Incarcerated people can receive mail from friends and family members. Some restrictions might apply to your mail. These rules keep contraband out of Philadelphia’s prisons.
To send mail to a person who is incarcerated, you need:
- The address of the facility they are in.
- The inmate’s ID number.
Letters, cards, or postcards
- Use only pencil or pen to write your message. Do not use crayons or markers.
- Write your letters on plain white paper. Colored paper, construction paper, or other specialty papers are not permitted.
- Send your letters in a plain white envelope.
- No more than two decorative stickers are allowed on each envelope.
- Do not include any glitter on the card or in the envelope.
- Photos must be 5 in. x 7 in. or smaller.
- Photos must not feature nudity, weapons, money, or drug use.
- Inmates are allowed to have up to five pictures.
Books, magazines, or newspapers
- All books, magazines, and newspapers must come directly from third-party sellers. Acceptable vendors include Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc.
- No hardback books are allowed.
- No packages are allowed.
Where and when
Use the following format to address your mail:
John Doe PPN#123456
7901 State Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19136