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Fort Bend County Detention Facility Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name, ID #
Fort Bend County Detention Facility
1410 Williams Way Blvd.
Richmond, TX 77469

All mail sent to an inmate at the Fort Bend County Detention Facility 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: 281-341-4730

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Fort Bend County Detention Facility 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 Fort Bend County Detention Facility in Richmond, Texas.

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

The Fort Bend County Detention Facility has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Fort Bend County Detention Facility

Postcards

The Fort Bend County Detention Facility 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 Fort Bend County Detention Facility allows inmates to receive letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes.

Address the envelope to:
Inmate first and last name and ID #   (Click here to get the ID #)
1410 Williams Way

Richmond, TX 77469

Newspapers

You cannot send newspapers to inmates at this facility.

Magazines

You cannot send magazines to an inmate at this facility.

Books

You can send softcover books to inmates at this facility. They can be sent directly from the publisher, an online vendor like Amazon.com or you can send them yourself.

The books must be new.

All books go will be shown to the jail Chaplain who will determine if it is appropriate reading material for the inmate. If approved, it will be forwarded to the inmate. If not, it will be sent back.

Books must NOT contain images or content that is considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Fort Bend County Detention Facility 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 Fort Bend County Detention Facility continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 281-341-4730.

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.

This facility offers care packages for inmates through ICARE.com. Care packages are pre-packaged items that are given to the inmate together. Food, stationery items, clothing, personal hygiene items and holiday treats are examples of care packages.

Click here to view prices and register to purchase if you decide to buy one.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Examples of prohibited items include:

Anything the staff feels threatens jail security.

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 281-341-4730 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name, ID #
Fort Bend County Detention Facility
1410 Williams Way Blvd.
Richmond, TX 77469

All mail sent to an inmate at the Fort Bend County Detention Facility 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 281-341-4730 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Fort Bend County Detention Facility

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

Jail staff will decide If the number of photos sent is excessive.  Send a few at a 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 281-341-4730 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.

Ignoring the mail rules could get the inmate punished. In addition you can lose your mail privileges at this jail.

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 Fort Bend County Detention Facility.



Emailing an Inmate

This jail does offer an email method to communicate with inmates. It is done through ICARE.com.

Your inmate has the ability to respond to your emails.

You must register an account.
Click here to view prices and rules about emailing your inmate.

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 quickly and send responses immediately.

Jail staffs like 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 filtering 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 have been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.

Call 281-341-4730 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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