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Manatee 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
Manatee County Central Jail
14470 Harlee Road
Palmetto, FL 34205

All mail sent to an inmate at the Manatee 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: 941-747-3011 x2915

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Manatee 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 Manatee County Jail in Palmetto, Florida.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Manatee County Jail

Postcards

The Manatee 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.

All  writing on the postcards must be typed or handwritten in black or blue ink.

Envelopes

The Manatee County Jail does not allow any letters or any envelopes to be mailed to inmates except from attorneys of record. Those envelopes will be opened and searched for contraband in the presence of the inmate, then the letter will be given to the inmate.

Newspapers

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

Magazines

Magazines (subscriptions or individual),  including puzzle books are permitted (no more than 2 each month, can be 1 of each) as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher's authorized distributor or a retailer such as; Books a Million, Walden Books, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com or similar retailers. Your family cannot mail them to you. If the item(s) does not come from an authorized source it will be returned to sender. Books and magazines can be no larger than 8.5 inches by 14 inches in size.

Newspaper subscription (1 only) must be sent from newspaper office directly to the facility.

Weekly magazine subscriptions are permitted and will be treated like a newspaper subscription.

No other item(s) will be accepted by the Mail Room unless approved by the Bureau Chief or designee PRIOR to the delivery of said item(s). Unapproved items will be returned to sender.

Books

You may send books to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher or from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, BooksaMillion.com or a nationally recognized bookstore.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Manatee 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 Manatee County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 941-747-3011 x2915.

Publications will be scanned for problem content. If found it will be rejected.

Examples of problem content include:
Escape plans

Anything inciting violence or riots

Anything extremely distasteful to society as a whole.

Pornography

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 941-747-3011 x2915 or click here or here to see if the Manatee County Jail 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 postcard or photo, 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:

Letters

Stamps and stickers.

Musical greeting cards.

Altered postcards 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 941-747-3011 x2915 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
Manatee County Central Jail
14470 Harlee Road
Palmetto, FL 34205

All mail sent to an inmate at the Manatee 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 941-747-3011 x2915 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Manatee County Jail

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

Each photo must be addressed and stamped on the back as if it were a postcard and mailed as such.

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 941-747-3011 x2915 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 Manatee County Jail.



Emailing an Inmate

This jail does not offer email abilities to inmates, however, the policy can change at any time in the future.

Call 941-747-3011 x2915 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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