Federal & State Prisons

U.S. Prisoners are housed in one of three systems: Federal, State, or County.

Federal prisons most often house people who have been convicted of federal or interstate crimes; crimes committed on the high seas, crimes committed against banks, federally insured credit unions or post offices and crimes committed against a federal officer, such as an FBI agent. State prisons generally house people who have been convicted of crimes requiring sentences that last a period of several years or more. County jails are usually run by local law enforcement and house pretrial detainees who are awaiting trial, or people serving a short sentence (usually two years or less).

(The United States government also maintains the world’s largest immigration detention system. Immigration Detention Facility Locator.)

Federal Prisons

Federal inmates are easy to locate. The Federal database includes all federal inmates from 1982 to present, and provides the inmate’s age, race, release date, and current location.

Information for Federal Inmates

BOP – Bureau of Prisons

Federal Inmate Locator

Inmate Locator

List of Facilities

Locations

State Prisons

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System

Alabama DOC

Correspondence Rules

See Inmate Handbooks

Sending Mail

See Inmate Handbooks

Email

See Inmate Handbooks

Sending $

Send Money to an Inmate

Phone System

CenturyLink

Approved Vendors

Inmate Incentive Packages

Visitation

See Inmate Handbooks

Inmate Search

Search for Inmates

List of Facilities

ADOC Facility Addresses

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Male Handbook
Female Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

All requests for information about the Department of Corrections, including questions concerning individual inmates, should be directed to Constituent Services Constituent.  [email protected]

System

Alaska DOC

Correspondence Rules

See list of facilities for rules about individual facilities.

Sending Mail

See list of facilities for rules about individual facilities.

Email

See list of facilities for rules about individual facilities.

Sending $

See list of facilities for rules about individual facilities.

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Search

List of Facilities

Institutions

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

Presbyterian Hospitality House

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Arizona DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

See Handbook, page 14

Email

No

Sending $

See Handbook

Phone System

Inmate Visitation/Phone Application

CenturyLink

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Visitation/Phone Application

Inmate Search

Inmates Datasearch

List of Facilities

Prisons

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Constituent Services Informational Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Contact Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Inmate Information Connection

Visitation and telephone applications take up to 60 days to process. You may contact the Family and Friends Liaison by email [email protected] or telephone (602) 364-3945 or in-state toll-free (866) 333-2039.

System

Arkansas – ADC

Correspondence Rules

How to Address Correspondence

Inmate’s name and ADC number
Name of unit P.O. Box or street address
City, state and zip code

Sending Mail

What can be sent by mail

All books, magazines, newspapers and catalogs must be mailed directly from the publisher, bookstore, educational institution, or recognized commercial or charitable outlet. No food or care packages may be mailed into an inmate. All incoming and outgoing inmate mail may be read, except for privileged correspondence with the inmate’s attorney; federal, state, and local court officials; any administrator of the Department of Correction, Board of Correction; and the media. If properly marked as privileged, the correspondence will be opened in front of the inmate and only inspected for contraband.

Email

Access Corrections

Sending $

Money

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visitation

Inmate Search

Inmate Population Information Search

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

Friends and Family Guide

Inmate Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

ReEntry Handbook

Notes

Inmate Information

System

California – CDCR

Correspondence Rules

Correspondents may send prisoners letters (not more than 10 pages in one envelope), cards (without embellishments such as stickers or glitter), photographs (limited to 10 per envelope and not larger than 8” x 10”), drawings, children’s schoolwork, articles cut from newspapers or magazines, etc. Correspondents may not send the following directly to a prisoner: books, magazines, newspapers, or packages; such matters must be sent through approved vendors and the prisoner can advise his/her family and friends about that procedure. All mail should be addressed to the prisoner with his/her full name, his/her CDCR number, his/her housing, and the address of the prison.

CA inmates can receive stamps and/or stamped envelopes included with letters (limits vary from one to two books, so check with the inmate if you’d like to do that).

Sending Mail

Sending Mail (includes visitation guidelines)

Email

There is no email service for CA inmates.

