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Washtenaw County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name
Washtenaw County Jail
2201 Hogback Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

All mail sent to an inmate at the Washtenaw 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.

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The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw County Jail in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Washtenaw County Jail

Postcards

The Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw County Jail also allows letters and greeting cards to be mailed in envelopes to inmates.

Address as follows:

Inmate's Name (No Nicknames - Proper Full Name)

C/O WASHTENAW COUNTY JAIL

2201 HOGBACK RD.

ANN ARBOR, MI 48105

 

Newspapers

You can mail newspapers to the inmate if they come directly from the publisher to the jail.

Magazines

You can mail magazines to the inmate if they come directly from the publisher to the jail.

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

Soft-cover books can be mailed if they come directly from the publisher to the jail. This jail does not accept books mailed from BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, etc.

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

Care packages

This jail offers care packages through Icare.com.

You must register an account for free before you can select a package to purchase.

Click here to register and view pricing and item choices.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

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.

Anything that staff considers a possible threat to jail security or the safety and security of the public, other inmates or staff members.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name
Washtenaw County Jail
2201 Hogback Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

All mail sent to an inmate at the Washtenaw 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 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Washtenaw County Jail

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

Send no more than five photos at one time.

Inmates may only have five in their possession at once. The rest must be rotated out to the inmate’s property. The inmate chooses which five to keep and which to rotate.

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 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.

Be aware if you write anything to the inmate that deals with escape, committing crimes or harming others, you could face criminal charges.

Click here to view contact information for the Washtenaw 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 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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