Sedgwick County Detention Facility Emailing An Inmate

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Sedgwick County Detention Facility

Address:
141 West Elm
Wichita, KS 67203

Phone:

316-660-5245

Sedgwick County Detention Facility - Emailing and Texting an Inmate

Sedgwick County Detention Facility uses Securus eMessaging for Inmate Email.




Register here. (You are already registered if you signed up with Securus for 'Phone' or 'Remote Visitation').

Steps: 
1.  Sign up for eMessaging
2. Find your inmate.
3. Purchase a book of Securus ‘stamps’.
4. Type & Send message.

Things you CAN do:
1.  You CAN ONLY send messages from the Securus website, or with the Securus app. (links below).
2. You CAN transfer ‘stamps’ to your inmate.
3. You CAN deposit money to your inmate, and they can purchase ‘stamps’ on their end.
4. Each time you send a message, you CAN pay for them to reply.
5. You CAN send photos. (Jail staff will review for appropriateness) 

Things you CANNOT do:
1.  You CANNOT use your own personal email to send messages.
2. You CANNOT send any message or photo that would normally be rejected by regular mail.

Other Things:
1.  Photos must be .jpg, .jpeg or .png.
2. eMessages and photos must meet the jail’s standards for regular mail.
3. If your eMessage or Photo is rejected you will be notified of the reason, but you will NOT get a refund.

What is the cost of sending inmate messages?

  • Send a text Message - 1 stamp
  • Purchase a reply for your inmate - 1 stamp
  • Attach up to 5 photos - 1 stamp each photo
  • Share up to 5 eCards - 1 stamp each eCard
  • Send just a photo with no text - 1 stamp
  • Send a 30 second VideoGram - 3 stamps

What can your inmate do with digital 'stamps'?

  • 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


Contact Information and Help:
eMessaging FAQ  
eMessaging Signup & Helpful Information  
Online Customer Service Support 
Phone Support: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591
iphone app
Android app

Mailing Check payments
Securus Correctional Billing Services
PO Box 650757
Dallas, Texas 75265-075

Messaging and Email with an inmate at Sedgwick County Detention Facility

Using Jail ATM Digital Messaging with an Inmate at Sedgwick County Detention Facility - Sending and Receiving Messages.



How It Works:

Once you sign up with Jail ATM instant Messaging you can you can send texts from the cell phone associated with the mobile number you provided at sign-up, and receive text messages from the inmate on the same cell phone. You can only use the phone number you signed up with or it won't work.

Viewing Texts and Sending Replies:

Each text message sent to the inmate is converted to an email prior to delivery. The resident will view your text message just like he or she would view an email (for instance, on a kiosk within the housing unit); however, the resident will be alerted that the message came in as a text. The resident’s reply is converted back to a text message after sending, and delivered to your cell phone. Everything you send and receive will be viewed by the Sedgwick County Detention Facility first.

Emails:

After you sign up for the SMS Texting Program, all of the inmate's emails and other electronic messages are delivered to your cell phone as a text message – you will no longer receive emails from the resident. You can still send an email to the resident after you sign up for the SMS Texting Program. However, the resident’s reply comes back to you as a text message. You can access your messaging account on the JailATM website to see a full record of all electronic messages sent and received.

Cost:

Once you sign up, the fees will be outlined and are subject to change, however Sedgwick County Detention Facility typically charges $1.00 per text message sent and received.

Can inmates send and receive texts and emails?

Almost all jails and prisons have adopted a messaging system which allows inmates to communicate with their friends and family using an electronic messaging system. It’s neither email nor text, it’s something in between.

The inmate and their contacts do not use their regular email accounts or phone numbers, but account numbers that are set up with the company providing the service.
All communication goes through them. Think of them as a middleman.

Once a contact of the inmate is approved, like the approval process a visitor goes through, an account is set up, using a credit or debit card to fund the account. 

To start, the inmate’s contact can send a message that has a limit of so many characters, usually about one page of text. 

The message is then reviewed by a computer that scans the message for certain keywords or phrases that are not allowed, almost like a censoring service. If the machine scanner finds problems with the message it sends the message to the Sedgwick County Detention Facility staff to review, and if they find no issues, will then forward it to the inmate’s account so that they can read it.

If there are problems with the message, it is possible the message will not be sent. The sender will be notified of the decision and will not get a refund.

Once the inmate receives the message, should the account holder have funded the account allowing replies, the inmate can respond with a similar length message.

How much does it cost for an inmate to use a text or email service?

The cost to use the electronic messaging service, which is like texting or emailing, costs between $0.50 and $1.00 per page; a page being about 500 characters.

Can inmates send and receive photos through their messaging system?

Photos can be sent by the inmate’s contact that is not incarcerated, but not by the inmate due to security concerns. There is an extra cost, usually about $0.50 for each photo attached. 

The photos must go through a security screening where nudity, violence and other things are checked before the photo can be delivered. If the photo is rejected, the sender will be notified, but no refund will be given.

The inmate does not have the ability to print out the photos that make it past the screening, but the photos will stay in their account so that they can view them at their leisure. 

Can I send an inmate a link to a video to watch?

