Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the San Diego County Jail - Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility in California
The Sheriff's Department of San Diego County recognizes the upmost importance of keeping familial bonds and maintaining friendships. This applies to anyone in the corrections system. They also recognizes that many mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters are currently serving stints in Las Colinas, and contact between the inmates and their loved ones is absolutely encouraged. As understanding and possibly sympathetic as they are, they are also involved in the field of maintaining law and order. There is a series of guidelines to adhere to in order to keep in touch with a loved one during a period of forced separation.
E-mail contact with an inmate is possible to an extent in any San Diego County jail or detention facility. An inmate does not have access to a computer, let alone the Internet, but you can send an e-mail message to an inmate while they're away. An inmate has no e-mail address, per se, but you can look up an inmate online using the Inmate Search link at this location. Once you go through the procedure to find the inmate's profile, it has a link to send an e-mail to him or her. Please be aware that any return correspondence will be conducted through the Postal Service if the inmate so chooses to write back. So if you don't hear from your loved one for a certain period of time, don't freak out.
There are guidelines on how to successfully e-mail an inmate. First of all, privacy is not guaranteed, so be careful about what you write in an e-mail. Please, no letters about starting a riot or harming anybody. You have the right to be angry or upset, but please be rational. You may send up to two e-mail messages a day, but the e-mails can only be up to one page long. Attachments, such as photographs and documents, are not allowed in the e-mail. When prompted to give a return address, be sure to give your home address or any other address you want to use in regards to correspondence with an inmate.
Of course, you can also write to an inmate the old-fashioned way; with pen and postcard, and a stamp. You can send inmates a postcard, given they follow the criteria of the San Diego County Central Jail. For a complete list of guidelines, visit this site so you will know exactly what to do when it comes to sending regular mail to an inmate. It also gives you guidelines if you want to send books and such to a current inmate. Be sure to use the following heading when sending a postcard to an inmate:
Name of Inmate, Booking Number
Las Colinas Detention Facility
9000 Cottonwood Ave.
Santee, CA 92071
Inmates also have limited but relatively lenient telephone privileges throughout the day once they are booked. It may be a women's facility, but just because women love talking on the phone doesn't mean they can all the time if they are in custody. Visit here for more information about telephone privileges and guidelines. The telephone number for the Las Colinas Detention Center is (619) 258-3176.
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