Sending $

Sending Money to an Inmate

Phone System

See Inmate Visiting Guidelines

CDCR Inmate Phone System

Approved Vendors

Inmate Package Vendors

Visitation

Visitation Information

Inmate Visiting Guidelines (Includes Mail and Phone Calls)

Juvenile Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS)

Inmate Search

Inmate Locator

List of Facilities

Facility Locator Map

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Contact an Omsbudsman

Public Information Officers

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Adult Parole Operations

Notes

FAQs for Adult Inmates

System

Colorado – CDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

To send mail to an offender please ensure that your envelope includes the following information:

  • Offender Name – Please use the offender’s commitment name. Offenders may receive mail that identifies them by a legally changed name IF the offender’s commitment name is listed first followed by the legally changed name.
  • Offender Number
  • Facility – You can locate an offender through our offender locator
  • Facility mailing address – These can be found on our facilities page
  • Return address OR Jpay letter ID for offender e-mail

Email

E-mail allows a person to send an electronic message to an offender housed in one of our facilities. The e-mail system uses JPay. To send an e-mail to an inmate please visit JPay to create an account. Before you can send an e-mail you will need the inmate’s DOC number. PLEASE NOTE at this time, offenders may only respond to e-mails via regular U.S. Mail.

Sending $

Send Money to an Offender

Phone System

Colorado Inmate Phone System ( CIPS ) is the phone system used in Colorado correctional facilities. To set up an account to receive collect calls from an offender, you must set up an account online at Offender Connect or by phone at 1-800-913-6097. Rates:

Collect Calls

In-state: $0.12/minute
Out of state: $0.12/minute

V-Connect/Advance Pay Collect Calls

In-state: $0.12/minute
Out of state: $0.12/minute
International: $0.50/minute

Debit Calls

In-state: $0.12/minute
Out of state: $0.12/minute
International: $0.50/minute

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting an Offender

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Address and Phone Number Information

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Public Information Officer
Colorado Department of Corrections
2862 South Circle Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Adult Parole Headquarters

Administration Office
940 Broadway
Denver CO 80203
P: 303/763-2420
Office Hours: 8:00 to 5pm

Notes

 

System

Connecticut – CDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Inmate Trust Funds

Phone System

Securus

Approved Vendors

Commissary Order Form

Visitation

General Visiting Information

Inmate Search

Offender Information Search

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

Family and Friends Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System

Delaware – DDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Mail should be limited to letters, cards, written correspondence, non-Polaroid pictures, and money orders.

Do NOT mail offenders packages, pornography, cash, stamps, tobacco, or illegal substances.

Email

Sending $

Offender Deposit

Phone System

No PHONE CALLS by the public can be made to an offender. Offenders are permitted to make calls following the policy of the institution in which the offender is located.  In order to establish a pre-paid phone account, please contact GTL at 1-866-230-7761 or, starting August 1, 2014, on-line at GTL. Establish a pre-paid phone account for an offender.

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visit an Offender

Inmate Search

Find an Offender

List of Facilities

Bureau of Prisons

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Florida – FDC

Correspondence Rules

Note that Florida inmates are allowed to receive stamps, and self-addressed, stamped envelopes (this is not allowed in many facilities).

Sending Mail

FAQ Writing an Inmate

Email

Sending $

FAQ Regarding Inmate Funds

Phone System

FAQ Regarding Calling an Inmate

Approved Vendors

Visitation

FAQ Regarding Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Information Search

List of Facilities

Facility Directory

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

FAQ about Inmates

System

Georgia – GDC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Send Money / View Receipts

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visitation FAQs English Spanish

Inmate Search

Find an Offender

List of Facilities

Facility Search

Family Handbook

Information for Family and Friends

Inmate Handbook

GDC Inmate Handbook

A Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Hawaii DPS Corrections Division

Correspondence Rules

You have to be added by the inmate to be on the correspondence list. For information on how to correspond with an inmate, please view our policies and procedures here.

Every facility has different procedures for visiting, contacting, and sending money to inmates. Please go to these various links below for proper instructions.

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Search

List of Facilities

Hawaii Community Correction Center

Kauai Community Correctional Center

Maui Community Correctional Center

Oahu Community Correctional Center

Halawa Correctional Facility

Waiawa Correctional Facility

Women’s Community Correctional Center

Saguaro Correctional Center (Arizona)

Prisons – The department oversees the following four prisons: Halawa Correctional FacilityWaiawa Correctional Facility, Kulani Correctional Facility and the Women’s Community Correctional Center. All four of these prisons are located on the island of Oahu.

