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Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name
Booking Number & Cell Location
Name & Address of Facility (see above)
Miami, FL 33125

All mail sent to an inmate at the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center 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: 786-263-4100

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center 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 Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center in Miami, Florida.

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

The Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center

All letters and postcards must be mailed through the United States Postal Service. Mail delivered through any other carrier will be rejected.

Postcards

The Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center 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 Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center also allows regular letters to be mailed to inmates as long as they conform to the jail’s guidelines.

Letters cannot contain:

Any alterations such as lipstick, stickers, glitter or perfume.

Polaroid photos

Any gang related drawings or anything that compromises jail security

Each letter or postcard must include:

Inmate’s full name

Booking number and cell location (Click here to locate)

1321 NW 13 Street

Miami, FL 33125

You must also provide a complete return address including your first and last name, street address, city, state and zip code.

Newspapers

Newspaper subscriptions must be mailed directly from the publisher and must contain an invoice that shows the company letterhead.

Magazines

News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher and contains an invoice that contains the publisher’s letterhead. 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

Inmates are prohibited from having hardcover books, however, they can receive softcover books if they are mailed directly from the publisher and contain an invoice that includes the company letterhead.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center 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 Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 786-263-4100.

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 786-263-4100 or click here or here to see if the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center 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.

Examples of prohibited items include:

Stamps and stickers

Musical greeting cards

Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered

Paper with any type of stains such as grease

News clippings

Packages

Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings

Anything that compromises the jail’s security

Anything depicting nudity or obscenity

Call 786-263-4100 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name
Booking Number & Cell Location
Name & Address of Facility (see above)
Miami, FL 33125

All mail sent to an inmate at the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center 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 786-263-4100 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center

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

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 786-263-4100 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

Mail may be read in its entirety to protect the facilities security measures.

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 Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center.



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 786-263-4100 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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