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Westchester County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Westchester County Department of Correction
Inmate's Full Name
PO Box 10 - Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

All mail sent to an inmate at the Westchester 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: 914-231-1400

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Westchester 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 Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, New York.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Westchester County Jail

Postcards

The Westchester 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 Westchester County Jail also allows letters and greeting cards to be mailed in envelopes to inmates as long as the envelope and contents comply with the jail mail policies.

Address the envelope to:

Inmate’s first and last name

Inmate’s ID number (Click here to get the inmate’s ID number)

Woods Road

PO Box 10

Valhalla, NY 10595

To confirm that the Westchester County Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 914-231-1400 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

This facility does not allow Inmates to receive newspapers by mail.

Magazines

Inmates can receive magazines by mail as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher and are address properly. 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

Books can be sent to inmates but must come directly from the publisher if they are to be mailed.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Westchester 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 Westchester County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 914-231-1400.

Care packages

Inmates may receive one package every 30 days.

This jail contracts with ICARE that allows the choosing and purchase of inmate care packages.

Click here to view what each package contains and the price list.  You must use a debit or credit card to make any purchases. The package is sent directly to the jail and given to the inmate.

In addition, the following items may be left for inmates at the jail lobby Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exception: Closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your valid, government-issued photo ID with you.

Packages must be sent with return address and return postage guaranteed, or they will not be accepted.

No UPS, FedEx, or Express mail packages will be signed for by this department.

All items received will be subject to physical, electronic and fluoroscope search. 

No food items will be accepted.

No alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or items the possession of which constitutes an offense under applicable Federal, State or local laws, or any article, which is readily capable to constituting a threat to the safety or security of the facility will be permitted. 

Approved items for male inmates:

Toiletries

Contact lenses and solution

Eyeglasses (prescription ONLY and plastic frames)

Linen

(2) Face cloths, white only, no full-size or hand towels

Religious items (1 each)

Soft-covered book (Bible, Koran, etc.)

Cross, medallion or other regulated religious article, no dimension larger than 1.5 inches

Religious head wrap

Small prayer rug, approximately 3 feet by 3 feet

Hobby Materials

(1) Drawing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Colored pencils, non-retractable, golf size only, no crayons or magic markers

Court Clothes

An inmate’s existing court clothes must be given to a family member or otherwise disposed of before the department will accept additional clothes.

Clothing

(6) T-shirts (white only), no tank tops, no pockets, no long sleeves, brand new in sealed package

(2) Pairs pajama sets, no blue or black, no draw strings, no pockets, no fleece, no ‘novelties’ such as cartoon characters or sports logos

(2) Pairs thermal underwear sets (white or off white only), no pockets, brand new in sealed package

(6) Pairs socks (white only) brand new in sealed package

(6) Underwear (white only) brand new in sealed package

(1) Pair shower slippers, no Velcro, no gel or air bubbles, no ‘Crocs’

(1) Pair sneakers, Adidas© or Reebok© brand only, black or white color only. Only sneakers comparable to those sold in the Department of Correction's commissary will be accepted via packages and must comply with the following restrictions. The department reserves the right to refuse to accept sneakers that do not conform to these restrictions. Inmates may only possess one (1) pair of sneakers and one (1) pair of laces at any given time. Additional pairs/laces will be treated as contraband and confiscated.

Only new-in-package Adidas© or Reebok© brand sneakers with a value of sixty dollars ($60.00) MSRP or less

Black or white in color only (including laces)

No removable inner soles, pockets, air pumps, hollow soles, metal or hard plastic of any kind (arch supports, lace grommets, etc.), gel/air bubbles or after-market inserts (i.e. Dr. Scholl’s © inserts or other orthotics)

Miscellaneous

(5) Books, soft cover only

(1) Writing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Envelopes, blank or printed postage only, no stamps

(5) Newspapers, no local paper

(5) Magazines/journals, no explicit magazines

(12) Personal photos, no Polaroids, no explicit pictures

 (12) Greeting cards

 (10) Cassette tapes, factory sealed

 (1) Walkman type AM/FM cassette player (factory sealed) no metal headphones, no clock, no antenna or external speaker, no oversized headphones

 (4) Batteries, any brand

Acceptable Items for Female Inmates

Toilet articles (1 of each)

Contact lenses and solution

Eyeglasses (prescription ONLY and plastic frames)

Mascara

Eye pencils/shadow, no mirrored compacts

Perm and hair relaxer kits, no lye

Linen

(2) Face cloths, white only, no full-size or hand towels

Religious items (1 of each)

Soft-covered book (Bible, Koran, etc.)

Cross, medallion or other regulated religious article, no dimension larger than 1.5 inches

Religious head wrap

Small prayer rug, approximately 3 feet by 3 feet

Hobby Materials

(1) Drawing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Colored pencils, non-retractable, golf size only, no crayons or magic markers

Court Clothes

 An inmate’s existing court clothes must be given to a family member or otherwise disposed of before the department will accept additional clothes.

General Clothing

(6) T-shirts (white only), no tank tops, no pockets, no long sleeves, brand new in sealed package

(6) Pairs underwear (white only) brand new in sealed package

(6) Pairs socks (white only) brand new in sealed package

(2) Pairs pajama sets, no blue or black, no draw strings, no pockets, no fleece, no ‘novelties’ such as cartoon characters or sports logos

(2) Night Gowns, no blue or black, no draw strings, no pockets

(2) Pairs thermal underwear sets (white or off white only), no pockets, brand new in sealed package

(3) Brassieres, no under wire, no padded, color white only

(1) Bathrobe no blue or black, no pockets, no sash

(1) Pair shower slippers, no Velcro, no gel or air bubbles, no ‘Crocs’

(1) Pair sneakers, Adidas© or Reebok© brand only, black or white color only. Only sneakers comparable to those sold in the Department of Correction's commissary will be accepted via packages and must comply with the following restrictions. The department reserves the right to refuse to accept sneakers that do not conform with these restrictions. Inmates may only possess one (1) pair of sneakers and one (1) pair of laces at any given time. Additional pairs/laces will be treated as contraband and confiscated.

Only new-in-package Adidas© or Reebok© brand sneakers with a value of sixty dollars ($60.00) MSRP or less

Black or white in color only (including laces)

No removable inner soles, pockets, air pumps, hollow soles, metal or hard plastic of any kind (arch supports, lace grommets, etc.), gel/air bubbles or after-market inserts (i.e. Dr. Scholl’s © inserts or other orthotics)

Miscellaneous

(5) Books, soft cover only

(1) Writing pad, no spiral bindings or other metal fasteners

(12) Envelopes, blank or printed postage only, no stamps

(5) Newspapers, no local paper

(5) Magazines/journals, no explicit magazines

(12) Personal photos, no Polaroids, no explicit pictures

(12) Greeting cards

(10) Cassette tapes, factory sealed

(1) Walkman type AM/FM cassette player (factory sealed) no metal headphones, no clock, no antenna or external speaker, no oversized headphones

(4) Batteries, any brand



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

All mail is opened and inspected. If you mail prohibited items, they will not reach the inmate. If you continue to attempt to mail these items, you could lose your privilege to mail things to inmates. In addition, the inmate could be punished.

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 914-231-1400 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Westchester County Department of Correction
Inmate's Full Name
PO Box 10 - Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

All mail sent to an inmate at the Westchester 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 914-231-1400 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Westchester County Jail

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

Send no more than five photos at one 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 914-231-1400 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 Westchester 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 914-231-1400 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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