Allegheny County Jail Inmate Mail

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Send an Inmate Mail in the Allegheny County Jail

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

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Important: Use this third-party mail service address directly below for personal mail, if it is different than the above address:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Allegheny 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.
  • Always use blue or black ink. Do NOT use felt markers or crayons.
  • Do NOT include drawings, nor should you draw on the envelope or postcard.
  • Do NOT enclose glitter, confetti or anything else in envelope.
  • When greeting cards are allowed, they should be plain and not be musical.  
  • When books, newspapers and magazines are allowed, they must be new, and only be sent directly from the publisher.
  • Packages, when allowed, must only be sent directly to an inmate from the third-party vendor outlined on our Commissary Page.

Inmates have their mail delivered Monday thru Friday. There is no limit on how much mail they can receive. Inmates are allowed to send mail to friends and family, but NOT to co-defendants, other inmates in this or other jails or prisons, and NOT from people they have a 'no contact' order in place from.

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

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

Scroll down for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding how to send an inmate mail, or call the Allegheny County Jail at 412-350-2000 with your questions.

Mailing and Emailing Inmates at Allegheny County Jail

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

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

All mail sent to an inmate at the Allegheny County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of your mail.
Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
Main Phone: 412-350-2000

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:
Allegheny 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 Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} with GettingOut, the same services that handle its Inmate Phone System and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate. 

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

Type of Mail Allowed for Allegheny County Jail

What type of mail is Allowed for Inmates in the Allegheny County Jail?

  • All mail will be photcopied and then given to the inmate.
  • Original letters and photographs will be destroyed within a week.
  • Only one photograph can be sent at a time. It cannot exceed 4" x 6" in size.

All mail (postcards and evevelopes) must be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Postcards
The Allegheny County Jail allows inmates to receive white, pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. Ink must be black or blue and you must have a return address on it. Everything will be photocopied. Originals will not be delivered to inmates.



Envelopes
The Allegheny County Jail allows envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, with no more than three pages of white paper (front & back) per envelope. Ink must be black or blue and you must have a return address on it. Everything will be photocopied. Originals will not be delivered to inmates.



Money orders

When you send a letter you can include a USPS or Postal Money Order for the inmate's commissary account. Make the Money Order out to the inmate and add their DOC Nmber on it.

Address the envelope as follows:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher and via United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS or FedEx. Incarcerated individuals are permitted a maximum of seven publications (newspapers and magazines).



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. Incarcerated individuals are permitted a maximum of seven publications (newspapers and magazines).



Books
Allegheny County Jail allows paperback books to be sent from barnesandnoble.com and christianbook.com. You can order them directly from your computer. Books must be sent via the United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS or FedEx. Inmates can receive up to seven books per day. Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic, tattoo related or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Allegheny 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. All packages must contain a receipt from the distributor in order to ensure the inventory is correct. Any packages not containing a receipt will be returned to the distributor. All books must be delivered by the USPS, Fedex or UPS.

All Newspapers, Magazines and Books must be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



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.
Allegheny County Jail Currently does allow care packages from Summit Food Service, Outside / Inside.


 

What is Inmate mail?

By law, every inmate is entitled to receive mail delivered through the United State Postal Service. While for years, this mail was always delivered in the form of a letter or a postcard from friends and loved ones directly to the inmate, the definition of inmate mail has changed a bit.

Inmate mail can be:

•    A letter in an envelope,
•    A postcard,
•    A greeting card, or
•    A digital letter

Because of security and contraband concerns, mainly the paper and envelope that a letter is written on or enclosed in, being soaked in a liquid form of drugs, many jails are increasingly limiting the type of mail inmates can get.

Some still allow regular mail in an envelope with a stamp, but many now have the letter sent to a third-party that opens the letter, scans it and the envelope into a computer, emails the letter to the jail where they print it out, giving the photocopies to the inmate, or they send it to a computer kiosk or tablet digitally that the inmate can access.

