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Lancaster County Prison Inmate Mail

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

Lancaster County Prison
625 East King Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania  17602-3199

All mail sent to an inmate at the Lancaster 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: (717) 299-7800

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

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

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

Type of Mail Allowed for Lancaster County Prison


The Lancaster 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 Lancaster County Prison also allows inmates to receive letters, cards and photos in envelopes as long as they comply with the rules.

(Click here to locate your inmate’s ID#)

Mail to:

Inmate Name and I.D. Number

Lancaster County Prison
Drawer C
625 E. King St.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602


Rules for mailing publications.

Books, magazines and newspapers are allowed with the following guidelines in place.

All publications must be pre-approved by the mailroom. It is the inmate’s responsibility to request permission to receive the titles. This include magazines, books and newspapers. The mail room supervisor will approve or disapprove. If approved, the inmate will notify you to place the order.



You can send newspapers to an inmate, however, it must arrive through the United States Postal Service. If it is delivered any other way, or left at the jail lobby it will be discarded.


Magazines by mail are acceptable, but must come directly from a reputable online source such as Amazon.com, Books-a-Million or BarnesandNoble.com. The label must be addressed as above. 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.


You can send softcover books to the inmate, but they must come from an online source such as BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com or BooksaMillion.com.
Any publication that arrives without prior approval will not be given to the inmate. It will be held for 30 days and discarded if the inmate has not arranged to have the item shipped elsewhere.

All publications must be paid for before arriving to the jail. Anything arriving with postage due will be returned to sender.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Lancaster 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 Lancaster County Prison continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call (717) 299-7800.

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 (717) 299-7800 or click here or here to see if the Lancaster County Prison participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

If you mail your inmate is mailed anything other than a photo, letter, postcard or greeting card it won't get through.

The following types of mail are prohibited:

Anything that contains crayon, paint, lipstick, or any other foreign substance.

Mail containing perfumes, or dried liquids.

Any mail larger than 8 1/2" x 11"

A card may NOT have mechanical moving parts, music box, plastic panels, or several layers glued together.

More than five pages of information printed from the Internet in one envelope.

Personal checks or cash.

No glue, tape, staples or other methods to affix or hold things to the pages.


Any style of sticky notes such as Post-Its.

Examples of prohibited items include:

Stamps and stickers.

Musical greeting cards.

Greeting cards with multiple layers to a page.

Paper with any type of stains such as grease.

News clippings.

Photo copies of any publication, including newspaper articles, magazine pages or texts from books.

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Lancaster County Prison
625 East King Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602-3199

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

Your inmate is allowed to have five photos in his or her possession at all times.

Exception: Inmates on restricted status are not allowed to possess photos.

Photos cannot be larger than 5 X 7.

Collage styles are fine as long as they are not larger than 5 X 7 total.

You can send up to five photos at a time. If you send more than five in an envelope the entire package will be returned to you and not given to the inmate.

If your inmate already has five photos in possession and more are mailed, he or she will choose which five to keep and rotate the others out to property or mail them out.

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 (717) 299-7800 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.

Important Mail Tips

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.

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 if applicable.  

Never write anything about the inmate's court case you wouldn't want read aloud in court.

Remember, your inmate is housed with other inmates who might be able to read something you wrote in the future.

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 Lancaster 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.
At this time, the jail does not offer email services, but the policy can change at any time in the future.

Call (717) 299-7800 or click here to see if email services are currently being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.

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