Mailing and Emailing Inmates at Wayne County Jail III

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Inmate's First and Last Name - inmate # if known
Wayne County Jail III
3501 Hamtramck Drive
Hamtramck, MI 48211

All mail sent to an inmate at the Wayne County Jail III 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: 313-224-2222

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:
Wayne County Jail III 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 Wayne County Jail III in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.
The Wayne County Jail III has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} also contracts with GTL & their sister company GettingOut, the same services that handle its Inmate Phone System and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate. Check both to confirm which company is currently working with Wayne County as they are in a transition to becoming one company.


If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select this facility,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

How Messaging Works
Watch this video on how to send a message.
1.
  Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
2. After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.

How Uploading Photos Works
Watch this video on how to upload a photo.
1.
  Select the Photos Tab.
2. Select “Take New Photo” or “Upload New Photo”.
3. Take a new photo with your webcam, or select "Choose File" to upload a photo from your computer.
4. Give your photo a Title or add it to the "Gallery" of your choice.
5. Select the "Share" button.
6. Select your inmate(s) and then select "Share".
7. Once the photo is approved, it will be shared with your inmate(s).

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

TextBehind Digital & Letter Writing Service


TextBehind enables you to communicate with your incarcerated loved ones located inside the United States from anywhere in the world using text letters, kids' drawings, and custom greeting cards. Unlimited inmate reply letters are processed for electronic delivery to your smartphone and email at no extra charge.
The cost to send an electronic letter is approximately $1.00.

Here’s how it works:
1.    All offender mail (paper and electronic) is addressed and delivered to TextBehind. Electronic mail is sent through the apps (iphone, Google Play). Paper mail is sent to the address below:
Inmate Name and Inmate Number
Wayne County Jail III Michigan
(note: please do not abbreviate the name)
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

2.    If it was sent via TextBehind's app (iphone, Google Play), TextBehind can process it within one business day.
3.    An additional step is involved in processing mail that is sent using the U.S. Postal Service. TextBehind will  use a scanner to make digital files of the contents of the mailing—including cards, photos or artwork.
4.    All digital files are then forwarded to the offender’s assigned prison.
5.    The jail or prison's mailroom staff print approved pages and then delivers them to the inmate.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • TextBehind does not deliver any mail to the inmate directly, nor do they guarantee delivery of your letters to the inmates by the courier, jail or prison staff. Once they process your mail and ship them out on your behalf, they are out of the loop entirely. However, at times they may offer to resend your letters under certain strict conditions as a courtesy. 
  • Inmates do not receive any invites when you add them, and neither do they need to accept the use of TextBehind service. Once you add the inmate, you can create letters for them. 
  • There is NO guarantee that Wayne County Jail III will cooperate and process TextBehind 'mail', and then deliver it to your inmate. Only when jails enroll directly with TextBehind, is your inmate most likely to get your TextBhind communications.

Here’s what happens when TextBehind receives a letter from an inmate:

  • Upon receiving, TextBehind staff open their letters, scan, and upload high-quality images to your TextBehind account as a complimentary service. You are not required to have any money or credits balance in your TextBehind account to receive inmate letters.
  • Next, you will receive a text and email alert to notify you of any new incoming reply letters. At that time, you can log into the TextBehind website or mobile app and view letters in your CONTACTS >> Click on Conversation Icon. 

YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS...

  • Inmates do require a stamp to send out their letters to TextBehind using Postal Service.
  • The cash or credit balance from your TextBehind account will not be shared with inmates as a substitute for the stamps. 
  • All letters printed and shipped by TextBehind nationwide to virtually any jail or prison facility are delivered to the jails/prisons by couriers such as the USPS or FedEx as their standard process.
  • After the shipments, TextBehind has no control over the process.
  • The delivery of your letters depends on couriers and prison staff taking the necessary action, and on time.

