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San Luis Obispo County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name, Inmate ID #
San Luis Obispo County Jail
PO Box 15409
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

All mail sent to an inmate at the San Luis Obispo 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: 805-781-4600

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo County Jail in San Luis Obispo, California.

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

The San Luis Obispo County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for San Luis Obispo County Jail

Postcards

The San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo County Jail also allows inmates to receive letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes through the mail. Letters cannot be more than four pages long.

Mail to:

Inmate’s first and last name and ID number - Click here to get the inmate’s ID.

1585 Kansas Ave.

PO Box 15409

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

Newspapers

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

Magazines

This jail allows inmates to receive magazines no larger than 6x8x2 inches. 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

This jail allows inmates to receive soft-cover books no larger than 6x8x2 inches. The book must be shipped directly from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com to the jail. 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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 805-781-4600.

Care packages

This jail provides care packages of commissary items for purchase. Click here to get started by registering a new free account. After you are registered you can sign in and see package contents and prices.

Care packages are pre-chosen items from the commissary list that are boxed or bagged together and sent to the inmate.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Examples of prohibited items include:

Letters containing more than 4 pages

Photographs larger than 4" x 6"

Instant (Polaroid) photographs

Photos or pictures of nude or partially nude subjects

Greeting cards larger than 6" x 10"

Envelopes larger than 8 ½” x 11 ½”

Greeting cards with raised or embossed surfaces or made from heavyweight paper or card stock

Any type of sticker attached to an envelope or its contents or any perceived biohazard, e.g. lipstick, lip impressions, gloss, perfume, etc.

Personal checks, money orders not issued by the U.S. Postal Service, two-party checks and Welfare/Social Security checks

Postage stamps, blank greeting cards, envelopes or writing paper

Packages of any type (without written approval of a correctional sergeant)

Food or medication

Staples



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name, Inmate ID #
San Luis Obispo County Jail
PO Box 15409
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

All mail sent to an inmate at the San Luis Obispo 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 805-781-4600 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the San Luis Obispo County Jail

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

Send no more than four photos at a 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 805-781-4600 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.

Any mail that staff believes poses a threat to staff, inmates, or the public will be turned over to administrators for investigation.

Click here to view contact information for the San Luis Obispo County Jail.



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 805-781-4600 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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