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Sending Mail to an inmate incarcerated in Arizona

Arizona inmates are able to receive letters, cards that have no electronics in them, and photos.  

The photos must not be larger than 4″x6″ and cannot contain nudity, sexually suggestive material, hand gestures (can be confused as gang symbols), and should not show tattoos.  

Arizona prison inmates looking for pen pals

You can mail up to five photos at a time in an envelope with a one stamp.  

To maintain the safety and security of the facility all incoming and outgoing mail is opened and inspected.  Do not send personal items to an inmate through the mail.  Your complete return address and the inmates complete address should be the only thing that appears on the envelope.

No crayon or marker drawings, glitter, glue, lipstick, perfume or stickers may be present in the mail you send because of some people smuggling drugs into the facility surreptitiously through these means.

All mail you send to an inmate should be formatted as follows:

Inmate Name, ID number
Unit (if known)
Institutions Name
Facilities address

Inmates who are found to be indigent and cannot afford stamps and envelopes will receive 5 stamped envelopes per month, and will be given more if the outgoing mail is legal in nature.

If an inmate receives mail but he or she has been transferred or released the mail will be forwarded.  Please note mail will only be forwarded for 30 days after an inmate is released.

The following items are prohibited from being sent directly from you (in some instances from anywhere) to an inmate in the mail:

  • Maps, books and publications that contain maps
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies
  • Calendars
  • Unused postcards and greeting cards
  • Postage stamps
  • Sticker, labels, bookmarks
  • Lottery tickets and tax forms
  • Photos of other inmates
  • Polaroid photos

Inmates in Arizona can also receive holiday/quarterly packages from family and friends through a company called Access Securpak.  

Mail Books and Magazines to an inmate in Arizona

Inmates incarcerated in an Arizona prison can receive books, magazines and newspapers directly from the publisher.  What this means is you can order books, magazines, and newspapers from a company like  The books must be new and can only be paperback.  Spiral bound and hardcover books are restricted for security reasons

There are currently 48 state prisons, geographically grouped into 14 Complexes and two correctional treatment facilities, for state prisoners in the U.S. state of Arizona. This number does not include federal prisons, detention centers for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or county jails located in the state.

As of 2007 Arizona had exported more than 2000 prisoners to privately run facilities in Oklahoma and Indiana, a number that would have been higher if not for a riot of Arizona prisoners at the GEO Group‘s New Castle Correctional Facility on April 27, 2007, protesting the practice. As of 2013, the states of Vermont, California and Hawaii export prisoners to facilities in Arizona.

State-operated prisons

As well as listings on this site, all inmate profiles will also be included on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages – all included in the basic price.

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