One facility houses Hawaii inmates on the mainland:

Saguaro Correctional Center

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Idaho – IDOC

Correspondence Rules

Offenders may receive letters (no packages) and photos (no Polaroids or nudity) from family/friends. Personal letters will be opened and searched for contraband; unacceptable items will be returned to the sender or given to proper authorities. Offenders with funds must purchase envelopes and postage from commissary; no stamps or stationery will be accepted. Offenders may send out packages (i.e. hobby crafts, excess property or contraband) at their own expense. Offenders without funds (indigent) will be provided stationery and postage for one personal letter per week. The facility resource center staff or designee will handle all incoming or outgoing legal mail.

Sending Mail

Mail Guidelines

Email

Sending $

**PLEASE NOTE – AS OF JULY 1, 2016 THE PROCESS FOR SENDING MONEY TO OFFENDERS CHANGES. Go to www.accesscorrections.com to learn the new method for sending money to inmates. For complete, printable details see the Deposit and Payment Services FAQ

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Locations

Family Handbook

Visiting Rules for Offenders and Visitors [PDF]

Visiting Hours – Each facility has its own scheduled hours for visiting.

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Illinois – IDOC

Correspondence Rules

The IDOC website does not show rules for correspondence, so for your first letter use plain white paper (lined is okay) and envelope, no glue, tape, or stickers on the letter or envelope other than postage stamps. Ask your adoptee what the correspondence rules are for his/her facility. No labels/stickers/tape/whiteout.

Sending Mail

Inmates can receive correspondence, legal mail and publications, which are reviewed to determine whether they are obscene or constitute a danger to safety and security. The institutional Publication Review Committee reviews all publications that are not on the approved list, and will disapprove materials that do not meet criteria. Inmates can receive publications, including books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers and catalogs in accordance with department regulations. Inmates can receive publications from a vendor, friend or family. There is no limit through the mail. Publications brought to the facility shall be limited to 5 per visit.

Guidelines need to be followed for envelopes and packages.

  • Envelopes that are padded with clear bubble wrap will be accepted. Envelopes that have this type of padding can be easily scanned.
  • Envelopes padded with gray diamond dust and corrugated cardboard boxes mailed from family and friends will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender without being opened.

Email

Visit the department’s Community Resources webpage and access the Electronic Messaging Services Link for more information.

Sending $

Inmates may receive money via Global Tel*Link, JPAY, Western Union or money order. See FAQs for further detail.

Phone System

Securus is the only service provider used by the Illinois Department of Corrections for inmate telephone services. See FAQs for further detail.

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visitation Rules & Information

Inmate Search

Inmate Search

List of Facilities

All Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

Hospitality House of Vienna

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

 

System

Indiana – IDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Mail and Packages

Email

Sending $

Money Order

Phone System

Offender Phone System

Approved Vendors

iCare Gifts

Visitation

Visitation

Video Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Indiana Parole Board

Notes

 

System

Iowa – IDOC

Correspondence Rules

Send handwritten letters via USPS to the address above, be sure to include the ID#. When sending cards the envelope and inside of card must include the sender’s first and last name. If a greeting card is signed on the inside with only a first name it will be refused and returned to sender.

Sending Mail

Email

Omail

Sending $

Offender Banking Policy

Phone System

Offender Telephone Service

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Information

List of Facilities

Family Handbook

Family and Friends

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

3 locations

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Kansas – KDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Inmate Mail

Email

Inmate Electronic Messaging

Sending $

Inmate Banking Information

Phone System

Inmate Telephone – Overview

Inmate Telephone Customer Service Information

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Population Search

List of Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

 

System

Kentucky – KDOC

Correspondence Rules

Notice of Unauthorized Mail

Sending Mail

Inmate Correspondence

Email

Sending $

JPay.com

MoneyGram at locations including CVS and Walmart (receive code 1232).

