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Harris County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Harris County Jail

Houston, Texas  77002

All mail sent to an inmate at the Harris 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: 713-755-5300

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Harris 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 Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas.

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

The Harris County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Harris County Jail

Postcards & Letters

The Harris County Jail allows inmates to receive letters and postcards. 

Your letter should be handwritten. Computer printed letters might be rejected as photocopied images.

Postcards can be purchased already stamped (Pre-metered) or you can send those that you put stamps on. (Stamps are removed before the inmate receives the postcard or letter).  

Both letters and postcards are rejected by staff if altered in any way including: lipstick marks, perfumed, stickers or glue.

Rejected mail is thrown away and the inmate will not receive it.

Envelopes

The Harris County Jail allows inmates to receive mailed letters in envelopes. Staff members will inspect all incoming and outgoing mail for contraband or other issues, including certain phrases, security risks etc.

To confirm that the Harris County Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 713-755-5300 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

This facility allows inmates to receive newspaper subscriptions as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher.  Each inmate is can have a combination of four newspaper/magazine subscriptions at a time.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive newspaper subscriptions before the first one is received.

Magazines

This facility allows inmates to receive newspaper subscriptions as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher.  Each inmate is can have a combination of four newspaper/magazine subscriptions at a time. They cannot cannot contain pornographic images or nude photos.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive magazine subscriptions before the first one is received.

Books

Softcover books can be sent to inmates as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher or approved online vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. There is a limit of four books in an inmate’s possession at any given time.

Books must NOT contain images or content considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Harris 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.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive books before the first one is mailed.

 

All incoming mail must include:

  • Sender’s first and last name and complete address
  • The complete name of the inmate that was used for booking.
  • Inmate’s SPN number
  • Inmate’s housing facility
  • Inmate’s cell block location

Mail it to:

Harris County Jail

Inmate first and last name – SPN number

Housing facility and cell block location

       14350 Wallisville Rd

       Houston, TX 77049

 

 

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 713-755-5300 or click here or here to see if the Harris County Jail 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 or postcard, it won't get through. .

Examples of prohibited items at this facility include:

Greeting cards

Envelopes (Other than properly addressed envelopes that contain letters or photos for the inmate)

 Pens

 Obscene pictures (Pictures depicting FULL or PARTIAL nudity)

 Pencils

 Perfumed letters

 Markers

 Packages

 Newspapers (Other than approved subscriptions)

Stickers

Cash or money orders

Food or personal hygiene items

Contraband

Stamps

Computer-generated materials downloaded from the Internet

 Photocopied images or facsimiles

Medicine

Call 713-755-5300 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Harris County Jail

Houston, Texas 77002

All mail sent to an inmate at the Harris 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.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Harris County Jail

Photos should not exceed 5 X 7 inches.

Send no more than five photos at one time.

Prohibited items include:

Polaroid photos

Photos of weapons, drugs, alcohol or nudity

Photos of lewd behavior or people exhibiting too much skin is prohibited.

Call 713-755-5300 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.

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 Harris County Jail.



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 713-755-5300 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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