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Chester County Prison Inmate Mail

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

Chester County Prison
501 South Wawaset Road
West Chester, Pennsylvania  19382-6776

All mail sent to an inmate at the Chester County Prison 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: 610-793-1510

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Chester County Prison 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 Chester County Prison in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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

The Chester County Prison has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

Type of Mail Allowed for Chester County Prison


The Chester County Prison 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 Chester County Prison also allows inmates to receive letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes.

Mail to:

Inmate first and last name and inmate # (Click here to locate inmate’s #)

501 South Wawaset Road

West Chester, PA 19382-6776

Be sure to write a complete return address on the envelope.


You cannot mail newspapers to the inmate.


You cannot mail magazines to the inmate.


This jail allows inmates to receive books in the mail if the proper procedure is followed.
Your inmate must submit a list of books that he or she would like to receive.
The counselor will approve or reject each title.

The inmate then tells you which titles are approved.

You must order the book from Amazon.com and have it mailed directly to the facility addressed to the inmate as instructed above.

Sending any book that has not been approved will not be given to the inmate. It will be returned to Amazon or destroyed.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Chester County Prison 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 Chester County Prison continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 610-793-1510.

Care packages

This jail does not provide a care package program but the 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 610-793-1510 or click here or here to see if the Chester County Prison 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 610-793-1510 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Chester County Prison
501 South Wawaset Road
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382-6776

All mail sent to an inmate at the Chester County Prison 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 Chester County Prison

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

Your inmate is allowed to have up to 10 photos in the cell. After which the inmate must rotate old ones out to be able to receive new ones. The rotated ones will be placed in property until release.

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 610-793-1510 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.

Anything that staff feels is a threat to the security of the jail, its staff, the inmates or the public will be turned over to administrators for investigation.


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 Chester County Prison.

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 610-793-1510 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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