Phone System

Inmate Access to Telephones

Approved Vendors

Inmate Packages

Visitation

See List of Facilities

Inmate Search

Kentucky Offender Search

List of Facilities

Institutions & Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Inmate Rules and Discipline

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Louisiana – LDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Communicate with Offenders

Email

Communicate with Offenders

Sending $

Sending Money

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

See Frequently Asked Questions

Inmate Search

VINELINK.COM

List of Facilities

At present, there are more than 36,000 offenders serving time for state felonies.  Louisiana simply doesn’t have the capacity to house all of these offenders in state correctional facilities.  Capacity at state facilities is just under 19,000. Therefore, the state relies upon parish and private facilities throughout Louisiana to house and care for offenders. The state reimburses these entities for housing offenders.

Choose a Facility

Local Facility

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

 

System

Main – MDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Money Deposit Service

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Search

Main Adult Prisoner / Probationer Search Service

List of Facilities

Adult Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Maryland – DPSCS

Correspondence Rules

No cards.

Sending Mail

See Facility Locator for instructions at each facility

Email

Sending $

Lockbox FAQ

Phone System

See Facility Locator for instructions at each facility

Approved Vendors

Visitation

See Facility Locator for instructions at each facility

Inmate Search

Inmate Locator

List of Facilities

Correctional Facility Locator

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

Magdalene Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Massachusetts – MDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Inmate fund deposits (Canteen)

Phone System

Global Tel Link (GTL)/Inmate Telephone Services
–  (English doc format of Global_Tel_Link_Calling_Rates.doc  &  Spanish  doc format of Global_Tel_Link_Calling_Rates_sp.doc )

Advance Pay – Implementation of Debit Calling
English Notice pdf format of debit_calling.pdf  & – Spanish Notice pdf format of debit_calling_sp.pdf

Approved Vendors

Visitation

State Correctional Facilities Visitation Policies

Inmate Search

Find an Offender

List of Facilities

DOC Facilities

Family Handbook

Family and Friends of Inmates

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

DOC Policies

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Reentry & Reintegration

 

System

Michigan – MDOC

Criminal Defense Attorneys

Barone Defense Firm

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Mail – Sending Mail to a Prisoner

Email

Electronic Messages – Sending to Prisoners

Sending $

Money – Sending Money to a Prisoner

Phone System

Telephone Calls with Prisoners

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting a Prisoner

Inmate Search

Offender Information Tracking System (OTIS)

List of Facilities

Prison Directory

Family Handbook

Family Information Packet

Inmate Handbook

Orientation for Prisoners

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Minnesota – MDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Send Mail

Email

Visit JPay to create an account and send letters electronically.

Sending $

Send Money

Phone System

See Family & Friends Handbook

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

Family & Friends Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Mississippi – MDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Inmate Mail

Email

Sending $

How to Send Funds

Phone System

Inmate Telephone

Approved Vendors

Commissary Information

Visitation

Visitation

Inmate Search

Inmate Search

List of Facilities

Facility Locations

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Missouri – MDOC

Correspondence Rules

Family and friends of offenders incarcerated within the Missouri Department of Corrections are required to send pictures and personal correspondence in separate mailings. Any envelope received, which contains both pictures and personal correspondence, will be returned to the sender. (See Family Handbook page 16 for more about mail rules.)

Sending Mail

Email

Money Transfer & Secure Email

Sending $

Money Transfer & Secure Email

Phone System

Offender Phone Services

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting Hours by Institution

Visitor Application

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Facility Locator

Family & Friends Resources

Family and Friends Institutional Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Offender Rulebook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Guide to Understanding Probation & Parole

Notes

 

System

Montana DOC

Correspondence Rules

See Sending Mail

Sending Mail

Mail

Email

Sending $

Inmate Financial Transactions

Phone System

Inmate Phone Calls

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting Programs and Facilities

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Adult Prison System

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

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System

Nebraska DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Mail, Phone, Visiting & Property Policies

Email

Access Secure Deposits & Messaging

Sending $

Access Secure Deposits & Messaging

Phone System

Mail, Phone, Visiting & Property Policies

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Mail, Phone, Visiting & Property Policies

Inmate Search

Inmate Information Locator

List of Facilities

Correctional Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Rights, Responsibilities & Services

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Media Access, Research & Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

