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Dauphin County Prison Inmate Mail


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

Dauphin County Prison
Inmate's Full Name
501 Mall Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

All mail sent to an inmate at the Dauphin 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.

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The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Dauphin 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 Dauphin County Prison in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Dauphin County Prison

Postcards

The Dauphin 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.

Envelopes

The Dauphin County Prison also allows letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes to be mailed to inmates.

You must include a return address on the upper left hand corner of the envelope or it will be returned to the post office.

Mail to:
Dauphin County Prison
Inmate's Full Name
501 Mall Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Newspapers

Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher. The inmate can have up to five newspapers and or magazines in possession.

Magazines

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

You can purchase books for the inmate but they must be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com or the bookstore you purchased it from. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.

Inmates may have up to three books in addition to a bible or Quaran in possession at all times.

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

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 or click here or here to see if the Dauphin 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 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Dauphin County Prison
Inmate's Full Name
501 Mall Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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

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

Send no more than 10 photos at one time.

Inmates are allowed to have 10 photos in possession at any time. Any overflow photos must go to property storage or be mailed out at the inmate’s expense.

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 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

Inmates at this jail are only allowed to keep up to 12 personal letters in their possession. All other letters must be sent to the property storage room until the inmate’s release or mailed out of the jail at the inmate’s expense.

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 Dauphin 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 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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