Others only allow postcards, specifically the white, pre-stamped postcards that you can purchase from the post office. 

When greeting cards are allowed, they can’t be cards with glitter, music or other do-dads. They can only be plain paper cards.

Some jails, in fact most, require that mail be written or typed with only black or blue ink. Some allow black pencils to be used.

None allow crayons, markers, lipstick prints, etc. 

All require white envelopes, white paper or lined paper such as from a pad. Very few allow paper that is card stock. It must be plain white, 20-lb. printer paper.

To see the inmate mail policies for Allegheny County Jail check out the inmate mail details above or call the jail at 412-350-2000 for specific information.

What is my inmate’s mailing address?

There are five different types of addresses for every jail:

1.    The physical address of the jail
2.    The mailing address for an inmate’s personal mail
3.    The mailing address for the inmate’s legal mail
4.    The mailing address for the jail’s administrative staff
5.    The mailing address for sending money to the inmate’s trust or commissary fund
       Visit the Inmate Money page for this information

In general, the only three addresses that friends and family of inmates need to be concerned about are:

•    The inmate address for personal mail.
•    The address for sending money orders to the inmate’s commissary account.
      Visit the Inmate Money page for this information.
•    The physical address of the jail.

Because this section is about mailing an inmate, the address for mailing an inmate is:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

or 
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate ID#
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

If the red address is visible, then use that address, as that is the new address the jail is using for an inmate's personal mail to combat contraband entering the facility.

How do I mail a letter to an inmate in jail?

To mail a letter to an inmate in the Allegheny County Jail, first completely read all the mail policies and guidelines that are on this page. Also read any updated mail guidelines that are on the official page for facility. If you still have questions, then call the jail at 412-350-2000 and ask specifics.

It is important to understand that if even one thing is done incorrectly when sending a letter to the jail, even if everything else is done correctly, then your letter will not be delivered to the inmate.  In fact, even though the jail claims they will mail your letter back to you so that you will know it was not delivered, there is always the chance it will be disposed of. 

So here you are at home, wondering why your inmate is not responding to your letter, when in fact, they may not have even received it.

How do I address an inmate?

All mail to the inmate must be addressed as follows:

A full return address, which includes your full name and full address.  Without this the mail will not be delivered to the inmate.

A complete address to the inmate, including:

Full Name (name that they were booked under)
Inmate ID# (booking #, SO #, etc.)
Inmate’s Housing location (if you know it)
Allegheny County Jail
Mailing Address
City, State, Zip code

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



A letter that is not addressed completely may not get delivered. Keep in mind that often there is more than one inmate in a jail with the same name. You certainly don’t want the wrong inmate getting your private mail, do you?

If a letter is not delivered to an inmate, will they be notified?

Sometimes. There are some jails that will deliver you a notification that a letter which was intended for you was returned because it was either improperly addressed, did not have return address, contained contraband of some sort, had things written in it that were against mail and jail policies, or were sent by someone you were not allowed contact with such as co-defendant or someone the court had forbidden contact with such as a spouse in a domestic violence case.

Most of the time though, the letter is either returned or destroyed, and if there are illegal substances in the letter, it will be turned over to the Allegheny County Sheriff or District Attorney for possible criminal investigation and/or indictment.

What can I send to an inmate by mail?

Generally nothing but a letter, printouts from a computer printer or photographs can be sent to an inmate in the mail. If there is anything else enclosed, the entire letter and the contents will be returned to you or destroyed.

There are a few exceptions to this, such as several county jails in New York, including the infamous Riker’s Island. Riker’s allows all kinds of things to be mailed to an inmate, including a box of items every month.

Can I send pictures to an inmate?

Every jail has their own policy regarding allowing inmates to receive photographs in the mail, if at all. For Allegheny County Jail’s policy, review the information on this page.