System

Nevada – NDOC

Correspondence Rules

Allowed enclosures (see page 6):
  • Maximum of ten photos, not to exceed 8″ x 10″ each.
  • Cards: No musical or electronic greeting cards, one card per envelope, no larger than 8″ x 10″.
  • One article per envelope from newspaper or magazine, or printout from website, not to exceed ten pages (excluding letter).
See complete document: NV DOC Mail Guidelines PDF

Sending Mail

NV DOC Mail Guidelines PDF

Email

  • Send electronic messages at any time, day or night, for a small fee.
  • Electronic Messages are one-way only – from family/friend to the inmate. Inmates cannot send a response via email.
  • Go to https://www.accesscorrections.com and set up a free account.
  • Your electronic SecureMail messages will be printed in the mailroom at the inmate’s facility and distributed during regular mail call. The incoming email may also be downloaded if the inmate has an approved MP3 player.
  • If you have questions about how to use the Access Corrections service for Electronic Mail, please call 1-866-345-1884.
  • Access Mail Service Rates

Sending $

Inmate Banking Services

Phone System

Inmate Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting Information

Inmate Search

Inmate Search

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Family and Friends of Prison Inmates (FFPI)
FFPI is a fellowship of persons who have friend(s) or family member(s) that are incarcerated in a state, county, or federal facility. The group is for the benefit of the family or friend to help them deal with the emotional upset of having a family member or friend in prison.

Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons, Inc. (FFIP)
FFIP is designed to provide support to friends and family of those incarcerated. The group’s contact information is as follows:

P. O. Box 27708
Las Vegas, NV 89126
(702) 870-5577
[email protected]

System

New Hampshire – NHDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Sending mail to an inmate- Mail Policy Microsoft Word symbol Inmates may receive mail. Letters can be up to ten (10) pages in length. Inmates can receive up to two (2) packages from an NHDOC authorized vendors during the holiday season as part of an arrangement with approved vendors. The inmate will be apprised of who those vendors are at the appropriate time. Throughout the calendar year books or magazine subscriptions can be sent directly from recognized mail order companies or publishers. The receipt must be included within the package or it will be returned to the sender. The number of items allowed in the inmate’s housing unit is based on which unit the inmate resides in. Certain items are not permitted to enter correctional facilities. All other offender purchases must be made by the inmate from the facility’s canteen. Outside purchases of similar items are prohibited.

Email

E-mailing an inmate – Inmate Email policy Microsoft Word symbol Inmates can receive e-mail through a contracted vendor. The inmate’s e-mail address must be obtained directly from the inmate. Inmates do not have access to the Internet.

Sending $

Inmates can receive money in the mail in the form of a personal check or money order only. The Department does not accept electronic money transfers. You cannot send an inmate cash in the mail. The check or money order must be made payable to the Inmate’s name and identification number. Your name and complete return address should be written legibly on both the envelope and on the money order/check. If the check or money order is not legible it will be returned to sender. The check or money order will be deposited into the inmate’s account. An inmate’s account can have up to $1,000 in it. There will be a 30 day hold on personal checks.

Phone System

Phoning an inmate- Phone Policy Microsoft Word symbolTelephone calls are a privilege. Inmates can call you collect. The recipient will be charged a connection fee as well as a per-minute fee. The proceeds benefit the inmate recreation fund. Inmates can have up to twenty (20) individuals on their calling list. Inmates can establish pre-paid accounts or debit accounts but cannot have pre-paid calling cards or cellphones in their property. To be removed from an inmate’s calling list please contact the institution.

To establish a Pre-paid account call 1-888-506-8407

To establish a Debit account please call 1-888-888-8413

Frequently Asked Questions about the Inmate Phones

Any questions pertaining to pertaining to billing for inmate phone services provided by I-C-S must be referred to 1-888-506-8407

Approved Vendors

Order and buy authorized property items for inmates. Certain property items can be purchased outside of the facility canteens. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections Recreation Offices work with Union Supply Direct to buy items such as shoes, clothing, electronics, and other allowable items. You may also purchase pre-approved food items for C-2 and C-3 inmates once a year through Union Supply Direct during the Summer Incentive-Based Package Program. Family and friends can order property and summer packages online at www.NHinmatepackage.com. Additionally, you may order by phone toll free at (877) 765-7012 or mail your order form to Dept.#605, P.O. Box 309, Groveport, OH 43125-0309.

