When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Galveston County Jail
5700 Avenue H
Galveston, Texas 77551-4137
All mail sent to an inmate at the Galveston 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: 409-766-2315
The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Galveston 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 Galveston County Jail in Galveston, Texas.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.
The Galveston County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.
The Galveston 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.
The Galveston County Jail also allows inmates to receive photos, greeting cards and letters in envelopes. You must include a complete return address in the upper left corner of the envelope.
Mail it to:
Williamson County Jail
Inmate's Last Name, First Name, Date of Birth (DOB)
P.O. Box 2119
Georgetown, TX 78627
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher. You must purchase a subscription, you cannot send individual editions.
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. These most also be a full subscription. 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.
This jail 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 Galveston 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 Galveston County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 409-766-2315.
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 jail does not have a care package program but the policy can change at any time in the future.
Call 409-766-2315 or click here or here to see if the Galveston County Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.
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.
Greeting cards that are not plain, such as those containing glitter, glued parts or ribbons.
Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered.
Paper with any type of stains such as grease.
Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.
Call 409-766-2315 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.
Galveston County Jail
5700 Avenue H
Galveston, Texas 77551-4137
All mail sent to an inmate at the Galveston 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 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.
Photos should not exceed 5 inches high x 7 inches wide.
Inmates are allowed to have up to 25 photos in possession at a time.
Staff strongly suggests you send no more than 10 at a time so that they can process them and get them to the inmate quickly.
Inmates receiving more photos after collecting 25 may choose which photos to send to property to be held.
Inmates are allowed to have stored photos retrieved from property as long as more are placed in to keep the inmate’s photos in possession to no more than 25.
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 409-766-2315 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.
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.
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 Galveston County Jail.
This jail contracts with Securus Technologies to provide inmates a way to receive email from friends and family.
You must register a free account and the emails are then purchased before they are written or sent.
Click here to start registering your free account and to view the price of email packages.
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 409-766-2315 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.