Written correspondence can be an important and inexpensive way to maintain a close relationship with someone who is incarcerated. Inmates may purchase pre-stamped envelopes from the Jail commissary and send as many letters as they desire. Those without sufficient funds are provided with two pre-stamped envelopes each week as part of the indigent package (available upon request). You may deposit funds directly to an inmate’s account via TouchPay at the kiosks located in the Jail Lobbies, online at www.touchpaydirect.com or toll-free phone at 866-232-1899. Refer to Money & Property for additional information.
All mail entering and leaving the Jail is opened and searched for contraband and the writing will be scanned for security issues. The only exception will be legal mail between an inmate and the inmate’s attorney (or any member of the State Bar), correspondence from State and Federal Courts, legal service organizations (ACLU, Prison Law Offices, California Appellate Project), Office of the Sheriff, Internal Affairs, and the Bureau Commander or Watch Commander; or “confidential” mail to or from any holder of public office, Foreign Consular Officials, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), Probation, Parole, physicians, religious advisors, Vote-by-Mail Ballots, and County agencies regarding child custody proceedings.
Official mail sent directly from local, state or government offices will be inspected for authenticity prior to delivery to inmates (e.g., Social Security, DMV, Veteran’s Affairs, Child Support Services, Unemployment, Welfare, Health and Human Services, Probation, Parole, Registrar of Voters, etc.).
When addressing correspondence to someone in Jail, you will need to address the envelope in the following manner:Inmate’s Name, Booking Number/Jail Identification Number
Incoming mail must include the inmate’s Booking and Jail Identification (also referred to as "JID" or Person ID) numbers. These numbers MUST be included on the front of all envelopes or your mail will be returned. Ensure that all letters sent are addressed to the inmate’s name as it appears on their wristband. If you do not have the Booking JID numbers of the inmate to whom you are writing, you may look them up on the Sheriff’s website using the feature titled "Inmate Locator."
Mail is picked up from the Post Office, opened, searched and delivered as soon as possible. However, mail is not available for pick up or processing on weekends or holidays and there may be some delay in delivering mail due to the necessary time to process it properly.
Mail received for inmates who have been temporarily transferred to other facilities (e.g., 90-day observations) will be returned to the sender as undeliverable. The Jail does not have the ability to hold, store or transfer mail.
Acceptable items are limited to:
Any mail (including magazines, books and articles) that has the following characteristics will be considered contraband and the entire envelope and its contents will be returned to the sender:
Magazines, newspapers and paperback books are accepted if mailed directly from a publisher, book club or bookstore. Packages containing anything other than books are prohibited (e.g., maps, calendars, etc.). Be sure to provide the inmate’s Booking and JID numbers to the publisher/bookstore. Hardbound books will NOT be accepted, unless the book is unavailable in softbound edition. If the inmate wishes to receive the book, the hardbound cover will be removed; if not, the book will be returned. If a publication contains an article considered to be objectionable and/or a threat to facility security, the publication will not be delivered and will either be returned to the publisher or placed into the inmate’s property.
To see if someone is in custody, check the Inmate Information Center, or you may call 1-888-373-7011.
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