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Marin County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's first and last name
c/o Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 95213-5216

All mail sent to an inmate at the Marin 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.

Main Phone: 415-499-7316

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Marin County Jail 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 Marin County Jail in San Rafael, California.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Marin County Jail

Postcards

The Marin County Jail 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 Marin County Jail also allows letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes to be mailed to inmates.

Mail to:
(Inmate's Name - First and Last)
Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

Newspapers

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

Magazines

You are allowed to purchase news, special interest or sports magazines for your inmate but they must be sent directly from the publisher to the jail in your inmate’s name. 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

This jail allows inmates to possess up to five soft-covered books at once. When the limit is reached, the inmate will choose which books to rotate out to his or her property storage. All books must be purchased and sent from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. 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 Marin 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.

To confirm that the Marin County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 415-499-7316.

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.

This jail allows the public to purchase commissary items for inmates. You must register an account and use a debit or credit card to make your purchase.

Click here to view available items and prices and get started.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Examples of prohibited items include:

Stamps and stickers

Advertisements

Brochures

Catalogs

Cash

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 415-499-7316 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's first and last name
c/o Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 95213-5216

All mail sent to an inmate at the Marin 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.

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 Marin County Jail

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

Send no more than 10 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 415-499-7316 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.  

Anything that staff feels is a threat to the security of the jail, its staff, the inmates or the public will be turned over to administrators for investigation.

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 Marin County Jail.



Emailing an Inmate

This jail offers email services for inmates.

You may go to JPay.com and purchase email credits to use to send email.

The staff will print a hard copy of your email and deliver it to the inmate with the regular mail run each day.

Your inmate cannot email you in return. He or she must respond to your email in a written and mailed letter or card.

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.

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. Be as careful with what you write in an email as you would be in a letter.

Click here to get started.

Call 415-499-7316 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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