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Sarasota 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, cell block #
Sarasota County Jail
P.O. Box 49588
Sarasota, FL 34230

All mail sent to an inmate at the Sarasota 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: 941-861-4165

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

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Sarasota County Jail

Postcards

The Sarasota 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.

Envelopes

The Sarasota County Jail allows you to send letters and greeting cards in envelopes to the inmate.

The envelope must have a complete return address.

Send to:
Inmate name and cell location (Click
here to locate cell location)

C/O Sarasota County Jail

P.O. Box 49588

Sarasota, FL 34230

Newspapers

This facility does not allow newspapers to be sent to inmates.

Magazines

This facility prohibits magazines for inmates.

Books

You cannot send books to the inmates, even if they come from the publisher or an online vendor.

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 941-861-4165 or click here or here to see if the Sarasota County Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Anything other than a handwritten letter or signed card will be rejected.

Examples of prohibited items include:

Oversized greeting cards

Photos that are not printed on non-glossy computer paper.

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.

Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.

Call 941-861-4165 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, cell block #
Sarasota County Jail
P.O. Box 49588
Sarasota, FL 34230

All mail sent to an inmate at the Sarasota 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 941-861-4165 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Sarasota County Jail

Multiple photos printed on standard (non-glossy) 8 1/2 x 11 printer/copier paper will be accepted without limit. Content and page rules apply.

You may also send photos up to 4 X 6 in size. Inmates may have up to five photos in possession at any given 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 941-861-4165 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

Anything the staff feels weakens the jail’s security or is a threat to inmates will be rejected, and in some cases turned over to authorities.

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 Sarasota County Jail.



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 941-861-4165 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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