Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center in Florida
When an inmate is booked into the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center they are fully processed into the facility. Varied types of offenders are housed here for different lengths of time. The inmates can range from traffic violators to capital crimes. Even though this is a pre-trial facility the rules of contact are pretty much the same as for the rest of the Miami-Dade facilities.
If you are at all familiar with mail and phone contact rules, you will not find these rules a surprise. If you are, however, unfamiliar with the processes, please pay close attention to the rules because they are strictly enforced.
Mail is strictly regulated due to the need for assuring the safety of your inmate, staff, and the rest of the inmates in the facility. There are no exceptions to the rules so be sure you read and follow these closely or your inmate will not receive whatever mail you are trying to get to them.
You can write letters, send pictures, and send books, magazines, and newspapers, but it all has to be done just a particular way.
If you want to send books to your inmate, here are the guidelines.
- No hardback books
- No nudity or sexually oriented materials
- Must come from publisher or bookstore with their logo on the outside of the package
Magazines and newspapers are the same as books. They must come directly from the publisher or bookstore.
All mail must come through the United States Postal Service and follow detailed restrictions very carefully. Addresses must include your full return address; inmate address must have the inmate's full name, booking Number, cell location, and facility address.
You cannot put perfume, lipstick, stickers, any sticky substance, drawings, etc. on the outside of the envelope.
Some basic rules of mail will help you always be successful in reaching the inmate. Remember at Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center all mail is opened and inspected. You must follow all the mail guidelines or the mail will be returned to you. Below is a sample of the rules, but you should get a copy to look at to make sure you stick to the rules.
- Don't mail food, candy, clothes, etc. (only letters or allowed pictures)
- No pictures with sexual content or meaning
- No polaroid pictures at all
- No pictures bigger than an 8x10
- No paper inside bigger than 8x14 (That's just a little longer than a regular piece of notebook paper and the same width.)
- You cannot send money in the mail
- If you want to send money to the inmate you have to deposit using one of these methods to add money to their account.
- You can deposit money 24 hours a day using different methods. The Property Room only takes exact change with a photo ID. The rest all take cash, debit, & credit cards. The Internet link will also take a deposit by you filling in your checking account information. Personal checks are not accepted anywhere.
You can also use a prepaid method to add money to an Inmate Family Prepaid Program account through GTL, so your inmate can call you. If they don't have GTL money, they will have to call you collect.
You can reach GTL customer service here:
AdvancePay Service Dept.
Denver, Colorado 80291-1722
Phone 1-877-650-4249 or 1-866-230-7761
Customer Service Hours (Central Time)
Monday - Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you ever have a reason to block inmate calls. GTL can help you with that also.
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