Sending an inmate mail

Inmate Mail

All incoming mail will be inspected for contraband. The following items will be returned to sender:

  • Stained with powder, perfume, glue or glitter
  • Envelopes with tape or stickers
  • Mail from other Detention Facilities or Prison Institutions, unless approved by both Institutions
  • Note pads
  • Greeting cards larger than 5" by 7"
  • Paper, envelopes, pencils, pens or stamps
  • Music lyrics
  • Cell phones

Inmate Mail Censorship

Inmate mail shall not be censored and/or denied unless for legitimate facility interests for order and security, and in the interest of upholding the law. Such interests include, but are not limited to, the following statements, threats and/or plans of:

  • Physical harm or threats of physical harm against persons inside or outside the facility;
  • Extortion, blackmail or other criminal activity;
  • Escape;
  • Activities in violation of facility rules;
  • Whose nature is such that, if communicated, would create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm; or
  • Correspondence that is in code or for which there is reasonable belief that a code is contained therein.

If correspondence is censored or rejected the inmate shall be informed of the action in writing by the Canteen Supervisor or designee, including a statement of why the correspondence is being censored and/or rejected [FCAC 12.03 FMJS 9.03].

Notice of censorship or rejection will also be provided via U.S. Mail to the sender/author within (5) business days by the Canteen Supervisor or designee.

  • The sender/author of the censored or rejected mail, within five (5) business days of receipt of the notification of the decision to censor or reject the item of mail, may protest the decision to censor or reject the subject item of mail to the Support Services Bureau Commander (SSBC) or designee. A protest may be made verbally or in writing. The protest should include the reasons why the item of mail should not be subject to censorship or rejection.
  • The SSBC or designee will review and respond to the protest within five (5) business days of receipt of the same.
  • If the original censorship or rejection is upheld by the SSBC or designee, the SSBC’s decision may be appealed to the Detention Facility Director within five (5) business days. An appeal may be made verbally or in writing. The Detention Facility Director will respond to the appeal within five (5) business days. The Detention Facility Director’s decision on appeal is final.

Pod Attorney Booths Pass-through Slots

Effective May 15, 2017, the pass through slots located in the Pod Attorney Booths are no longer utilized. The new procedure for requesting inmate signatures on documents are as follows:

  • Documents may be dropped off Mon-Fri.
  • Any documents dropped off from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. will be processed and ready for pick-up the same business day from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Any documents dropped off after 10:00 a.m. will be processed and ready for pick-up the next business day from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*When exigent circumstances arise, the Watch Commander may approve the facilitation of action outside the above parameters.

Books and Subscriptions

All books and subscriptions must be soft backed and come directly from a publisher or book store. No hardback books or books containing staples will be accepted. Books and subscriptions must be paid for in advance and cannot contain any nudity, profanity or advocate violence/hatred toward any individual, organization, religion or nation. Books and subscriptions cannot contain instructions for the manufacturing of explosives, weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages, escapes paraphernalia, or to affect and/or facilitate an escape. Inmates may have a total of five (5) books per shipping order and are only allowed five (5) books in their possession at any given time.

Pictures

  • May be sent through the mail.
  • Inmates are allowed to have five (5) pictures.
  • Once the inmate is at their limit there are No Exchanges.
  • We will not accept pictures with nudity or sexually explicit material.
  • No Polaroid pictures accepted.

Mailing Address

Leon County Detention Facility
Inmates name (SPN number if available)
Post Office Box 2278
Tallahassee, Florida 32316 

Telephones

  • All calls from the Detention Facility inmate will be Collect, Prepaid Collect, or Debit.
  • Prepaid Calling Assistance, call 888-506-8407 (Available 24 Hours 7 Days a Week).
  • Debit Deposit Accounts, call 888-888-8413 (Available 24 Hours 7 Days a Week)
  • If you wish to have your telephone number blocked to prevent collect calls or have the block removed from your telephone, you may come to the Detention Facility Visitation Lobby and present valid picture identification and ownership of the telephone number.
  • We have provided for your usage a Pay-Phone located in the Visitation Lobby waiting area.
  • We do not take or give inmates messages unless there is a family emergency (critical condition in the hospital or death).

Religious Items

  • We no longer accept religious items dropped off at Detention Facility front lobby. All religious items are to be approved/coordinated through the chaplains office.
All items will be searched for contraband.