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Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Name
Suffolk County Correctional Facility
110 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901

All mail sent to an inmate at the Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility 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: 631-852-4750

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility 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 Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility in Yapank, New York.

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

The Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility

Postcards

The Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility 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 Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility also allows inmates to receive letters in envelopes. The envelope must contain a return address in the left-hand upper corner or it will be rejected. Letters are to be mailed in a standard letter-sized envelope. It must not have any other marking or writing on it other than the inmate’s address and sender’s return address.

All mail must be mailed to the address below regardless of where the inmate is being housed.

Address mail as follows:

Inmate’s first name, last name, birthdate (Example:  03/16/86)

Suffolk County Correctional Facility

110 Center Drive

Riverhead, NY 11901

To confirm that the Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility still allows letters in envelopes call 631-852-4750 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

Inmates are provided current newspapers to read at the jail.

Magazines

Inmates are allowed to have magazine subscriptions. You may also send individual magazines without a subscription. Inmates are allowed to have up to five magazines in their possession at any given time. Magazines must not promote illegal activities, violence or anything else deemed a security risk. 

Books

This facility allows inmates to receive soft-cover books only. You may send them yourself or order them from a third-party vendor such as Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. All incoming mail is carefully inspected for contraband before it is given 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 Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility 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 Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 631-852-4750.

 

Items that can be mailed to an inmate:

2 Females - Night Gowns - Plain and White Only           

7 Females - Sports Bras - No Metal                                  

2 Sweat Shirts - Green or White                                         

2 Sweat Pants - Green or White                                         

2 Gym Shorts - Green or White                                           

7 Tee Shirts - White Only                                                   

2 Towels - 2' by 4' Maximum Size - White                       

2 Set of Thermals - White or Off White                            

5 Books - Paperback Only                                               

5 Magazines                                                                        

2 Newspapers - Current                                                 

15 Photos - 5"x7" Maximum Size - No Polaroid          

1 Prayer Rug                                                                   

1 Kuffi - Green or White                                               

1 Wedding Band - Plain            

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 631-852-4750 or click here or here to see if the Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

This jail will prosecute anyone who attempts to send contraband to an inmate. In addition, if you attempt to send other prohibited items, you may be banned from visiting or sending mail to the jail.

Examples of prohibited items include:

Cell phones

Food

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 631-852-4750 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Name
Suffolk County Correctional Facility
110 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901

All mail sent to an inmate at the Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility 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 631-852-4750 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility

Photos should not exceed 5 inches high x 7 inches wide.

Inmates are allowed to have 15 photos in their possession at a time.

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 631-852-4750 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.

Any mail that is deemed inappropriate or not allowable must be picked up from the jail within 30 days or it will be disposed of.

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 Suffolk County Jail - DWI Facility.



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 631-852-4750 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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