Polk County Central Jail Inmate Mail

Polk County Central Jail Inmate Mail

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

Inmate's First and Last Name
Polk County Central Jail
2390 Bob Phillips Road
Bartow, FL 33830

All mail sent to an inmate at the Polk County Central 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: 863-534-6153

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Polk County Central 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 Polk County Central Jail in Bartow, Florida.

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

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

Type of Mail Allowed for Polk County Central Jail

Postcards

The Polk County Central 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.

Envelopes

The Polk County Central Jail allows letters and plain, non-musical, non-glittered greeting cards to be sent to inmates in envelopes.

Address the envelope to:
Inmate’s first and last name and booking ID# (Click
here to locate booking ID#)

Polk County Central Jail
2390 Bob Phillips Road
Bartow, Florida  33830

Always include a complete return address in the upper left corner of the envelope. It must have your first and last name and complete mailing address.

To confirm that the Polk County Central Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 863-534-6153 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

You may not send newspapers to your inmate at this facility.

Magazines

Magazines that are sent directly from the publisher to the jail are allowed.  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

You can send soft-books  directly from the publisher or from a reputable online source such as Amazon.com.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Polk County Central 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 Polk County Central Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 863-534-6153.

You can bring used books and magazines to give the inmate, but they must be examined and approved by jail staff before the inmate will receive them.

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 863-534-6153 or click here or here to see if the Polk County Central Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Emailing an Inmate - Securus

Securus Technologies and Polk County Central Jail may allow family and friends to send messages to incarcerated individuals by using an app that works like email.

All messages (and attachments) must first be cleared by by jail staff after checking for pornographic or gang related content.

Because Polk County Central Jail contracts with Securus for their inmate phone service, they either already or may soon allow Securus eMessaging for their inmates.

Check to see if eMessaging is now available in your inmate's facility by clicking the emessaging image below:

 

It is recommended that you download the Securus app to use eMessaging. You can find it in your Google Play or Apple app store.

Things you can do with Securus eMessaging by buying 'Digital Stamps' from Securus:

- Send a text Message - Cost = 1 stamp

- Purchase a reply for your inmate - Cost = 1 stamp

- Attach up to 5 photos - Cost = 1 stamp each photo

- Share up to 5 eCards - Cost = 1 stamp each eCard

- Send just a photo with no text - Cost = 1 stamp

- Send a 30 second VideoGram - Cost = 3 stamps

 

Things your inmate can do using eMessaging:

- Reply to your eMessage if you attach a return stamp

- Receive transferred stamps you share with them (no cost to transfer)

- When available, they can purchase their own stamps from their Inmate Debit Account

 

How it works:

- You must have a Securus Account and be logged in

- Messages are sent and received from the Securus Website or your Securus Mobile App

- You must first purchase a book of stamps through Securus.

The cost of each stamp is subject to change and differs from facility to facility.

Once you select your inmate's name in the app, the stamp price will be shown.

 

*WARNING* Everything you write or any attachments that you send will be seen by authorities in your inmate's facility and will be stored on their servers indefinitely. 

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's First and Last Name
Polk County Central Jail
2390 Bob Phillips Road
Bartow, FL 33830

All mail sent to an inmate at the Polk County Central 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 863-534-6153 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.

Any correspondence that threatens the security or safety of inmates or jail staff. Certain threatening type correspondence could lead to your arrest.

Call 863-534-6153 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Polk County Central Jail

This jail does not allow inmates to receive or possess photos of any kind.

Call 863-534-6153 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.

Remember that any mail that threatens the jail’s security will be confiscated and could end in your being charged with a crime.

Click here to view contact information for the Polk County Central Jail.

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