Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility Inmate Mail

Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility Inmate Mail

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:

Inmate's First and Last Name and booking ID #
c/o Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility
17695 Industrial Farm Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93308

All mail sent to an inmate at the Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.

Main Phone: 661-391-7900

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility Inmate Mail Policies,
  • Mail Instructions,
  • What type of mail is NOT allowed,
  • Rules for Mailing Letters and Photos and Postcards
  • Emailing an inmate,
  • Policies for Sending Magazines, Newspapers, Books and Packages to Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility in Bakersfield, California.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.

The Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

Type of Mail Allowed for Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility

Postcards

The Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.

Envelopes

The Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.

To confirm that the Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility still allows letters in envelopes call 661-391-7900 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.

Magazines

News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.

Books

Most jails allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility standards will be disposed of.

Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.

To confirm that the Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 661-391-7900.

Care packages

Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.

When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.

Call 661-391-7900 or click here or here to see if the Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Exchanging Emails with an Inmate in Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility

Since Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility contracts with GTL ConnectNetwork, they either already or will soon provide you and your inmate the ability to use their Messaging Service to send and receive electronic messages.

Depending on the facility, inmates can either view messages from you by:

Viewing it on a device at the jail,

Viewing it on a Kiosk in their unit,

Print it out, and/or

Respond electronically.

 

How do I pay for the GTL Inmate Messaging Service at Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility?

GTL lets you pay for inmate messaging services:

- Online,

- Over the Phone,

- Using a Kiosk at Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility,

- By US Mail, and

- Depositing Funds at Designated Retail Stores.

 

How much does it cost to send and receive messages?

Rates to send messages vary and are subject to change.

The typical cost is $1.00 per message, plus $1.00 per photo and $3.00 per 30 second video.

 

How does GTL Inmate Messaging work?

Step 1

Confirm the current GTL Message service options at Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility.

Step 2

Sign in or create an account to make a deposit.

Step 3

Add your phone number(s), information and Facility(ies)

Step 4

Fund Account

Step 5

Send and receive messages 24/7

Step 6 (optional - additional fee)

Attach a photo and/or video to your messages (where available) using the iOS or Android mobile app.

Get the iOS app

Get the Android app

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's First and Last Name and booking ID #
c/o Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility
17695 Industrial Farm Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93308

All mail sent to an inmate at the Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility must include the senders name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and discarded.

To confirm the mailing address and/or any new policies regarding inmate mail call 661-391-7900 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

If your inmate is mailed anything other than a letter, postcard or greeting card it won't get through.

However as stated above, because of the increased smuggling of drugs, more and more jails are only allowing pre-stamped or metered, solid color or white postcards to be received by inmates.

Examples of prohibited items include:

Stamps and stickers.

Musical greeting cards.

Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered.

Paper with any type of stains such as grease.

News clippings.

Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.

Call 661-391-7900 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility

Photos should not exceed 4 inches high x 6 inches wide.

Send no more than five photos at one time.

Polaroid Photos are prohibited.

Photos of weapons are prohibited.

Photos of drugs, the consuming of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.

Photos of lewd behavior or people exhibiting too much skin is prohibited.

Call 661-391-7900 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.

Important Mail Tips

Mail is always scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.

Assume that everything you write will be read by jail staff and can and will be used against you or your inmate in court.  

Never write anything about the inmate's court case you wouldn't want read aloud in court.

Mail is considered by the jail to be a privilege. Any violations of the mail policies can result in the inmate's mail privileges being suspended.

The introduction of contraband by you into the jail through the mail could result in criminal charges being filed against both you and the inmate.

Click here to view contact information for the Kern County Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility.

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