No.  Because this is a closed system, the inmate has no access to the internet, thus the inmate will have no access to any links that you send them.

Can I send the inmate a video?

Yes, just as you can send text and photos, you can send a video message, or if not a message, then a video of your children or yourself. Every company has a limit on the length of the video, usually no more than one minute, and at a cost of approximately $2.00 to $3.00 per video.

The video will first be screened for any nudity, excessive vulgarity, violence, etc. If it is rejected on any of the grounds the sender will not be given a refund.

As with the policy of photos, the inmate cannot reciprocate. They cannot send videos of themselves or anything in jail.

What device does an inmate use for texting and emailing?

The jails that contract with the electronic messaging service is given a certain number of kiosks within each unit for inmate use. Inmates can log on as they might with a public computer terminal. 

In addition to the public terminal kiosks, inmates are given (or can rent) access to individual tablets like a bulky, almost indestructible ipad. These allow an inmate to use them to access your messages, photos and videos in a more private manner. 

Should the inmate damage the tablet, they will be responsible for replacing it. The money will be deducted from their commissary account.

What is the inmate text and email system in Sedgwick County Detention Facility?

The electronic messaging system used by Sedgwick County Detention Facility, if there is one, can be found at the top of this page. If there is no information about the ability to text or email with an inmate, it is possible that the facility has recently changed companies or does not have this service available. Call 316-660-5245 to confirm.

What are the companies that provide inmate electronic messaging services?

This is a list of all the companies in the United States that work with jails and prisons, providing text and email messaging between inmates and their friends and families:

Access Corrections
CIDNET
City Tele Coin
Correct Pay
Corrlinks
Ctel
Edevo
Express Account
Gettingout
GTL
Homewav
IC Solutions
Inmate Canteen
Inmate Sales
JailATM
J Pay
NCIC
Paytel
Pigeonly
Prodigy Sales
Reliance
Securus
Smart Communications
TBE
Visitel

How do I fund the inmate’s messaging system?

You fund the messaging service with credit and debit cards. All of them take Visa and MasterCard, most also take Discover, and just some take America Express.

How often can an inmate text and email?

There is no limit to the amount of texting and email that an inmate can have with their family and friends.

Can inmates’ text any time of the day or night?

If an inmate has their own tablet, then they can text any time of the day or night, however if the must use the wall mounted kiosk terminal in their unit, they are limited to using it only during the hours they are allowed off their bunks; usually 7:00AM to 10:00PM, excluding meals, head counts and shift changes.

Can inmates email other inmates in other jails or prisons?

No, inmates are not allowed to communicate with each other, nor with inmates in other institutions. There is always a way to get around it, for example if one of the inmates has access to a phone with an internet connection, but this would be the only way.

Sedgwick County Bail Bond Information

Because Sedgwick County and Kansas can change their bail bond procedures, it is always best to call either the Sedgwick County Detention Facility at 316-660-5245, or the court in the jurisdiction (i.e. Municipal Court, District Court, etc.) where the offender was charged, and do this right after an arrestee has been booked. 

Ask the staff at the Sedgwick County Detention Facility or the Sedgwick County Court Clerk these specific questions:

  1. Is the defendant eligible for bail or a bond?
  2. How much will the bail or bond be, and what are the additional fees?
  3. Where do I go to pay it?
  4. Are there any days or times of the day or night when I cannot post bail?
  5. What types of payment are allowed? Cash? Money order? Credit card? What types of credit cards? Property or other collateral? Surety bonds?
  6. Do I have to use a bail or bond agent?

If you feel the bail is too high and you wish to get it reduced, contact a lawyer or the defendant's public defender and get them to look into what they can do to get a bail reduction. The sooner you get working on this the quicker you will get your loved one released. 

This entire process will go smoother and faster with a criminal attorney or bail agent handling it for you.


 

How to Email an Inmate at Sedgwick County Detention Facility

Using Jail ATM Digital Messaging with an Inmate at Sedgwick County Detention Facility - Sending and Receiving Messages.



How It Works:

Once you sign up with Jail ATM instant Messaging you can you can send texts from the cell phone associated with the mobile number you provided at sign-up, and receive text messages from the inmate on the same cell phone. You can only use the phone number you signed up with or it won't work.

To learn more about this email service, check out our full instructions, including fees at our emailing and texting page.


 

How to Send a Text or Email Message to an Inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility

To send a text or email message to a Sedgwick County inmate, do the following:

Sedgwick County Detention Facility uses Securus eMessaging for Inmate Email.

Register here. (You are already registered if you signed up with Securus for 'Phone' or 'Remote Visitation' in Sedgwick County or any jail or prison in the country).
Steps: 
1.  Sign up for eMessaging
2. Find your Sedgwick County inmate.
3. Purchase a book of Securus ‘stamps’.
4. Type & Send message.

For all Sedgwick County information for sending secure messages to an inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility, including instructions, video examples, fees, limits, tablet rentals and more, check out out Text/Email an Inmate Page.


 

Postcards
The Sedgwick County Detention 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 Sedgwick County Detention Facility also allows regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well.

Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
C/O Securus Digital Mail Center - Sedgwick County
PO BOX 1194
Lebanon, MO 65536


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
The Sedgwick County Detention Facility allows books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. 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 Sedgwick County Detention Facility standards will be disposed of. No more than three books may be shipped at any one time.
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.


All mail, newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Inmate's Full Name & Inmate ID#
Sedgwick County Detention
141 W. Elm
Wichita KS 67203


 

How to Rent a Tablet for an Inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility

To rent a tablet for an inmate in Sedgwick County follow these instructions:

  • Register here.  It is recommended you use Chrome or Firefox.
  • Pay for the subscription using Paypal.
  • You get charged the 1st of each month. 
  • You get charged a full month even if it's only used for a partial month.
  • No activation or early termination fees.
  • Your Sedgwick County inmate will recieve their tablet in 3-5 business days, after you pay.


If you have any questions:

For all Sedgwick County information on Tablet Rentals for your inmate, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Sedgwick County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility follow these steps:

  • Go to JailATM, choose Kansas, then choose Sedgwick County Detention Facility
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Sedgwick County Detention Facility, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Sedgwick County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Sedgwick County.


 

How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select Sedgwick County Detention Facility, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Sedgwick County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Sedgwick County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Sedgwick County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Kansas, then choose Sedgwick County Detention Facility
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Sedgwick County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Sedgwick County Detention Facility, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Sedgwick County.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Sedgwick County Detention Facility

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Sedgwick 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 Sedgwick 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.


 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I send an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility email?
Yes. Sedgwick County Detention Facility uses the services of Securus eMessaging that facilitates sending email to your inmate, and from your inmate to you. You cannot use your personal account though. You have to first register with Securus eMessaging and send the email through their website. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

Are my email messages to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility private?
No. When you send an email to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility using a third-party service called Securus eMessaging, your message is first screened by their filters to make sure the message is appropriate and follows their rules and guidelines. It is then forwarded to the jail staff who also review the message, similar to how they review regular mail to an inmate. After that it is forwarded to your inmate. But be careful what you write, as all messages become permanent property of the jail and any indiscrete information can and will be used by the prosecutor trying your inmate's criminal case. Learn more about emailing an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

How do I communicate with an inmate at the Sedgwick County Detention Facility using email?
To communicate by email with an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, a free Securus online account is required. After registering, sign up for eMessaging, find your inmate, purchase a book of ‘stamps’ and then type your message. Securus 'stamps' are used to purchase messages and send photos, eCards and video greetings. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

Can I send an email or text to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility for free?
No. In order to send an email or text to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, what they refer to as Securus eMessaging, you need to first purchase a book of digital 'stamps' from their website. The cost of each stamp is subject to change, but in general, they are $1.00 or less, and the cost to send a message, either from you to your inmate or from your inmate to you, is one 'stamp'. You can also use a 'stamp' to send photos. Video messages usually cost about three 'stamps'. Learn more about the cost to text/email an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

How can my inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility reply to an email I send them?
After you send an email to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility using Securus eMessaging, you are given an option for your inmate to use one of the digital 'stamps' you purchased, for them to reply to your email. If you choose, you can transfer some of your 'stamps' to them so that they can send you and/or others emails as well. In addition, if you fund their account, they can purchase their own stamps. Learn more about how and inmate can email you and others in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

If my email to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility is not approved, do I get a refund?
No, just like as if you send a regular letter to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility that is rejected, and the post office does not give you a refund, Securus eMessaging will not give refunds for rejected email messages, photos or videos. Learn more about what is acceptable when emailing an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

What type of attachments can I email an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility?
When emailing an inmate an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility using Securus eMessaging, you can send text, photos and videos. Videos can be up to 30 seconds in length and cost 3 'stamps'. You can also send eGreeting Cards for the same price as a text email. Text, photos and cards all cost one 'stamp'. Learn more about sending attachments to an inmate by texting or emailing in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

What type of emailing is allowed to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility?
Using Securus eMessaging for emailing an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, you CAN do the following: (1)You CAN ONLY send messages from the Securus website, or with the Securus app (2)You CAN transfer ‘stamps’ to your inmate. (3) You CAN deposit money to your inmate, and they CAN purchase ‘stamps’ on their end. (4)Each time you send a message, you CAN pay for them to reply. (5)You CAN send photos, eGreeting Cards and videos. (Jail staff will review for appropriateness). Learn more about what you can and cannot send an inmate by text or email in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

How will I know if my email to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility was approved?
When you send an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility an email using Securus eMessaging, you will receive a message if your email was NOT approved, and you will be given the reason. All emails you send, whether it be text, photos, videos or ecards, will incur a fee. There are no refunds for emails or attachments not approved. Learn more about the approval rules when texting or emailing an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

Can I send a photo in my 'gallery' to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, or does it have to be a snapshot taken within the Securus app?
You can send any type of photo (jpg, jpeg and png) or video (30 seconds or less) to an inmate in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility when using Securus eMessaging. It can either be direct from your gallery or one taken from within the Securus app. Learn more about emailing an inmate a photo in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility.

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