In general, most jails allow an inmate to have anywhere from four to six photographs in their possession at any one time. These cannot be polaroids, and the photos cannot be construed as even mildly sexual (such as a woman or child in a bathing suit), gang related, drug related or violent.

Some jails allow only photocopied photos.

Some jails only allow photos that are sent digitally and must remain digital.

There are only a few jails that do not allow any photos of any kind.

If you are still uncertain as the policy regarding photographs at this facility, call them at 412-350-2000.

Can I send newspapers, magazines and books to an inmate in the Allegheny County Jail?

Most jails allow newspapers, magazines and books to be sent to an inmate, if they come directly from the publisher, such as directly from the newspaper or magazine themselves, or from the specific book publisher or trusted mail order source such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

There is often a limit of the quantity of books and magazines an inmate can either receive at one time, receive each month, or have in their possession at any one time. 

Hardcover books, or books with wire spiral binders are never allowed.

Any publications that portray or discuss violence, sex, gang activity, drugs, jail escapes or anything else against jail policies are not allowed and will be returned.

The policy of the Allegheny County Jail should be detailed on this page. However, if it is not, then call the jail at 412-350-2000 and ask.

Keep in mind that the address the publications should be mailed to is not always the mailing address of where the inmate gets their regular mail, the mail that is scanned and forwarded digitally to them.

The mailing address for publications is:

Inmate's Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

or 
Inmate's Full Name
Inmate ID#
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Use the address in red if it is visible to you.

NOTE: There are a few New York jails that allow publications to be sent directly to them as opposed to having it sent through the publisher. One of the most notable exceptions is Riker’s Island in New York City.

How often can I send letters or cards to an inmate?

There is no limit to how often you can send letters or cards to an inmate. You are only limited to the types of letters and cards that you can send, considering Allegheny County Jail’s policies, which are outlined on this page.

How often can the inmate mail letters?

An inmate can mail letters as often as they like.  There is no limit to the number of letters that an inmate can write and send.  They are only limited by the number of stamps they can afford to purchase through commissary, and the amount of commissary spend that the Allegheny County Jail allows.

What is considered contraband in the mail?

Contraband is defined as anything that the jail does not allow to be mailed to an inmate, which is just about everything. The list would fill ten sets of encyclopedias. 

It easier to say what is allowed to be sent through the mail:

•    When allowed, a certain number of photographs.
•    When allowed, newspapers, magazines and books, if they are sent from a publisher.
•    When allowed, a care package of snacks, hygiene products or clothing from a commissary company that has contracted with the jail.

Can I send printouts from my computer to an inmate?

Some jails allow printouts of photographs and information to be sent to an inmate through the mail. Refer to the mail policy on this page or by calling the jail directly at 412-350-2000.

Can I send an inmate a package?

Many jails contract with companies that send food, hygiene products and/or clothing to inmates. These can be purchased and sent by friends and family on a weekly or monthly basis.

You can only send items from the one that your jail has a contract with. 

Check this page, the Money Page or the Commissary Page for further information, or call the jail at 412-350-2000 to see which one that the Allegheny County Jail works with.

Here are the commissary package companies, in alphabetical order, that provide this service to jails in the United States:

Access Securepak
Care A Cell
Commissary order
Correct Pay
Express Account
icare
Inmate Canteen
Jail ATM
Jail Pack Store (McDaniel Supply)
My Care Pack
Oasis (jailcanteen)
Prodigy Solutions
Tiger
Union Supply Direct

Can I send an inmate a gift?

The only gifts you can send an inmate must come from one of the stores above, and Allegheny County Jail must contract with them.

If I send something to an inmate that is not allowed, can the inmate or I get in trouble?

If the item that you send an inmate is illegal, then you and/or your inmate can get in trouble, otherwise if it is not illegal, it will just be destroyed or in some cases, returned to you.

Note that if you continue to send items that are considered contraband, some of your communication privileges with your inmate, such as visitation or phone calls, may be suspended.

