Communicating with an Inmate Housed at the San Diego County South Bay Facility in California
The Sheriff's Department of San Diego County encourages you to get in touch with an inmate while they are in custody. Believe it or not, those in charge are human beings and not the soulless Terminator-esque figures they are portrayed as; they, too, have hobbies, dreams, feelings and loved ones. So you should not be inhibited to keep in touch with an inmate while they are incarcerated. However, those people (yes, people) in charge also need to keep a sense of order and stability within the confines of the South Bay Detention Center. So there are rules and guidelines that you must follow in order to keep the lines of communication flowing.
To a certain extent, an inmate has access to the conveniences of modern day society, meaning that they can receive e-mails. Inmates do not have access to a computer, let alone the internet, but if you choose to send an e-mail to an inmate in lieu of a postcard (more on those in the succeeding paragraph), you can. An inmate has no e-mail address, per se, but you can look up an inmate online using the Inmate Search link located here. Once you find the inmate's profile, it has a link to send an e-mail to your inmate of choice.
There are guidelines on how to successfully e-mail an inmate at the County Central Jail. First of all, privacy is not wholly guaranteed, so be cautious and discreet about what you write in an e-mail. You may send up to two e-mail messages a day, but the e-mails can only be up to one page long. If your book editor in in jail, you can only send one page of your epic war novel one page at a time and you can only send two pages a day. Depending on the length of your book, or how long your editor is in for, e-mailing a potential book manuscript can be a lengthy process.
Attachments, such as photographs and documents, are not allowed in the e-mail. When prompted to give a return address, be sure to give your home address or any other address you want to use in regards to correspondence with an inmate. All inmates will conduct their return correspondence in written form, and they will be processed through your local post office.
You can also write to your inmate of choice the classic way; pen, postcard, and a stamp. You can send inmates a postcard, given they are rectangular, not altered from their original content, and follow the criteria of the San Diego County Central Jail. For a complete list of guidelines, visit this site so you will know exactly what to do when it comes to sending regular mail to an inmate. It also gives you guidelines if you want to send books and such to a current inmate. Be sure to use the following heading when sending a postcard to an inmate:
Inmate Name, Booking #
South Bay Detention Facility
500 Third Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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 for South Bay is (619) 691-4810.
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