While each facility can have their own rules, these are some general guidelines to keep in mind when mailing anything to someone who is incarcerated. If you are uncertain if your mail will be accepted, you should call the facility and ask them about size, page length, content, etc. to make sure it will get to the recipient.

Postcards 

  • Should be written in BLUE or BLACK INK ONLY.
  • Postcards may have color restrictions and cannot be altered in any way except for the written message and address on the appropriate side.

Unacceptable postcards

  • No defaced or altered postcards.
  • No plastic or wrappings on postcard.
  • No postcards marked with paint, crayons or marker.
  • No postcards with labels or stickers.
  • No postcards with watermarks or stains.
  • No postcards with any biohazards, including perfumes or lipstick.
  • No postcards depicting nudity, weapons or gang references.
  • Postcards should not have affixed stamps.

Letters

  • Should be written in preferable BLUE or BLACK INK.
  • Unpriviledged (non legal) letters of any length.

At some facilities, mail will be scanned into the system for incarcerated individuals to view on various kiosks and tablets. If you are sending pictures and would like them returned you must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. A return name and address must appear on the envelope. Failure to follow proper procedure will result in the mail being returned to the sender. Keep in mind that prison/jail staff will open all mail.

Photographs

  • Photographs must be 4” X 6” or smaller, larger photos will not be accepted. Poloroids are not accepted.
  • The inmate’s name and SO number must be written on the back of each photograph.  Nothing else is to be written on the photographs.  
  • Photographs must be unaltered and may not contain any adhesives, such as stickers or labels.
  • Photographs must not depict sexual activity, visibly expose the breast, pubic area or buttocks, contain gang signs or codes or promote or show illegal activity.  Note:  some jail/prison dress codes apply to photographs so too much exposed skin in a photo may prevent it from being received.

Non-Local Newspapers, Magazines, and Books

  • Magazines/non-local newspaper subscriptions and books will be accepted as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher or authorized retailer, not including EBAY or Amazon independent sellers. 
  • Hardbound books (including pamphlets and booklets) will likely not be accepted. Softcover books are accepted.
  • All packages received for inmates by US mail or UPS containing books, newspapers, or magazines must be PRE-PAID. They must have a packing slip or receipt stating what is in the package. Any packages that do not have these slips or contain contraband items will be returned at the sender’s expense. 
  • Books and magazines must not exceed 8 – 11 inches in size, four pounds in weight, and must not exceed a quantity of four books and/or magazines in one shipment. These specifics may vary by location. Check with the facility before sending large or heavy packages.

HOW TO ADDRESS MAIL CORRECTLY 

Address for Inmate Mail:

Inmate Name, ID Number

Jail or Prison Name

Street Address

City, State Zip Code