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Franklin County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Franklin County Jail
1016 North 4th Avenue
Pasco, Washington  99301

All mail sent to an inmate at the Franklin 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: 509.545.3501

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Franklin 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 Franklin County Jail in Pasco, Washington.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Franklin County Jail

Postcards

The Franklin County Jail only allows inmates to receive postcards in the mail. Legal mail can arrive in an envelope but will be verified as legal mail (Not read) prior to the inmate taking it back to his area.

Newspapers

Inmates cannot receive newspapers at this facility.

Magazines

Magazines cannot be mailed to inmates here.

Books

Books cannot be mailed to inmates at this jail.

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 jail has not offered a care package program but this can change in the future.

Call 509.545.3501 or click here or here to see if the Franklin County Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

If anything is mailed to an inmate other than a postcard, the inmate will not receive it. It will be sent back to you. If there is no return address on it, the staff will discard it.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Franklin County Jail
1016 North 4th Avenue
Pasco, Washington 99301

All mail sent to an inmate at the Franklin 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 Franklin County Jail

This jail does not allow inmates to have photos in their possession. If you mail photos they will be returned to you.



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.

Don’t waste money on greeting cards, postcards or stationery, as the inmate will never see it. The only correspondence you can send is a postcard. And it must have a return address in the upper left corner or it will be discarded.



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 509.545.3501 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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