IMPORTANT TextBehind LINKS:
Register / Log in with TextBehind
Contact TextBehind with Questions
Add an Inmate to your list of Contacts
TextBehind Volume Discount packages
** Address to Mail letters using TextBehind **
Inmate Name and Inmate Number
Wayne County Jail III Michigan (note: please do not abbreviate the name)
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

RATES (subject to change):


TextBehind is a digital texting and letter writing service used by jail and prison inmates and inmate’s friends and families all across America. Due to the problem of letters and postcards containing, or soaked in contraband (drugs), TextBehind electronic and physical letters replaced the former policy of allowing mail to be sent directly from inmate’s friends and family members, and vice versa.

Type of Mail Allowed for Wayne County Jail III

Postcards

The Wayne County Jail III 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 Wayne County Jail III also allows letters mailed in envelopes to inmates as long as the letter conforms to guidelines listed below in important tips.

How to address mail:

DIVISION III

Inmate’s Name and Number (Click here to locate the inmate’s number and ward)

Inmate’s Ward

350 Hamtramck Drive

Hamtramck, MI 48211

You must provide a return address in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope.

To confirm that the Wayne County Jail III still allows letters in envelopes call 313-224-2222 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

Inmates at this jail are allowed to have newspaper subscriptions but they must be mailed directly from the publisher to the jail.

Magazines

Magazine subscriptions are fine as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher and that the magazines do not contain nudity or pornography.

Books

Hard cover books are not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon, however, softcover books are acceptable. They must be mailed directly from the publisher or an approved third-party distributor, (I.E. Amazon, Barnes and Noble), to the jail.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Wayne County Jail III standards will be disposed of.

To confirm that the Wayne County Jail III continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 313-224-2222.

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 313-224-2222 or click here or here to see if the Wayne County Jail III participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Emailing and Photo Sharing with your Inmate

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} also contracts with GTL & their sister company GettingOut, the same services that handle its Inmate Phone System and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate. Check both to confirm which company is currently working with Wayne County as they are in a transition to becoming one company.


If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select this facility,
2. Add your inmate to your list of contacts,
3. Add a credit or debit card to cover your costs.

How Messaging Works
Watch this video on how to send a message.
1.
  Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
2. After you click the “CONTINUE” button, you can review the cost to send your message to your inmate. You can also attach credits for your inmate to reply to your message.  Be sure to accept the Terms and Conditions and click the “SEND” button for your message to be successfully delivered to your inmate.

How Uploading Photos Works
Watch this video on how to upload a photo.
1.
  Select the Photos Tab.
2. Select “Take New Photo” or “Upload New Photo”.
3. Take a new photo with your webcam, or select "Choose File" to upload a photo from your computer.
4. Give your photo a Title or add it to the "Gallery" of your choice.
5. Select the "Share" button.
6. Select your inmate(s) and then select "Share".
7. Once the photo is approved, it will be shared with your inmate(s).

Customer Service Questions
'Online' Contact Form, or
Call   866-516-0115

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's First and Last Name - inmate # if known
Wayne County Jail III
3501 Hamtramck Drive
Hamtramck, MI 48211

All mail sent to an inmate at the Wayne County Jail III 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 313-224-2222 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:

Raised stickers

Anything that supports ethnic/racial intimidation

Anything encouraging disorder, escape or violence

Cash

Money orders

Polaroid photos

Stamps

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 313-224-2222 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Wayne County Jail III

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

Polaroid Photos are prohibited.

Photos of weapons are prohibited.

Photos promoting racial or ethnic intimidation 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 313-224-2222 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.

Important Mail Tips

Mail to this facility is scanned for content promoting violence, ethnic/racial intimidation or security breaches. Such mail will not be delivered and it is possible that future mail from you will be banned from the jail.  

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 you do not put enough postage on the mail it will be rejected by jail staff and the inmate will not receive it.

Click here to view contact information for the Wayne County Jail III.

Photos of this facility
1 / 5
Wayne County Jail III located in Hamtramck MI (Michigan) 1
2 / 5
Wayne County Jail III located in Hamtramck MI (Michigan) 2
3 / 5
Wayne County Jail III located in Hamtramck MI (Michigan) 3
4 / 5
Wayne County Jail III located in Hamtramck MI (Michigan) 4
5 / 5
Wayne County Jail III located in Hamtramck MI (Michigan) 5