Can I send an inmate postage stamps?

No, you cannot send postage stamps. Stamps must be purchased by the inmate through commissary. You can send them the money for stamps, but not the stamps.

How can an inmate get stamps while in jail or prison?

Stamps can be purchased in the jail commissary be the inmate.

If an inmate has no money, will the Allegheny County Jail give them stamps?

Yes. If an inmate is indigent, the jail will provide them 2-3 stamps, and an equal amount of envelopes and stationery each week. 

What happens if I send the inmate drugs or something that can be a weapon, will I get in trouble?

Yes. If you send the inmate drugs, a weapon or anything illegal, it will be turned over to the Allegheny County Sheriff or District Attorney and it is most likely that you will be prosecuted. 

Emailing and Photo Sharing with your Inmate

Emailing Messages & Photos

Allegheny County Jail contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles Inmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.


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

Then use the Facility Finder to:
1.  Select Allegheny County Jail,
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 Full Name & DOC Number
Allegheny County Jail
950 Second Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Allegheny 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:

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.

Pornography

Gang-related photos

Food

Tobacco

Jewelry

Clothing

Medication

Hygiene or grooming products

Credit Cards or Phone Cards

Checks of any kind

Cash

Stationary

Any publication not sent directly from the publisher.

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.

Can Allegheny County Jail inmates get hot, home-cooked meals delivered to them?

For instructions on how to get prepared food deliverd to inmate in Allegheny County follow these instructions:

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or freshly cooked meals to an inmate in Allegheny County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Allegheny County.


 

How to Deposit Money in an Inmate's Trust Account in Order to Purchase Prepaid Calling Cards, Phone Calling Time or Commissary

To Deposit Money in an inmate's account follow these steps:

  • Create a ConnectNetwork account 
  • Select your inmate, and add to them to your account,
  • Deposit money into his or her commissary account.

**NOTE** GTL is in a transition merging into a new company called ViaPath Technologies.


Features:

  • Deposit options available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone 877-650-4249, and online.
  • Mobile-friendly deposit options are available via their app.
  • Deposits and payments made through automated channels (ConnectNetwork Website, Mobile App, Toll Free Phone, or Kiosk at the jail) are transmitted to the facility within one business day.
  • Deposits that are mailed are processed the next business day after they are received by GTL.
  • Inmate can choose how to spend the funds you deposit.

All the information you need to understand depositing money into an inmate's trust fund, specifically for phone calls, but also for Commissary, in Allegheny County, can be found on our Send Money Page.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Allegheny County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Allegheny County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Allegheny County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Pennsylvania, then choose Allegheny County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Allegheny County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Allegheny 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 Allegheny County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Allegheny County.


 

How Do Inmates in Allegheny County Jail Make or Receive Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Allegheny County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

1.  Start by confirming that Allegheny County Jail has the phone service you need to communicate with your inmate by the facility lookup here.
2. In the meantime, you can create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account. This account can be controlled by just you, or by both you and your inmate.
4. Last, select Allegheny County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Allegheny County Services that are provided by GettingOut, a GTL company:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Video Visits (from home or jail lobby)
 - Email & Photo Sharing
 - Tablet Rental
 - Deposits


Phone & Voicemail Fees

1.  GettingOut charges $0.25 per minute for all phone calls, prepaid or collect, within Pennsylvania.
2. Prepaid calls between Pennsylvania and other states costs $0.21 per minute. International calls are $0.95 per minute.
3. There is a fee of $3.00 every time you add money to your account online, and it costs $5.95 if you add funds over the phone with a live agent.
4. You can also leave an inmate a short voice message for a flat fee of $1.25.

Note: Rates are subject to change.

Types of Phone Calls
Collect Calls
Collect calls allow you to accept and pay for calls to your land line (only) phone account. This means that if you accept your call from your inmate, all the charges for that call will then be billed to your land line phone account and will show up and be listed on your next local phone bill. Additional fees, costs, restrictions may apply.

