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Lakewood Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name & SO Number
Cuyahoga County Jail
P.O. Box 5600
Cleveland, OH 44101

All mail sent to an inmate at the Lakewood 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: 216-529-6758

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Lakewood 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 Lakewood Jail in Lakewood, Ohio.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Lakewood Jail

Postcards

The Lakewood Jail allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They are also allowed to receive letters mailed in envelopes.  

To confirm that the Lakewood Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 216-529-6758 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Address the letter:

Inmate’s first and last name - inmate

C/O Lakewood Jail

12650 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood, Ohio  44107

Include a complete return address on the upper left corner of the envelope.

Newspapers

You cannot mail newspapers to the inmate but you may bring one or two to the jail and ask that they be given to the inmate.

Magazines

You cannot mail magazines or subscriptions to inmates, but you can bring one or two to the jail and request they be given to the inmate. News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. 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

No books are accepted by mail but you are allowed to bring one or two softback books to the jail and request that they be 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 Lakewood 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.

The reason for only allowing one or two of each item is that if the inmate is later transferred to county jail, the only thing they can bring with them is the clothing they are wearing. Therefore, the jail does not allow them to accumulate much at this jail.

To confirm that the Lakewood Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 216-529-6758.

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 216-529-6758 or click here or here to see if the Lakewood 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 216-529-6758 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name & SO Number
Cuyahoga County Jail
P.O. Box 5600
Cleveland, OH 44101

All mail sent to an inmate at the Lakewood 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 Lakewood Jail

Jail staff would prefer you not send any photos to the inmate.
Inmates here are typically transferred to county jail at some point and will not be allowed to take photos with them. In addition, there is nowhere in this jail for inmates to hang or display photos.  

Call 216-529-6758 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.

Remember not to send photos or altered mail as it will be discarded or sent back and the inmate will not receive it.

Click here to view contact information for the Lakewood 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 216-529-6758 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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