21 October 2013

Frequently Asked Questions About Chelsea

1)  Is Chelsea still going through the indoctrination process?  No.  Chelsea has successfully completed her indoctrination process at the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB).  After completing her indoctrination, the facility placed Chelsea in general population.  Being held in general populations means that Chelsea does not have any special limitations or restrictions.  She is able to participate in all vocational and educational opportunities at the USDB and is able to receive visitors and correspondence. 

2)  Can I write to Chelsea?  Yes, you may write to Chelsea by addressing your letter to the following address:

Bradley E. Manning
1300 N. Warehouse Road
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027-2304

All mail received at the USDB will be inspected upon receipt.  You are permitted to send birthday cards and other holiday cards with your letter as well as a postal money order or cashier's check.  You are also permitted to mail unframed, suitable photographs not large than 5 x 7 inches.  Any mail that is considered detrimental to security, good order, discipline, or the correctional mission of the USDB will be rejected. 

3)  What items are prohibited by the USDB?  Do not send cash, jewelry, compact discs, electronics, or other items of value with your correspondence.  You are also not permitted to send newspapers, periodicals, magazines or books.  If you want to send a specific book or other reading material to Chelsea, you must do so by having those items sent directly from the publisher.  You may also not send anything that violates postal regulations or contains obscenity, blackmail, contraband or threats.  The USDB defines "obscenity" as  "writings or pictures that, taken as a whole under contemporary community standards, appeal to prurient interest in sex, are offensive because they depict sexual conduct in a patently offensive way and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value."  Any unauthorized materials included within correspondence will be returned to the sender at Chelsea's expense or will be destroyed.

4)  Can Chelsea write back to me?  Yes, she can.  Chelsea requests that you include your return address within your actual letter.  Doing so, will ensure that she does not misplace your address.  

5)  How can I visit Chelsea at the USDB?  Chelsea must submit your name in order for you to be approved to visit her.  The USDB will conduct a background check on all individuals listed by Chelsea.  You can become an authorized visitor only after her request is approved by the USDB.  Unlike when Chelsea was at Quantico, a visitor does not have to have a pre-existing relationship with Chelsea to be added to her visitor's list.  A visitation request may be denied based upon the USDB's custody and control concerns.   

6)  How do I know if I am approved visitor?  The USDB will send you a letter confirming your addition to the authorized visitors' list along with detailed visitors' rules.

7)  Is Chelsea allowed to call family and friends?  Yes.  As with visitors, Chelsea  must submit your name and phone number to the USDB in order for you to be on her approved call list.  If you are approved, Chelsea will be able to call you directly during her calling hours at the USDB.  The USDB allows Chelsea to make telephone calls during designated times on each day of the week.  Chelsea is required to pay for any calls that she makes to her family and friends.  Given the importance of being able to speak with family and friends, our office helps ensure that Chelsea has the necessary funds to make the calls that she desires. 

8)  Can news media interview Chelsea in person or by phone?  No.  Face-to-face and telephonic communications between inmates and news media (print and broadcast) are not authorized.  Chelsea is permitted to write to news media, but any such communication will be reviewed by the USDB prior to its release.

9)  I am a movie producer/publisher and I want to help tell Chelsea's story.  How can I do so?  You will need to write directly to Chelsea.  Our office will also pass on any such inquiries to Chelsea.

10)  How is Chelsea doing in confinement?  Chelsea is doing well in confinement.  She feels safe at the USDB, and is being treated well by the facility and other inmates. 

11)  Is there anything that I can do to help?  Yes, you can help ensure that Chelsea is not forgotten by getting involved with the Private Manning Support Network and by adding your name and photo to the Pardon Private Manning website.  If you wish, you can also donate directly to her by doing one of the following:

     a)  Sending a money order addressed to Bradley Manning.  Please do not send cash or a check.  You should use the address provided in question number 2 above.  Any funds received at the USDB will be deposited into an account that Chelsea can use to make phone calls, purchase stamps, and purchase other comfort items not provided by the USDB. 

     b)  Donating directly to Chelsea's legal fund to assist in ensuring that she receives proper medical treatment at the USDB, has counsel for any legal action related to her gender dysphoria, is able to pursue outside educational opportunities, and has legal representation at future parole and clemency actions.  You can send a check to our legal office at 11 South Angell Street, #317, Providence, Rhode Island, 02906.  On the memo line, please note "Chelsea Manning Defense."  Any excess funds in this account at the conclusion of our representation of Chelsea will be transferred to an account managed by Chelsea's family. 

     c)  Donating to the Private Manning Support Network.  You can make a donation through the Private Manning Support Network here.  Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave. #41, Oakland, CA  94610.  Please note "Chelsea Manning Defense" on the memo line.  A portion of this donation will go towards the legal defense effort.  The remainder will go towards public education and support activities.


  1. Can Pvt. Manning use funds from her personal account at the prison towards her legal fees, appeals & etc OR are those monies frozen inside the prison system? For legal fund assistance is it better to send funds to your firm vs send monies into the prison system/Mannings personal account?

    1. The money at the USDB can only be used by Chelsea to purchase items at the USDB, send mail, or make telephone calls. If you want to donate to her legal fund, I would recommend sending the money to our firm's trust fund account for Chelsea.

  2. Hello, I noticed there is no mention of sn appeal. Does that mean none is being pursued? I had hoped issues such as unlawful command interference and speedy trial denial would be taken up on sppeal.

    1. John,

      Chelsea's case will appealed once it is reviewed by the convening authority. I believe her case will be reviewed sometime in 2014.

  3. Thank you so much for your continued work on behalf of Chelsea Manning. John Penley USN 1972-1976.

  4. Does Chelsea have to buy things like toothpaste, t-shirts, socks, etc.. can she receive his as gifts, such as packaged foods, or anything like that. can an individual send gifts, or does it have to come from someplace like Amazon?

    1. Chelsea is provided basic toiletries and clothing by the facility. She is able to purchase additional comfort items from the USDB with her inmate fund.

      Although there is no limit to the number of letters that Chelsea may receive, there is a limitation on what can be included within any letter. You should not include any items within your envelope other than letters, postal money orders, and/or cashier's checks. There are two exceptions to this rule 1) Birthday cards and other holiday cards are authorized and 2) you are permitted to send unframed, suitable photographs not larger than 5x7 inches.

      As discussed in this posting, newspapers, magazines and other publications may be sent "only" through regular subscription channels.

  5. Thank you so much for providing so much information on how to help/support Chelsea in her struggle. I still consider her to be an Angel sent to us all. I hope she sees this.

  6. When writing to Chelsea, do I include my home address or a P.O. box? Thank you.

  7. Any tips on what books or other reading materials Chelsea would like? Fiction? Non-fiction? Poetry? I'd love to send something more than just a letter at some point so any preferences would be great to know. Thank you for everything you are doing.

  8. Would Chelsea like conversation style letters, talking about interesting things? I want to send her a fan letter, but I know some people get super bored and would like letters with anything anyone wants to write them about.


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