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Inmate Mail Regulations

Feb 13, 2018

Inmate Mail Regulations


General mailing address for all incarcerated Male and Female inmates send to:

Inmate Name, Booking Number

PO BOX 86164

Terminal Annex

Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

Mail for female inmates can also be sent to:

Inmate Name, Booking Number

Century Regional Detention Facility

11705 S. Alameda Street

Lynwood, CA 90262

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has strict inmate mail procedures for security and safety reasons. All inmates are advised of these regulations/guidelines via handouts, and/or posted information within Inmate Reception Center and Century Regional Detention Facility. They are directed to notify anyone that might send mail or parcels. Any mail or parcels that are received contrary to these guidelines will be returned "intact" to the sender. Many of the items that are not allowed, are readily available through the jail stores.

Your cooperation when corresponding with an inmate will be greatly appreciated.

All envelopes and paper must be free of debris and/or any illegal substances, perfume/cologne, lip stick, or dried liquids.

Your mail or parcel will be returned for the following reason(s):

* Food or cosmetic items (lipstick, perfume, unknown stains)

* Blank envelopes (with or without postage attached), blank paper, (stationery)

* Envelopes with metal clasps

* Postage stamps that were not used to mail package

* Envelopes with gang or suggestive drawings

* No artwork In crayon, marker, or colored pencils.

* Copyright material (this includes printed song lyrics; book passages; articles)

* Cash, personal or second party checks, payroll checks, out of state checks

* Money order exceeding the $200 limit

* Blank money orders (money orders must be signed and made payable to the inmate)

* Out of state money orders (must be from a US Postal Office)

* Greeting cards: that plays music; plastic; blank; tri fold; larger than 6"x 9"; pop up style; 3D style; includes ribbons and/or bows; have been altered. Postcards larger than 6"x 9"

* Photographs or pictures that depict full or partial nudity; suggestive; depict gang tattoos or hand gestures

* Picture inside a picture photographs (a picture that has a smaller photo within the picture)

* Photographs of headshots

* Identification cards or facsimiles

* Photographs that depict inmate for whom the mail is intended

* Paper clips, staples, pens, pencils, glitter, stickers, glued or gummed labels

* Rosary beads, balloons, string bracelets or jewelry items

* Lottery tickets or pre-paid telephone cards

* Cellophane tape or any type of tape on letters

With respect to photographs and computer generated pictures, the following WILL be accepted:

* No polaroid photographs, no collages

* Photographs or computer generated pictures must be a minimum of 3"x 5" and a maximum of 4"x 6" in size

* OTHER: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has the right to return any item(s) that are deemed potentially harmful and/or possibly cause security concerns within the jail environment.

With respect to books, publications or periodicals, we will NOT accept:

* Anything NOT sent directly from a bookstore or a publisher

* Anything of an explicit sexual or violent nature or drug/gang related

* More than three (3) books per week

* More than three (3) magazines per week

* No hardcover books

* Audio, CDs or Cassette tape

Any questions, contact the Mail Room Supervisor at (213) 893-5874.

Rev 2/2018

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