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Hidalgo County Detention Center Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name
Hidalgo County Detention Center
701 El Cibolo Road
Edinburg, TX 78541

All mail sent to an inmate at the Hidalgo County Detention Center 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: 956-383-8114

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Hidalgo County Detention Center 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 Hidalgo County Detention Center in Edinburg, Texas.

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

The Hidalgo County Detention Center has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Hidalgo County Detention Center

Postcards

The Hidalgo County Detention Center allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards. You can purchase them at 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 Hidalgo County Detention Center also allows inmates to receive letters in envelopes.

If you send greeting cards, the staff will open it in front of the inmate, allow the inmate to read it and then place it in the inmate’s property to take with him or her upon release or transfer.

Address mail to:

Hidalgo County Detention Center

C/O inmates first and last name
701 El Cibolo Road
Edinburg, Texas  78541

Be sure to include a complete return address on the upper left corner of the envelope.

To confirm that the Hidalgo County Detention Center still allows letters in envelopes call 956-383-8114 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

Inmates are not allowed to receive newspapers.

Magazines

This jail does not allow inmates to receive any magazines.

Books

Inmates at this facility are prohibited from receiving books in the mail.

They are encouraged to get books, magazines and newspapers from the jail library.

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.

The jail does not participate in a care package program, but the policy can change in the future.

Call 956-383-8114 or click here or here to see if the Hidalgo County Detention Center 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.

Greeting cards for the inmate to keep.

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 956-383-8114 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name
Hidalgo County Detention Center
701 El Cibolo Road
Edinburg, TX 78541

All mail sent to an inmate at the Hidalgo County Detention Center 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 956-383-8114 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Hidalgo County Detention Center

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

Send no more than three photos at one 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 956-383-8114 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

All greeting cards are opened in front of guards, read and then placed in property.

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 Hidalgo County Detention Center.



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 956-383-8114 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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