Visitation

Visiting an inmate – Visiting Policy Microsoft Word symbol Visiting policy memorandum from Commissioner William WrennMicrosoft Word symbol

Visiting is a privilege. Inmates are authorized two visits weekly between Sunday and Saturday. Visits from attorneys, clergy, or other “official” visitors are not counted against this quota. All visitors must be approved by New Hampshire Department of Corrections staff. Inmates will be authorized an unlimited number of family members on their visiting lists. All visitors will undergo a criminal background check prior to approval.

Inmates must request that a prospective visitor be placed on his/her list. All visitors must fill out a visitor’s application and send it directly to the inmate.

Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an approved adult family member or other legal guardian on the inmate’s visiting list.

Inmates must provide the visitor’s full name, address, phone number, date of birth, and identifying number (driver’s license, military ID, non-driver ID). The inmate must certify that no court or parole board has ordered the inmate to refrain from contact with the prospective visitor. This process takes approximately 3 weeks.

The application for an individual visitor can be obtained on page 18 of the above visiting policy.

The application for an “official” visitor can be found on pages 16-17 of the above listed policy.

The Department enforces a dress code for visitors.

Inmates in the Reception & Diagnostic (R&D) Unit get one visit per week after they are medically cleared and until such time as they receive a permanent housing assignment. Visiting hours are available by clicking on the links below.

Northern NH Correctional Facility, Berlin
State Prison for Men, Concord
New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women, Goffstown

Inmate Search

Inmate Locator

List of Facilities

Locations

Family Handbook

See also: Inmate Communications

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

You may call the Office of Public Information at (603) 271-5602 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time.

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System

New Jersey DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Inmates have the ability to correspond via email using the kiosks on their respective units, ask your adoptee for more informaiton.

Sending $

Fund Offender Accounts

Phone System

Inmate Telephone System Information

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Video Visitation Program

Inmate Search

Offender Search Form

List of Facilities

NJDOC Facilities

Family Handbook

Understanding NJDOC Prison System

Inmate Handbook

Understanding NJDOC Prison System

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

New Mexico – NMDC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Funds sent to an inmate must be in the form of a certified check or money order. The certified check or money order should indicate the inmate’s name and their five (5) digit Corrections number. The sender of the money must be on the inmates approved visitor list for the inmate to receive the money. All monies received in proper form are deposited into the inmates account. The inmate will be advised of this deposit through a receipt.

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmates must request to have your name placed on their visiting list. A visiting application will be sent to you for completion. The questionnaire is to be filled out completely and accurately. When the application is returned, it will be reviewed for an approval or denial in accordance with visiting guidelines. Your name will be added to the visiting list once it has been approved.

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Adult Prisons

Family Handbook

Family Guidebook

Family Constituent Services

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

The Visitor Hospitality House is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekends and holidays at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. 575-527-4046.

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Probation & Parole

Notes

Resources for Families and Offenders

 

System

New York – DOCCS

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Phone System

Telephone Calls

Approved Vendors

Packages

Visitation

Visitation Rules, Regulations, Policies & Procedures

See also Family Handbook

Inmate Search

Inmate Population Information Search

List of Facilities

Facility Listing

Family Handbook

DOCCS Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Program Services

Hospitality Houses

Visitor Hospitality Centers

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

New York State Parole Handbook

Notes

 

System

North Carolina – NC Public Safety

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

See Family Handbook

Email

Sending $

Send Money to an Inmate

Phone System

Inmate Telephone System

Approved Vendors

NC Inmate Packages

Visitation

Inmate Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Prison Facilities

Family Handbook

Handbook for Family and Friends of Inmates

Inmate Handbook

Inmate Rulebook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

System

North Dakota – DOCR

Correspondence Rules

We encourage correspondence between you and the inmate. Your complete name and address must be written in the return address area. Mail is opened and inspected for contraband.  No candy, gum, stamps, small trinkets, or jewelry should be mailed with the correspondence. No personal photographs of unclothed individuals are allowed and will be returned to the sender.

