Communicating with Inmates

Inmate Mail

Inmates may send and receive letters from outside the jail. All inmate mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. To send mail to an inmate, address the envelope to:

101 NE 4th Street
Washington, IN 47501

  1. The jail reserves the right to inspect all mail, incoming and outgoing. Mail considered as privileged correspondence will be inspected in the presence of the inmate. Privileged correspondence to or from: Attorneys, Courts, Government Officials
  2. All incoming and outgoing mail may be opened and inspected for contraband and prohibited property prior to the inmate receiving the mail or prior to the mail being sent from this facility. Exception: privileged correspondence shall be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate. Any article or mail item found to be in the violation may be placed in the inmate’s property or passed on to investigators for possible criminal action.
  3. Inmates may not be allowed to read or look at incoming mail that contains any prohibited items. These items will be returned to sender or may be placed into the inmate’s personal property. Prohibited items in incoming mail may include, but are not limited to: Polaroid photographs, photographs containing nudity and/or suggestive clothing, alcohol, drugs or gang indicators, material containing gang indicators, obscene photographs, obscene pictures, copies of obscene pictures/photographs, obscene graphics, photographs exceeding a 4 x 6 inch dimension, greeting cards with sound-making devices, greeting cards with glitter/glue, envelopes, stamps, copies from magazines, newspaper articles, copies of newspaper articles, internet pages, copies of internet pages, copies of books, stickers, glitter, glue, perfumed letters or letters with a foreign odor, legal discoveries not provided by the inmate’s attorney on record, boxes, parcels, packages, some commercial mail, lipstick on letters, games, copies of games out of a book, off of the internet or from a newspaper, and letters written in colored ink, colored pencil, marker, paint or crayon.
  4.  Incoming mail must be written in ink or pencil only. (No marker, colored pens, colored pencils, crayons or other writing material are accepted).
  5. All incoming mail without a return address will be placed in the inmate’s property. Incoming mail that does not contain a name in the return address may be “returned to sender.”
  6. All names and address information on incoming and outgoing mail must be legible.
  7. Mail is processed as soon as possible at this facility. Mail should be distributed daily. There will be no mail distributed on weekends or legal holidays.
  8. Money orders arriving in the mail will be deposited onto the inmate’s cash account with a copy of the transaction receipt being provided to the inmate. (Cash, personal checks, or traveler’s checks will not be accepted.) . Envelopes with colors, drawings or excessive writing may not be mailed out and may be placed in the inmate’s property.
  9. Packages: No packages of any kind will be accepted for the inmate unless preapproved by the Jail Administrator. All packages will be inspected for contraband.

Phone Accounts

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are through a pre-paid phone account. Inmate phone cards may be purchased by the public from the vending machine located in the lobby or purchased by the inmate through the jail’s commissary. Only phone cards purchased at the Sheriff’s Office will be accepted.

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