General Mail

Our inmate mail policy has changed. Please view the updated policy.

Please review carefully prior to sending additional mail.

What am I allowed to mail an inmate in prison?

The policies and procedures on inmate mail are posted below for your information.

General Mail

You may correspond with an inmate via the U.S. Mail or through email using the J Pay service explained below. For correspondence sent through the postal service, please include his or her inmate number on the front of the envelope. The inmate number can be obtained by calling Central Inmate Records at 614-752-1080 or you can use our online tool.

Prison addresses can be found by locating the institution on our institutions page.

JPay Email Option

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction uses an innovative electronic mail system to allow family and friends to use modern day email applications to correspond with their incarcerated loved one.   To be clear, this program does NOT provide inmates with direct email access.  Rather, it allows those who wish to correspond with an inmate to enter into a subscription through a third-party website, at a cost substantially less than the postal service, and that company will serve as the vehicle to manage emails between inmates and their loved ones.    

Please visit JPay for additional information.

Please note that the JPay service should not be used by attorneys to communicate with inmates, as the mail will not be treated as confidential.

Offender Packages

The Inmate Food and Sundry Package program is subject to our Inmate Personal Property Policy.  The limits were revised effective October 24, 2014.

Inmates may order and receive food and sundry packages from vendors approved by the Director or designee.  Keefe Group/Access SecurepakUnion Supply Direct, and Walkenhorsts are approved vendors authorized to provide food and sundry packages to inmates housed in Ohio prisons. 

Food and Sundry packages ordered for inmates are required to be ordered through Keefe Group/Access Securepak, Union Supply Direct, or Walkenhorsts.  Inmates have access to catalogs, flyers, and order forms for the programs at the institutions.

Family members, friends and others (regardless of their inclusion on the inmate’s approved visitation list) may order food and/or sundry packages, subject to the limitations of AR 5120-9-33, from the approved vendor or vendors, for the benefit of a designated inmate.

Institutions provide inmates with a list of items they may receive. The list may vary from prison to prison.  It is the responsibility of the inmate to provide family members, friends, and others with the list and the proper mailing guidelines.

Mail and Visiting Restrictions

Please download the latest document outlining limits for offenders that have been placed on mail or visiting restrictions.