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LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North Inmate Mail


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

Pitchess Detention Center North
Inmate Name, Booking Number
PO BOX 86164 - Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

All mail sent to an inmate at the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North 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: 213-473-6100

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North 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 LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North in Castaic, California.

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

The LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North

Postcards

The LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North 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 LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North also allows inmates to receive letters, photographs and greeting cards in envelopes through the mail.

Mail for male and female inmates can be mailed to:

Inmate Name, Booking Number  (Click here to locate the booking ID#)

PO BOX 86164
Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

Mail for female inmates only can also be mailed to:

Inmate Name, Booking Number
Century Regional Detention Facility
11705 S. Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262

Newspapers

Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.

Magazines

Inmates at this facility are allowed to receive up to three new magazines a week as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher to the jail and properly addressed. 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

In addition to magazines, inmates are allowed to receive three books each week as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher or from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com  to the jail and properly addressed . 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 LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North 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 LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 213-473-6100.

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.

Inmates at this jail can have care packages mailed to them. Click here to read Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy. You can click here to view packages, prices and place an order.



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:

Blank money orders

Lottery tickets

Personal Identification such as a driver’s license or passport

Any tape of any kind on letters, cards, envelopes or photographs

Jewelry

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 213-473-6100 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Pitchess Detention Center North
Inmate Name, Booking Number
PO BOX 86164 - Terminal Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164

All mail sent to an inmate at the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North 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 213-473-6100 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North

Photos should not exceed 4 inches high x 6 inches wide and cannot be smaller than 2X3.

Inmates may only have five at a time in their possession. The inmate can rotate out as new ones come in, but if you send more than five at a time, they will be sent back.

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 213-473-6100 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

The photograph rules also apply to any computer-generated images on computer paper.

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 LA COUNTY JAIL - Pitchess Detention Center North.



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 213-473-6100 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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