Mail - Sending Mail to a Prisoner

Per PD 05.03.118 - Prisoner Mail, mail is considered any written, typed or printed communication of information, including magazines, catalogs, books and photographs.  Stamps, stickers, and similar items do not communicate information and thus are not considered mail for purposes of this policy even if delivered through the mail.   

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 which includes:  Mail violating federal or state law, mail violating postal regulations, mail containing physical contraband, which is defined as any property that a prisoner is not specifically authorized to possess or that is from an unauthorized source, mail containing a criminal plan or conspiracy, mail containing threats, mail addressed to anyone who has objected to receiving mail from the prisoner sending the mail, mail describing or depicting sexual acts or nude photographs, and/or mail for the purpose of operating a business enterprise from within the facility.

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


Mail will not be forwarded to a prisoner who is temporarily located at another location such as a hospital or county jail. In these cases, mail will be held for the prisoner until they return to their facility. 

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