Prepaid calls (Direct Calls)
With Prepaid Calls you can set up your account so that the inmate can only call you and/or you can just deposit money in their account and they can purchase prepaid phone cards through their commissary and call whoever they choose, provided the Allegheny County Jail approves of the phone number.

Quick Connect
Quick connect is an alternative to collect calls. It allows you to quickly pay for a phone call with your credit card.  When your inmate calls you, follow the instructions from the automated voice system to pay for that one phone call, directly billed to your card.

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Allegheny County Jail GettingOut phone services, you can call them at 866-516-0115.

* All the information you need to understand making and receiving phone calls with inmates in Allegheny County, can be found on our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How Inmates Can Use a Tablet to Access Services at Allegheny County Jail

To find out how to get access to a tablet for inmate read the following:

1.  First, Register or Sign In to GettingOut/GTL

2.  Purchase the services you want for your Allegheny County Jail inmate.
3. All inmates have free access to the tablets to read their letters from family & friends, but there are many other services available to keep your inmate busy while incarcerated... such as Games, Books, Music and Movies. These other services come with fees that you can pay for when you pay for phone service.

To learn more about Tablet Rentals for inmates, including the cost, all the services available and everything else you need to know, check out our Tablet Rental Page.


 

How to Communicate with an Allegheny County Jail Inmate by Mail and by Email

To mail or email an inmate in Allegheny County follow these steps:

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please follow these instructions:

  • All mail sent to an inmate at the Allegheny County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
  • All mail must include the facility's address, as well as the inmate's name and assigned number.
  • Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.
  • The Allegheny County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations. 
  • All the information you need to understand mail and email policies can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.

Emailing Messages & Photos

Facility_name_1} contracts with GTL GettingOut, the same service that handles iInmate Phone Systems and Video Visitation, for sending secure messages and photos between you and your inmate.
 
If you are not already registered, do so here, or Log in.

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

  • Messages can be up to 500 characters long, including punctuation. At the bottom of your message there is a 'character countdown' feature.  
  • 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.
  • You can also send your Allegheny County inmate photos and videos.

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

Go here to this FAQ to get answers to how the transition to ViaPath from GTL and gettingout will affect your account.

All the information you need to understand mail and email policies for Allegheny County can be found on our Inmate Mail Page and our Text/Email an Inmate Page.


 

How Do You Visit an Inmate in Allegheny County Jail?

To visit an inmate in Allegheny County, whether by video or in person 'at the jail', follow these steps:

Other than 'at the jail' visits between you and your inmate, which is explained and outlined in detail on our Visit Inmate Page, Allegheny County remote video inmate visitation can be done using the services of GettingOut

There are three ways to remotely visit your inmate in Allegheny County Jail:
1.  Using the GettingOut Kiosk at the jail.
2. Using your computer from home.
3. Using your phone on the GettingOut apps.

To remotely visit an inmate in Allegheny County follow these steps:
1.  Start by confirming that Allegheny County Jail's Video Visitation is working correctly by looking up Allegheny County here.

2.  The next step is to create an account here for GettingOut.
3. Then add funds to your account.
4. Last, select Allegheny County Jail, and then the inmate you wish to communicate with.

Other Allegheny County Services provided by GettingOut:
 - Phone Calls & Voicemail 
 - Email, Photo & Video Sharing
-  Inmate Tablet Rental
-  Deposits

Customer Service
If you have any questions about the Allegheny County Jail Visitation Services you can call them at 866-516-0115.
Frequently Asked Questions

* All the information you need to have complete knowledge about inmate visitation; policies, rules, fees, schedules, tips, dress codes, and children, lawyers and clergy visitation in Allegheny County, can be found on our Visit Inmate Page.

Allegheny County Jail Phone: 412-350-2000


 

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