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Washoe County Jail Inmate Mail

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

Washoe County Jail
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, Nevada  89512

All mail sent to an inmate at the Washoe 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: (775) 328-2952

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Washoe 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 Washoe County Jail in Reno, Nevada.

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

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

Type of Mail Allowed for Washoe County Jail


The Washoe 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. Post cards cannot be larger than 4.25 x 6 inches.

Address to:

Inmate first and last name and ID # (Click here to get the ID #)

Washoe County Jail
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, Nevada  89512


The Washoe County Jail does not allow any mail to arrive in envelopes with the exception of legal mail.


Inmates at this facility cannot receive newspapers through the mail.  


Inmates at this facility can receive magazines by mail if they are mailed directly from the publisher or a bookstore. 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.


Soft-cover books may be sent to the inmate as long as they come directly from the publisher or from a reputable online source such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Washoe 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 Washoe County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call (775) 328-2952.

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 (775) 328-2952 or click here or here to see if the Washoe County 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 postcard it won't get through.

Examples of prohibited items include:

No postcards with glue, glitter or tape

No defaced or altered postcards

No plastics or wrapping on postcards

No postcards marked with paint, crayon or felt marker

No postcards with attached labels or stickers

No postcards with watermarks or stains

No postcards with any bio hazards, including perfumes, lipstick or body fluids

No postcards depicting nudity, explicit content, weapons, or gang references

No oversized postcards (larger than 4.25 x 6 inches)

No homemade postcardsCall (775) 328-2952 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Washoe County Jail
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, Nevada 89512

All mail sent to an inmate at the Washoe 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 Washoe County Jail

Inmates at this facility cannot possess photos.

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.

Click here to view contact information for the Washoe 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 (775) 328-2952 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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