Inmate Mail

Sending Mail to an Inmate

All incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband and incoming funds. The Detention Services Division is not responsible for delays or errors on the part of the U.S. Postal Service in the daily delivery of mail. Please note that when an inmate has been released or transferred, further incoming mail is returned to the sender; mail is not forwarded. Send money to an inmate.

Can I Send an Inmate a Book?

We allow paperback books to be sent to inmates directly from a publisher. They could also be mailed directly from a company like Amazon. They are only allowed four books in their cell at a time, so we would not be able to accept more than four books at any given time.

The books should be sent to:

Inmate Name & JCID number (if known)
P.O. Box 16700
Golden, CO.  80402-6700

Books can also be donated to the book library by being delivered to: 

200 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO  80401
Phone: 303-271-5444

Mail Restrictions

There is no limit on the number of letters an inmate may receive, but there are size and content restrictions Outgoing or incoming mail may be rejected and returned to sender if there is reason to believe that it may contain restricted materials or is in excess. If any item is denied it is returned to sender and the inmate is informed in writing. Restricted materials include:

  • Plans for the introduction of contraband
  • Plans for criminal activity
  • Threats of extortion
  • Instruction for the manufacture of weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, explosives or alcohol beverages
  • Plans for escape or unauthorized entry
  • Codes not understood by the scanner, to include gang graffiti or "tagging"
  • Plans for activities in violation of facility rules
  • Information, which if communicated, would create serious danger of violence and/or harm to any person
  • Mail that contains potentially infectious and/or offensive materials (body fluids, etc.)
  • Material that promotes racial conflict or discrimination
  • Materials that may disrupt the operation and / or safety and security of the facility
  • Illegal gang materials
  • Envelopes larger than legal size 8 by 14 inches
  • Stickers, stamps, envelopes, blank paper, laminated plastic, newspaper / magazine clippings, musical cards, cards larger than 8 by 11 inches
  • Sexually explicit photos
  • An excess of three pictures, or photos larger than 4 by 6 inches
  • Polaroid pictures
  • Personal checks, credit cards or money orders not procured through U.S. or International Postal services (acceptable funds are listed on the Sending Money to Inmates webpage)
  • Any book or magazine

Legal Mail

Incoming legal mail must be clearly marked on the envelope "Legal Mail" and the address of the sender must be typed or printed to indicate the source or origin.

Incoming legal mail will be inspected in the presence of the inmate to whom it is addressed.

Addressing Inmate Mail

Inmate mail should be addressed with the inmate's full name and the below address:
Inmate's full name
P.O. Box 16700
Golden, CO 80402-6700