Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the Collin County Jail in Texas.
When you head to the mailbox to send out a letter or postcard, you generally walk away pretty confident that your mail will reach its destination. There are no such guarantees when the mail you are sending is to an inmate in the Collin County jail system, or any other jail in the United States for that matter.
As is the case with every jail, there is a belief that an inmate has a better chance of adapting to life behind bars if they are allowed contact with family and friends. That of course doesn’t mean that they are free to do and say as they please in such communications, but as long as everyone abides by the rules, the jail system is quite happy to allow this type of contact.
Communication by mail may very well be dying out in civilian life, but it is very much alive and well in the jail world. It is still the easiest and most effective way to send a message of love, hope, and encouragement to a friend or family member who has been incarcerated.
While there tends to be no restriction on how many letters you can send, there are some definite rules about what can and can’t be placed in the envelope. There is also a limit to the things that can be said in the letter, which is why each and every piece of mail that enters the jail is subject to inspection.
Here is how it works at Collin County Jail:
- All mail must go through the jail postmaster; no exceptions. You must use your complete return address.
- Post the full name of the inmate, as well as their cell and pod location on the envelope.
- Jail address: Collin County Detention Facility 4300 Community Ave. McKinney, Texas 75071
A Guide to Mail Items
There is very little information regarding the content of the mail to inmates. Anything listed here is basically an assumption based on the rules and regulations found in other jails across the country.
While many jails have different rules about the way things are run, what is and isn’t allowed in mail seems to be pretty consistent across the board.
Here are the types of things that are generally prohibited:
- Inflammatory content
- Blatantly sexual messages
- Scented materials or signs of other substances inserted
- Hate mail
- Photos of a lewd or lascivious nature
As nice as it would be to chat to your loved on every day, access to the telephone is simply not that readily available. You have zero chance of getting to talk to an inmate if you try to call, and the only way they can get in touch with you is via collect calls.
It should be noted that these calls can run upwards of $15 per time, which makes mail seem all the more appealing.
If you wish to stop collect calls coming in, you can request to have them stopped at any time.
Face to face, albeit through Plexiglas, is perhaps the best way to visit, but you will be limited to the time you get to visit.
Visitation sessions are limited to 20 minutes per visit and you are required to call ahead and schedule an appointment before showing up at the jail.
It’s also important that you know which cell and pod the inmate is located in at the Collin County Jail, as visitation times are based on that.
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