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Franklin County Jail I Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name
Franklin County Corrections Center I
370 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215

All mail sent to an inmate at the Franklin County Jail I 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: 614-525-3340

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Franklin County Jail I 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 Franklin County Jail I in Columbus, Ohio.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Franklin County Jail I

Postcards

The Franklin County Jail I 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 Franklin County Jail I does allow inmates to receive letters mailed in envelopes. The letter cannot be altered with glitter, stickers, perfume, etc.  There is no limit to the number of letters an inmate can receive.

Address the envelope to:
Inmate’s first and last name

C/O Franklin County Jail I

370 S. Front Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

 

Newspapers

This facility does not permit inmates to receive newspapers by mail. .

Magazines

This facility does not permit inmates to receive any magazines through the mail. .

Books

This facility does not allow inmates to receive books through the mail.

Care packages

This jail does not contract with a vendor to provide care packages to inmates, however, this policy can change at any time.

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 614-525-3340 or click here or here to see if the Franklin County Jail I 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.

Staff members discourage the mailing of greeting cards unless the card is plain. If it contains glitter, stickers, raised embossing or is musical it will be rejected and not make it to the inmate.

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 614-525-3340 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name
Franklin County Corrections Center I
370 S. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215

All mail sent to an inmate at the Franklin County Jail I 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 614-525-3340 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Franklin County Jail I

Inmates at this jail are not permitted to receive photos by mail or have photos in their possession. If you send photos they will be returned to you or discarded and not make it to the inmate.

Call 614-525-3340 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 Franklin County Jail I.



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 614-525-3340 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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