Sending Mail

Email

Email an Inmate

Sending $

Sending Money to an Inmate

Phone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Adult Corrections: ND State Penitentiary» Dakota Women’s CRC» James River CC» Missouri River CC

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Parole and Probation Services

Notes

System

Ohio – ODRC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Inmate Email

Email

Sending $

Inmate Funds

Phone System

Phone Services

Approved Vendors

Inmates may order and receive food and sundry packages from vendors approved by the Director or designee.  Keefe Group/Access SecurepakUnion Supply Direct, and Walkenhorsts are approved vendors authorized to provide food and sundry packages to inmates housed in Ohio prisons.

Visitation

Visiting Information

Inmate Search

Inmate Search

List of Facilities

ORDC Institutions

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

ODRC Parole

Ohio Reentry Resource Center

Notes

 

System

Oklahoma – DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

See Guide for Families

Email

Sending $

You may send offenders funds through JPay online at www.jpay.com, you can download a mobile app from the DOC website, by phone at (800) 574-5729, by mail using a money order and deposit slip, or in person at any MoneyGram locations found at every Wal-Mart using receiver code 6365. You may send offenders funds through Access online at www.inmatedeposits.com, by phone at (866) 345-1884, by sending a money order with a deposit coupon, or at any Ace Cash Express locations. Much more information about sending funds to offenders is available on the DOC website.

Phone System

Due to offenders only being allowed to make collect calls, family members and friends of offenders can set up a prepaid account through GTL. The number to call is: 1-877-650-4249.

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Inquiry

List of Facilities

State

Private

Halfway Houses

Family Handbook

Guide for Families

Inmate Handbook

Offender Orientation Manual

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

Oregon DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Sending Mail to an Inmate

Email

Introducing SecureMail and SecurePhoto

Sending $

Inmate Trust Account

Phone System

Information on the Telephone System, MP3 Players and Supporting Features

Inmate Telephone System FAQs

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting Adults in Custody

Video Interactive Phone Calls – Pilot Program

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Oregon Prisons

Family Handbook

Families and Friends of Adults in Custody

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

DOC Frequently Asked Questions

 

System

Pennsylvania DOC

Correspondence Rules

There is a ban on greeting cards that arrive in a colored envelope, use white envelopes only.

Sending Mail

Email

How to Email an Inmate

Sending $

Inmate Accounts

Phone System

Telephones

Approved Vendors

Commissary Listings

Visitation

Visiting

Inmate Search

Inmate Locator

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

See Also Inmate Related Information

System

Rhode Island DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Mail FAQ

Email

Sending $

Money FAQ

Phone System

Telephone FAQ

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visits

Inmate Search

Inmate Search

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

For Inmates’ Friends, Families, and Visitors

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

Bridge Haven

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Media & Community Relations

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Probation & Parole

Notes

 

System

South Carolina – SDCD

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Sending Mail to an Inmate

Email

Sending Electronic Messages to an Inmate

Sending $

Sending Money to an Inmate

Phone System

Telephone Calls

Approved Vendors

Inmate Package Program

Visitation

Visitation

Inmate Search

Incarcerated Inmate Search

List of Facilities

Institutions

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

South Dakota DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Inmate Mail

Email

Sending $

Inmate Finances

Phone System

Inmate Telephone Access

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Locator

List of Facilities

Adult Facilities

Juvenile Corrections

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Inmate Living Guide

Hospitality Houses

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Board of Pardons and Parole

Notes

Frequent Questions

 

System

Tennessee DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Offender Trust Fund Account

Phone System

Offender Phone Account

Approved Vendors

Visitation

State Prison Visitation

Inmate Search

Felony Offender Information

List of Facilities

State Prison List

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

 

System

TDCJ – Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Correspondence Rules

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

You can write to Texas inmates two ways, either with regular USPS mail using the facility address (see TDCJ Unit Directory), or with Jpay (see link below). Inmates can only respond via USPS.

All mail (paper mail and Jpay mail) is scanned for contraband before delivery. Stamps and blank stationary are not allowed inside envelopes.

Email

Jpay

Create an account on Jpay using the inmate’s state and ID#. Purchase “stamps,” compose and send your message. Cost of stamps varies from state to state, Texas stamps are 47 cents, and messages cost one stamp per page to send. You can also attach images and ecards for one stamp each (note that images and cards are printed in black and white only). Messages are printed and delivered to inmates M-F during regular mail call times. Inmates cannot email out. Contact us to find out how to to save 65% on Jpay stamps.

