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Hudson County Dept of Corrections Inmate Mail


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

Hudson County Dept of Corrections
35 Hackensack Avenue
Kearny, New Jersey  07032

All mail sent to an inmate at the Hudson County Dept of Corrections 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: 201-395-5600

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Hudson County Dept of Corrections 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 Hudson County Dept of Corrections in Kearny, New Jersey.

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

The Hudson County Dept of Corrections has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Hudson County Dept of Corrections

Postcards

The Hudson County Dept of Corrections 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

This facility also allows you to send letters/photos and greeting cards in envelopes to your inmate as long as the items comply with the mail restrictions listed below.

Address envelopes and post cards to:
Hudson County Department of Corrections

C/O Inmate’s first and last name and ID # (Click here to locate inmate’s ID #)

35 Hackensack Avenue

Kearny, New Jersey 07032

Newspapers

You may send newspapers to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher.

Magazines

News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher or through a third party vendor such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. 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

Softcover books can be purchased for the inmate but must be shipped directly from the publisher or an online vendor such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. If too many are sent, the jail staff will send them back. A rule of thumb is to only send one or two at a time.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Hudson County Dept of Corrections 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 Hudson County Dept of Corrections continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 201-395-5600.

Care packages

This jail does not offer inmate care packages but the policy can change at any time. Click here to see if the jail is currently offering an inmate care package program and how to make a purchase.



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 201-395-5600 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Hudson County Dept of Corrections
35 Hackensack Avenue
Kearny, New Jersey 07032

All mail sent to an inmate at the Hudson County Dept of Corrections 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 201-395-5600 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Hudson County Dept of Corrections

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

You may send as many photos as you wish but if the staff believes it is an excessive number, some of them will be returned to you. Staff recommends you send no more than 10 at a time to avoid problems.

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 201-395-5600 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.

Click here to view contact information for the Hudson County Dept of Corrections.



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.

This jail does not offer email services to inmates but the policy can change at any time.

Call 201-395-5600 or click here to see if email services are currently being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.

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