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Shreveport City Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's first and last name
Shreveport City Jail
755 Hope Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

All mail sent to an inmate at the Shreveport City 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: 318-677-5254

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Shreveport City 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 Shreveport City Jail in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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

The Shreveport City Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Shreveport City Jail

Postcards

The Shreveport City 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 Shreveport City Jail may also send letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes to inmates. Address the envelope as follows:
Inmate first and last name

Shreveport City Jail
1234 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, Louisiana  71101

Newspapers

You cannot send newspapers to inmates at this jail.

Magazines

You cannot send magazines to inmates at this jail.

Books

This jail allows you to send books to inmates.
They must be softcover.

You can have them sent directly from the publisher, or Amazon.com, etc. or you can purchase them and send them from the post office.

Inmates are allowed to have up to three books in their possession. .

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Shreveport City 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 Shreveport City Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 318-677-5254.

Care packages

This jail does not have a care package program, but the policy can change in the future.

Call 318-677-5254 or click here or here to see if the Shreveport City 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 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:

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 318-677-5254 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
Shreveport City Jail
755 Hope Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

All mail sent to an inmate at the Shreveport City 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 318-677-5254 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Shreveport City Jail

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

Each inmate is restricted to possessing no more than two photographs at the same 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 318-677-5254 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

If you send anything that is prohibited you can lose your mail privileges. In addition, you could cause your inmate to lose privileges.

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 Shreveport City Jail.



Emailing an Inmate

This jail does not have an email program for inmates, but the policy can be changed at any time in the future.

Call 318-677-5254 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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