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Dakota County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name
Dakota County Law Enforcement Center
P.O. Box 247J
Hastings, MN 55033

All mail sent to an inmate at the Dakota 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: 651-438-4800

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Dakota 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 Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Minnesota.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Dakota County Jail

Postcards

The Dakota 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 Dakota County Jail also allows inmates to receive letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes.

Address the envelope as follows:
Inmate’s first and last name

C/O Dakota County Jail

P.O. Box 247-J

Hastings, MN 59033

You must include a complete return address on the envelope.

To confirm that the Dakota County Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 651-438-4800 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

Inmates are not allowed to receive newspapers by mail at this facility.

Magazines

Inmates are prohibited from receiving any magazines by mail.

Books

No books can be sent to inmates at this jail.

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.

This jail contracts with InmateCanteen.com for such packages. You must register an account to begin. Click here to get started.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Anything that threatens the security of the jail, inmates or staff will not be forwarded and can be sent to authorities for investigation.

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 651-438-4800 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name
Dakota County Law Enforcement Center
P.O. Box 247J
Hastings, MN 55033

All mail sent to an inmate at the Dakota 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 651-438-4800 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Dakota County Jail

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

There is no limit to the number of photos you can send. The staff will decide if it becomes excessive and will send some of them back.

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 651-438-4800 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.  

Don’t put things in writing about the inmate’s court case.

Any violations of the mail policies can result in the inmate's mail privileges being suspended.

Your privileges can also be suspended or permanently revoked.

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 Dakota 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 651-438-4800 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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