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Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County Inmate Mail


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

Elmwood Complex
Inmate's Name, Booking Number, PFN
701 South Abel Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

All mail sent to an inmate at the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County 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: 408-957-5900

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County 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 Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County in Milpitas, California.

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

The Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County

Postcards

The Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County 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 Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County also allows regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, but all mail must be mailed through the United States Postal Service. If mailed through another carrier such as UPS or Fed Ex it will be rejected.

To confirm that the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County still allows letters in envelopes call 408-957-5900 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Address the envelope as follows:

Santa Clara County Department of Correction

Elmwood Complex

Inmate Name/Booking Number/PIN (Click here to locate the number)

701 South Abel Street

Milpitas, CA 95035

 

You must also write a complete return address on the envelope.

Newspapers

Inmate at this jail can have newspaper subscriptions as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher and include all of the above required information.

Magazines

This jail allows inmates to receive magazine subscriptions that are mailed directly from the publisher to the jail. Magazines cannot contain nudity, pornography, obscenity or the promotion of drug use or violence.

Books

Books can be sent to inmates but must be soft-cover. In addition, they must come directly from the publisher, not a bookstore or a private party.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County 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 Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 408-957-5900.

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.

Call 408-957-5900 or click here or here to see if the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.



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:

Cardboard

Laminated or plastic items

Things that promote gang activity or are gang related

Anything that promotes drug use and drugs themselves

Two-ply cards will be separated (they are discouraged)

Cards larger than 5x7

Blank envelopes, cards, paper. (These can be purchased through commissary)

Magazines, books and newspapers not from the publisher

Office supplies including paper clips or staplers or pencils/pens

Items having suspicious stains or markings

Anything that has stickers on it including envelopes, cards and letters

Hard bound books

Padded envelopes

Art work done with anything other than a pen or pencil

Flowers

Taped items

Instant camera photos (i.e. Polaroid)

Photographs larger than 4x6

All food items

Packages

Photographs with graphic nudity

Call 408-957-5900 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Elmwood Complex
Inmate's Name, Booking Number, PFN
701 South Abel Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

All mail sent to an inmate at the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County 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 408-957-5900 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County

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

Each photograph must have the inmate’s name and PFN number clearly written on the back. Click here to get that number.

Send no more than five 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 408-957-5900 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.

Click here to view contact information for the Elmwood Women’s Facility - Santa Clara County.



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 408-957-5900 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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