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Washington County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Name, Booking Number
Washington County Jail
215 SW Adams, MS 32
Hillsboro, OR 97123-3874

All mail sent to an inmate at the Washington 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: 503-846-6826

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Washington 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 Washington County Jail in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Washington County Jail

Postcards

The Washington 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 Washington County Jail also allows you to send letters and greeting cards in envelopes to your inmate.

Address the envelope to:
Inmate’s first and last name and booking ID# (Click
here to get the booking number)

Washington County Jail
215 SW Adams, MS 32
Hillsboro, Oregon  97123

You must always include a complete return address in the upper left corner of the envelope or the mail will be rejected.

Newspapers

Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.

Magazines

This jail allows you to send news, special interest or sports magazines to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher or online vendor such as amazon.com.  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

This facility will allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Washington 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 Washington County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 503-846-6826.

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.

Inmates at this jail are not allowed to receive care packages. The policy can change in the future.

Call 503-846-6826 or click here or here to see if the Washington County 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 503-846-6826 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Name, Booking Number
Washington County Jail
215 SW Adams, MS 32
Hillsboro, OR 97123-3874

All mail sent to an inmate at the Washington 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 503-846-6826 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Washington County Jail

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

Send no more than six 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 503-846-6826 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

There is no limit to the number of letters an inmate can send and receive.

Inmates are prohibited from sending or receiving correspondence from inmates in this or any other penal facility.

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 Washington County Jail.



Emailing an Inmate

This jail does not provide email for the inmates, but does contract with TelMate which allows you to send written messages to the inmate electronically. You must register a free account and then pay for each message you send. Click here to register an account and view current pricing.

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