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Pima County-Ajo Detention Center Inmate Mail


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

Inmate name, pod location, booking #
Pima County Jail
PO Box 951
Tucson, AZ 85702

All mail sent to an inmate at the Pima County-Ajo Detention Center 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: 520-387-8535

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Pima County-Ajo Detention Center Inmate Mail Policies, Mail Instructions, what type of mail is NOT allowed, Rules for Mailing letters, photos, postcards, emailing an inmate, magazines, newspapers, books and packages to Pima County-Ajo Detention Center in Ajo, Arizona.

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

The Pima County-Ajo Detention Center has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Pima County-Ajo Detention Center

Postcards

The Pima County-Ajo Detention Center 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 Pima County-Ajo Detention Center also accepts letters mailed in envelopes, but the envelopes must be pre-metered and stamped. You can purchase these at the post office.

Address mail to:

Inmate's Name

Pod Location

Booking Number

P.O. Box 951

Tucson, Arizona 85702

To confirm that the Pima County-Ajo Detention Center still allows letters in envelopes call 520-387-8535 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

This jail allows inmates to receive newspaper subscriptions as long as they come directly from the publisher to the jail.

Magazines

You may send the inmate 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

Inmates may receive soft-cover books by mail if they are sent directly from the publisher.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Pima County-Ajo Detention Center 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 Pima County-Ajo Detention Center continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 520-387-8535.

Care packages

This jail offers a care package program for friends and family to purchase and have delivered to the jail. Care packages are pre-chosen items put into one box. Items in a care package might include stationery items, personal hygiene products and snacks.

Click here to view the packages and prices. 



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:

Anything written using a gel pen will be returned to sender.

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.

Call 520-387-8535 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate name, pod location, booking #
Pima County Jail
PO Box 951
Tucson, AZ 85702

All mail sent to an inmate at the Pima County-Ajo Detention Center 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 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Pima County-Ajo Detention Center

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

Send no more than five photos at one time.

Polaroid Photos are prohibited.

Photos of weapons 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 520-387-8535 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.

Click here to view contact information for the Pima County-Ajo Detention Center.



Emailing an Inmate

A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your Smart Phone, computer or tablet whenever you wish.

In addition, you don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.

Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence much more quickly and send responses immediately.

Jail staff likes it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.

Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filter program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.

There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones has been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.

Call 520-387-8535 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.

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