Sending $

Jpay

eCommDirect

Phone System

Offender Telephone System Information

Texas Prison Phone (direct link)

Approved Vendors

eCommDirect / eCommDirect FAQ

Families and friends can order through this vendor to send packages directly to an inmate. The full amount goes towards the order and no percentage is applied to money owed for restitution or medical. Packages are usually delivered to the inmate in 48 hours.

Visitation

Offender Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Information Search

List of Facilities

Unit Directory

Family Handbook

General Information Guide for Families of Offenders

Inmate Handbook

Offender Orientation Handbook

Hospitality Houses

Huntsville

All Texas Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

The Texas Observer

Inmate Newspaper

The Echo

Probation/Parole

Notes

System

Utah – UDC

Correspondence Rules

• UT DOC will forward mail if an inmate moves to a different facility. • Inmates are allowed a maximum of 25 photos at one time in their property. Not Allowed: • Stickers • Polaroid photos • Inmates cannot possess photos of or including themselves • Multi-layer greeting cards • Letters or art made with marker, crayon, or watercolor • Pages marked with a highlighter

Sending Mail

How do I … ?

Email

Sending $

Inmate Accounting

How do I … ?

Phone System

How do I … ?

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting

How do I … ?

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Central Utah Facility

Utah State Prison

Family Handbook

Orientation

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Utah Board of Pardons and Parole

Notes

 

System

Vermont DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Jpay Information

Sending $

Inmate Trust Account

Access Corrections

Phone System

Information for Family and Friends

Approved Vendors

Access Corrections

Visitation

Facility Visitation Rules

Inmate Search

JailTracker

List of Facilities

Vermont Correction Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Probation and Parole Offices

Notes

 

System

Virginia DOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Inmate Mail

Email

Sending $

Offender Account Information

Phone System

Offender Telephone System

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visitation Information

Video Visitation Information

Inmate Search

Offender Locator

List of Facilities

Facilities

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Washington State DOC

Policies

Family and Visitors

Mail

• Mail

Publications

Email

• Send Email

Sending $

• Send Money

Phone System

Phone Calls

Approved Vendors

Available Jpay Services for WA DOC Inmates

Music & Media

Packages

• VideoGrams

Visitation

• Visiting

• Video Visitation

Inmate Search

• Inmate Search

Prison Locations

• Location Directory

Family Support

• Support Systems and Resources

• Family Services Guide (English)

• Guía de Servicios para la Familia (Spanish)

Hospitality Houses

• Matthew House

VINE

• Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

• Alerts & Notices

Probation/Parole

• Post Prison Education

Notes

 

System

West Virginia Division of Corrections

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

Family and friends of WV Division of Corrections inmates may now deposit money to inmate trust fund accounts by the following methods:

  • Phone: Call 888.988.4768 and use Site ID 179.
  • Web: Visit ConnectNetwork.com online.
  • App: Use the ConnectNetwork app for iOS or Android devices.

Phone System

The WV Division of Corrections has contracted with CenturyLink to provide calling and account billing services to inmates. For more information, please review the West Virginia Division of Corrections page on the CenturyLink Public Communications Portal.

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Facility Locator

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

Alderson Hospitality House

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Community Resource Locator

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Parole Services

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

 

System

Wisconsin DOC

Correspondence Rules

Each institution has different rules and procedures for sending an inmate mail.

Sending Mail

Contact the specific institution  for more information.

Email

Sending $

How do I send an inmate money?

Phone System

How do I talk to an inmate via telephone?

Approved Vendors

How do I order hobby and/or personal property items for an inmate?

Visitation

Visitation Process

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Find a Facility

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Inmate Information

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

 

System

Wyoming – WDOC

Correspondence Rules

Sending Mail

Email

Sending $

How to send in money

Phone System

Three Ways to Purchase Prepaid Phone Services

Approved Vendors

Visitation

Visiting Guidelines

Inmate Search

Offender Search

List of Facilities

Division of Prisons Institutions

Family Handbook

Inmate Handbook

Hospitality Houses

VINE

Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) / Vine FAQ

Public Information

Public Information

Inmate Newspaper

Probation/Parole

Notes