Prisoner Mail Policy will be updated with new requirements

Mail - Sending Mail to a Prisoner

Prisoner mail is identified as any written, typed or printed communication of information, including magazines, catalogs, books and photographs.   Mail is prohibited if it is a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the facility, may facilitate or encourage criminal activity, or may interfere with the rehabilitation of the prisoner. For detailed information about prohibited mail see MDOC PD 05.03.118 - Prisoner Mail.

When writing to a prisoner using the US Postal Service, the envelope must include the address of the facility where the prisoner is located as well as the offender's name and MDOC number. If you do not know this information, you can search the OTIS Database, located on the MDOC's website ( Below is an example: 

John A. Smith, #123456

Michigan Correctional Facility

123 Prison Street

Anytown, MI 48909

The following also applies to mail sent to a prisoner confined in the Michigan Department of Corrections:

  • Personal mail will be removed from the original envelope and placed in a plain envelope for delivery.  The original envelope will be discarded.
  • You should include the prisoner’s name, MDOC identification number and your return address on both the envelope and the mail which is included in the envelope.
  • Mail containing stains of any type including but not limited to perfume, lipstick, oily substances, watermarks, body fluids, etc., are not allowed.
  • Only mail written in blue or black ink or lead pencil is permitted.  Mail written in marker, crayon, paint, glitter, chalk, charcoal or colored inks is not permitted.
  • Mail must not contain glue/paste or nontransparent tape of any type.
  • ­­Greeting cards must be no larger than 6” x 8”, single fold, commercially produced with no embellishments, including but not limited to cutouts, jewels, raised areas, etc.
  • Photographs are allowed only if printed on white, standard weight paper; no cardstock or photo paper.

Additional information regarding prisoner mail can be found in PD 05.03.118 - Prisoner Mail Policy.