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Niagara County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Niagara County Jail
5526 Niagara Street Ext
Lockport, New York  14095

All mail sent to an inmate at the Niagara 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: (716) 438-3446

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Niagara 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 Niagara County Jail in Lockport, New York.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Niagara County Jail

Inmates at this jail may receive envelopes containing letters, greeting cards and photographs.

You must include a return address on the envelope or it will be discarded.

Address all mail to:

Inmate’s first and last name
C/O Niagara County Jail

5526 Niagara Street Ext

Lockport, New York 14095

Newspapers

You may purchase a subscription for an inmate and have it mailed to the jail.

Magazines

You can send magazines from bookstores, online vendors, etc.  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

This jail allows you to send books directly to the inmate. You can also purchase books from online vendors such as Amazon.com or bookstores and have them sent to the inmate.  

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Niagara 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 Niagara County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call (716) 438-3446.

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 does not have a care package program. The policy can change in the future.

Call (716) 438-3446 or click here or here to see if the Niagara 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 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 (716) 438-3446 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Niagara County Jail
5526 Niagara Street Ext
Lockport, New York 14095

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

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

Send no more than seven photos at one time.

When an inmate has collected seven photos, he or she must choose which ones to move into property.

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 (716) 438-3446 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

Anything that staff feels is a threat to the security of the jail, its staff, the inmates or the public will be turned over to administrators for investigation.

Mail is scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.

You should go on the assumption 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 Niagara County Jail.



Emailing an Inmate

This jail does not have an inmate email program. The policy can be changed in the future.

Call (716) 438-3446 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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