounce weight limit a notification will appear on your shopping cart.  You must then remove items in order to meet the weight limit.
Q:  How do I calculate sales tax?
  No sales tax calculations are necessary.  Some of the products are subject to sales tax but we have made your shopping more convenient by including sales tax in the price of these items.
Q:  What if my order exceeds the weight limit or items are out of stock?
  Ordering from the website will automatically calculate the weight of your total order so you can be confident that you are not ordering more than can be accepted in any one package.  In the unlikely event that something is out of stock, your credit card will not be charged for that item or if you paid by check, you will receive a refund.  If you have placed your order by mail and we find that it exceeds the weight limit, we will remove items until your order meets the weight limit and we will refund the price of any items we were unable to include.
Q:  Do you make substitutions?
  Per California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation DOM 54030.9.1, back orders and substitutions shall not be permitted. In the event that an item is out of stock, a refund will be issued to the purchaser.
Q: Why are some of my favorite brands not available?
We carry a broad selection of products that meet the stringent guidelines of the California Department of Corrections.  Many of your favorite brands may not be considered appropriate for use inside a correctional facility or may not meet the strict packaging requirements.  Please let us know however if you have an item that you would like us to carry and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Q: Is there a toll-free number available to call?
Yes, you can contact customer service toll-free at (855)247-6098.