Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the San Diego County Facility 8 Jail in California
Keeping in touch with an inmate during an incarceration period is a good way to make the difficult situation a little easier. The Sheriff's Department of San Diego realizes the importance of family and personal relationships, therefore contacting an inmate is absolutely encouraged. As they understand the importance of relationship maintenance, they are also working on maintaining an orderly correctional facility, so there are rules and guidelines you need to adhere to. Following their rules will make not only their jobs easier, but it will also make your lives easier as well, especially during a period of coping.
As with anybody, you can send an inmate a postcard via snail mail. Yes, you are required to write a letter on a postcard. The postcard has to be rectangular in shape, not altered in any way, and to the exact specifications of the San Diego County Jail. All the specifications can be found here.
The link should also provide information on how to send an inmate books, or other forms of mail.
Be sure to use the following heading when sending a postcard to an inmate:
Inmate's Name, # Booking Number
Facility 8 Detention Facility
446 Alta Rd., Ste. 5300
San Diego, CA 92158
Inmates at Facility 8 can also receive e-mail messages, although they have no access to a computer or the internet. The inmate's profile on the Sheriff's Department's webpage will have a link that will allow you to send an e-mail to the inmate of your interest. However, your messages are limited to one page per message, and up to two a day are allowed to be sent. For security purposes, no e-mails containing photos or other attachments are allowed. When prompted to supply a return address, use your home address or any other address you may want to give – P.O. Box, business address, etc. Given they want to, any return correspondence from an inmate will be written with pen and paper, and sent through the United States Postal Service. Be advised that privacy is not guaranteed by the jail staff, so use discretion when writing a letter or e-mail.
Inmates also have limited but relatively lenient telephone privileges throughout the day once they are booked. Visit here for more information about telephone privileges and guidelines. The number at the detention center is (619) 210-0327. Again, telephone use is also a right and not a privilege, and privacy is not guaranteed for phone calls either.
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