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Wayne County Jail III Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's first and last name - inmate # if known
Wayne County Jail III
3501 Hamtramck Drive
Hamtramck, MI 48211

All mail sent to an inmate at the Wayne County Jail III 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: 313-224-2222

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Wayne County Jail III 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 Wayne County Jail III in Hamtramck, Michigan.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Wayne County Jail III

Postcards

The Wayne County Jail III 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 Wayne County Jail III also allows letters mailed in envelopes to inmates as long as the letter conforms to guidelines listed below in important tips.

How to address mail:

DIVISION III

Inmate’s Name and Number (Click here to locate the inmate’s number and ward)

Inmate’s Ward

350 Hamtramck Drive

Hamtramck, MI 48211

You must provide a return address in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope.

To confirm that the Wayne County Jail III still allows letters in envelopes call 313-224-2222 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

Inmates at this jail are allowed to have newspaper subscriptions but they must be mailed directly from the publisher to the jail.

Magazines

Magazine subscriptions are fine as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher and that the magazines do not contain nudity or pornography.

Books

Hard cover books are not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon, however, softcover books are acceptable. They must be mailed directly from the publisher or an approved third-party distributor, (I.E. Amazon, Barnes and Noble), to the jail.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Wayne County Jail III standards will be disposed of.

To confirm that the Wayne County Jail III continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 313-224-2222.

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 313-224-2222 or click here or here to see if the Wayne County Jail III 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:

Raised stickers

Anything that supports ethnic/racial intimidation

Anything encouraging disorder, escape or violence

Cash

Money orders

Polaroid photos

Stamps

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 313-224-2222 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 - inmate # if known
Wayne County Jail III
3501 Hamtramck Drive
Hamtramck, MI 48211

All mail sent to an inmate at the Wayne County Jail III 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 313-224-2222 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Wayne County Jail III

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

Polaroid Photos are prohibited.

Photos of weapons are prohibited.

Photos promoting racial or ethnic intimidation 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 313-224-2222 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

Mail to this facility is scanned for content promoting violence, ethnic/racial intimidation or security breaches. Such mail will not be delivered and it is possible that future mail from you will be banned from the jail.  

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.

If you do not put enough postage on the mail it will be rejected by jail staff and the inmate will not receive it.

Click here to view contact information for the Wayne County Jail III.



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 313-224-2222 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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