Seminole County Jail uses a secure messaging service call Smart Communications so that inmates can communicate electronically with friends and family members on the outside.
SmartMail allows inmates to communicate safely and quickly with family and friends outside of the jail, prison or detention center. Inmates send and receive electronic letters using a safe and secure computer kiosk or tablet stationed in their institution. THE COST IS JUST $0.50 CENTS; cheaper than a postage stamp and envelope.
More information on how to send and receive messages and photos with an inmate.
Staff at the Seminole County Jail has increasingly been finding letters that are being mailed to inmates being dipped into illegal drugs in liquid form. Because of this crime they may be eliminating all direct mail from families and friends and moving to a system where all personal mail (not legal) is sent to a third party who will either provide photocopies of your letters or will forward them in a digital form to be read by inmates on terminals in their unit.
Instructions on this service are listed below, or will be outlined in detail when this new policy takes affect. If you have any questions, call the Seminole County Jail at 407-665-1200.
Mail Policies regarding letters, postcards, greeting cards, digital mail, newspapers, magazines and books are listed below. Scroll down for instructions. Failure to adhere to them will result in your inmate and you losing certain privileges.
Seminole County Jail Physical Address
211 Eslinger Way
Sanford, FL 32773
Seminole County Jail Mailing Address
You can mail an inmate funds, but only in the form of a money order accompanied by a Money Order Deposit Form to:
Secure Deposits - Seminole County
PO Box 12486
St. Louis, Missouri 63132
The following will not be accepted:
Social security income checks, foreign drafts, personal or business checks.
Type of Mail Allowed for Seminole County Jail
Magazines and subscriptions can be sent as long as they come directly from the publisher or an online vendor such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. 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.
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.
Emailing an Inmate with Secure Messaging
Seminole County Jail allows Secure Messaging using a third-party service call Access Corrections.
They are the same company that facilitate Secure Deposits and Securepaks, so if you are already registered with them, then you are already approved to send Secure Messages to your inmate.
After Registering/Logging In:
1. You choose Seminole County Jail.
2. You Search for your inmate by typing in his last name. You can further narrow your search by adding his first name and/or Inmate ID.
3. You add a credit or debit card.
4. You buy a message plan (plans and prices vary), or buy credits. One credit costs $0.01.
5. You select the option for your inmate to be able use the credits which you purchase, to message back to you... Or not.
6. Seminole County Jail charges a fee for each message sent or received.
Important Things to Know
- Access Corrections has an iphone app and an android app for using their services.
- ALL of your correspondence will be monitored by the jail.
- Do NOT write anything you wouldn’t want repeated in court.
- Rates vary and are always subject to change.
- Inmates can write you back ONLY if you select that option.
- You CAN send photos up to 32MB in file size. Subject to change.
- You CAN have unlimited credits on your account but are limited in the amount of each credit purchase.
- You may NOT type or send emoticons.
- You may NOT copy and paste text. Type directly.
- You may NOT type profanities, violence or characters not approved.
- Due to messages having to be reviewed first, allow up to five days for a message to be delivered.
- You may NOT transfer credits to another email.
How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope
Inmate's First and Last Name
Inmate’s Name - Booking Number (ID Number)
PO Box 1907
Pinellas Park, FL 33780
All mail sent to an inmate at the Seminole 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.
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:
Greeting cards larger than 5 inches by 7 inches.
Stamps and stickers.
Musical greeting cards.
Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered.
Paper with any type of stains such as grease.
Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.
Call 407-665-1200 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.
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.
If the staff feels that something you mail to an inmate promotes escape or the commission of a crime, it will be passed to authorities for investigation.
Click here to view contact information for the Seminole County Jail.
To schedule a visit and meet with an inmate in Seminole County, either at-the-jail or remotely by video, follow these instructions:
For all the information you need to schedule and visit with a Seminole County Jail inmate, including how it works, how much it costs, visitation using a rented tablet, how often and when you can visit and more, check out our Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: Your visits will be monitored, recorded and stored. You may want to refrain from discussing your inmate's court case as anything discussed can be used against them in court.
Seminole County Jail uses a service called allpaid for paying an inmate's Bail Bond online for an inmate.
Register with them online or call them at 877-392-2455 for assistance.
For full information on paying an inmate's bond and getting them released after they have been arrested in Seminole County, check out our Inmate Bail Page.
If you want to deposit money online for an inmate in Seminole County you call also use allpaid.
Register with them online or call them at 888-604-7888 for depositing inmate commissary money assistance 24 hours a day.
For full information about depositing money for an inmate, deposit limits and helpful instructions, visit our Send Money to an Inmate page for Seminole County.
To communicate by text or email with an Seminole County inmate, follow these instructions:
For all the information you need to send and receive secure messages in the form of text or email with a Seminole County Jail inmate, including how it works, how much it costs, renting your inmate a tablet, how often you can communicate and more, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: Your messages will be monitored and stored. You may want to refrain from discussing your inmate's court case.
To send a secure email message to an inmate in Seminole County Jail follow these steps:
To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Seminole County do the following:
1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.
2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.
To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Seminole County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.
To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Seminole County Jail follow these steps:
To send commissary money to an inmate in Seminole County Jail follow these steps: