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Dallas County Sheriff

Inmate Mail


Inmates may receive mail. Proper addressing of incoming mail is very important. Mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate’s name and book-in number: John Doe #05123456
Inmate's location: Tank #11 S 14
P.O. Box # 660334
Dallas, Texas 75266-0334

Money (money orders and checks) will not be accepted at this address. It will be returned to sender if sent. For information on adding money to an inmates account, navigate to the Inmate Money page.

Sender should include their full name and return address, in case the inmate has been released. Mail is not forwarded to the inmate once he/she has been released. Mail for released inmates is returned to sender or sent to the dead letter department at the U.S. Post Office. Legal mail will be opened in the inmate’s presence.
  • Inmates are allowed to receive books, magazines, or newspapers sent from a bookstore (Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Borders or directly from a publisher) not from any other private company. There is a five book maximum that an inmate can receive daily.
Items prohibited from being received through the mail are, but not limited to the following:
  • Any items not lawfully obtained or possessed under terms outlined in the Texas Penal Code are considered illegal material.
  • Glue, paperclips, clasps, staples, magnets, stickers, tape, plastic, wood, cloth, glass, ribbon, liquids, metal, electronic devices, or any like material.
  • Writing materials such as stamps, blank paper, envelopes, pens, pencils, or stationary.
  • Unsigned greeting cards.
  • Greeting cards larger than 8”x10”.
  • Greeting cards that contain padding, musical device, metal clasps, plastic, string, ribbon, confetti, glitter, or laminated items.
  • Photographs larger than 8”x10”.
  • Polaroid photographs.
  • Photos depicting obscenity, violence, pornography, or of a sexually enticing nature.
  • Profanity (on the envelope).
  • Tobacco or tobacco products.
  • Bus passes, bookmarks, or calling cards.
  • Perishable items.
  • Clothing.
  • Stains or unidentifiable marks.
  • Writing/drawing in crayon, marker, or colored pencils.
  • Mail identified as Legal Mail, but contained non-legal material.
  • Books that were not shipped from the publisher or the bookstore.
  • Any items that by design restricts the ability to perform an effective search.
  • Any items that have no value or are of no use to the inmate while incarcerated in this facility.
  • Jewelry.
  • Any items with a glued surface or backing.
  • Any items that may not be readily determined as to their nature or description.
Items of inflammatory nature described as follows:
  1. Contain information regarding or the depiction of the manufacture or likeness of explosives, weapons or drugs.
  2. Contain material that a reasonable person, could construe as written solely for the purpose of communicating information designed to achieve the breakdown of prisoners through inmate disruption such as strikes, riots or escapes.
  3. If the material leads to specific factual determination that the material is detrimental to a prisoner’s rehabilitation because it encourages deviate sexual behavior.