Alachua County Jail Inmate Mail

Alachua County Jail Inmate Mail

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

Inmate's First and Last Name
Alachua County Jail
3333 NE 39th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609

All mail sent to an inmate at the Alachua County Jail 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: 352-491-4444

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Alachua County Jail 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 Alachua County Jail in Gainesville, Florida.

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

The Alachua County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

Type of Mail Allowed for Alachua County Jail

Postcards

The Alachua County Jail 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.

  1. Postcard size-minimum: 3 ½" by 4 ¼ " but no larger than 4 ¼" by 6"
  2. Pre-stamped
  3. Must include the inmate's full name
  4. Must include a complete return address

Envelopes

The Alachua County Jail does not allow regular postcards or envelopes to be mailed to inmates, except when it is legal mail.

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 Alachua County Jail 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 Alachua County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 352-491-4444.

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 352-491-4444 or click here or here to see if the Alachua County Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Exchanging Emails with an Inmate in Alachua County Jail

Since Alachua County Jail 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 Alachua County Jail?

GTL lets you pay for inmate messaging services:

- Online,

- Over the Phone,

- Using a Kiosk at Alachua County Jail,

- 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 Alachua County Jail.

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
Alachua County Jail
3333 NE 39th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609

All mail sent to an inmate at the Alachua County Jail 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 352-491-4444 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Any incoming or outgoing mail containing the following will be turned over to authorities.

It contains threats of physical harm against persons or threats of criminal activity.

It threatens blackmail or extortion.

It contains plans to escape.

It contains plans for activities in violation of institutional rules.

It is in code.

It contains information which, if communicated, would create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm to some person.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Alachua County Jail

Inmates at this facility are not allowed to receive photos by mail.

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 Alachua County Jail.

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