When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Cincinnati City Jail
310 Ezzard Charles Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
All mail sent to an inmate at the Cincinnati City 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: 513-946-6300
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Cincinnati City 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 Cincinnati City Jail in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.
The Cincinnati City Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.
The Cincinnati City 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.
The Cincinnati City Jail may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.
To confirm that the Cincinnati City Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 513-946-6300 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.
Inmate’s first and last name and ID# (Click here to get the ID#)
Hamilton County Justice Center
900 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Include a complete return address in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope.
Inmates are not permitted to receive newspapers through the mail at this facility.
You can purchase magazines or subscriptions for your inmate as long as it is mailed directly from the publisher to the jail and contains the inmate’s name and ID#. 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.
This jail allows inmates to receive books in the mail but they must be mailed directly from the publisher to the inmate and must include the inmate’s name and ID #.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Cincinnati City 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 Cincinnati City Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 513-946-6300.
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 offer care packages. The policy can change at any time.
Call 513-946-6300 or click here or here to see if the Cincinnati City Jail currently participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.
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.
Glued or taped items.
Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered.
Paper with any type of stains such as grease.
Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.
The following items are allowed.
Money orders and cashier’s checks (NO PERSONAL CHECKS and NO CASH)
Books/magazines mailed from publisher or bookstore (NO hardbound books or publications of a violent or sexual nature)
Plain small greeting cards (no glitter or glued items)
Pads of paper (no wire)
Pictures (5″x7″ or smaller (no Polaroid, gang related or sexually suggestive)
Prescription glasses/contacts w/ soft case
Bible/Qu’ran/Torah (no hardbound)
Cushioned mailers are NOT accepted.
Call 513-946-6300 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.
Cincinnati City Jail
310 Ezzard Charles Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
All mail sent to an inmate at the Cincinnati City 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 513-946-6300 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.
Photos should not exceed 5 X 7.
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 513-946-6300 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.
Mail is always scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.
Incoming mail will be inspected. Anything that is believed to pose a security risk to the inmates or jail staff will be returned to the sender in its entirety.
Continuing to mail things that must be returned could get the inmate in trouble and get your mailing privileges banned.
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 Cincinnati City Jail.
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 513-946-6300 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.