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Fairfax County Pre-Release Center Inmate Mail


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

Inmate’s full legal name, Inmate #
Fairfax County Alternative Incarceration Branch
10528-B Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

All mail sent to an inmate at the Fairfax County Pre-Release 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: 703-246-4478

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Fairfax County Pre-Release 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 Fairfax County Pre-Release Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

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

The Fairfax County Pre-Release Center has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Fairfax County Pre-Release Center

Postcards

The Fairfax County Pre-Release Center 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 Fairfax County Pre-Release Center does allow inmates to receive letters in envelopes as long as the letter an envelope comply with the rules. Address the envelope as follows:

Inmate’s full legal name, Inmate #

Fairfax County Alternative Incarceration Branch

10528-B Judicial Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030

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

Newspapers

This jail does not allows inmates to receive newspapers through the mail.

Magazines

This facility does not allow inmates to receive magazines through the mail.

Books

Inmates at this jail are not permitted to receive books through the mail.

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 703-246-4478 or click here or here to see if the Fairfax County Pre-Release 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:

Letters or envelopes with lipstick or any type of stain or liquid mark on them

Blank stationery, envelopes, post cards or greeting cards

Musical or oversized cards

Plastic cards or book markers

Money orders not filled out

Personal checks, travelers checks or cash

Gang-related material

Photographs of nude or partially clothed individuals

Stickers on letters

Stamp(s) or self-addressed stamped envelopes

Items taped or glued to letters or cards

Magazine pages, newspaper clippings or book pages (original or copies)

More than five Internet printouts

More than 10 photos in an envelope

Photos larger than 4" x 6"

Bank statements, credit card information or identifying documents

Call 703-246-4478 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

If you attempt to mail anything illegal to an inmate, you and the inmate will both face criminal charges. Illegal items include drugs or weapons.

Such contraband will be seized for prosecution purposes.

Items that are not illegal but are banned from being mailed to the inmate will be returned to sender along with the entire letter.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate’s full legal name, Inmate #
Fairfax County Alternative Incarceration Branch
10528-B Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

All mail sent to an inmate at the Fairfax County Pre-Release 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 703-246-4478 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Fairfax County Pre-Release Center

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

Send no more than five 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 703-246-4478 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 Fairfax County Pre-Release 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 703-246-4478 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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