Sending Mail to an Offender

image of closed white envelopeMailing Requirements

The outside envelope must be addressed with:

  • The offender’s full name
  • Six-digit DOC number, and correct facility address.
  • A return address as defined by the USPS including an identifiable first and last name.
  • the name of the unit where the offender lives (not required for delivery)

John B. Hancock
1024 S. Bee St
Olympia, WA 98506-4321

Jack J. Doe, DOC 123456
Stafford Creek Corrections Center, H2
191 Constantine Way
Aberdeen, WA 98520

The letter(s) inside must be addressed to the offender on the envelope.

Do not send cash, personal checks or stamps, the mail will be rejected and returned to you at the offender's expense.

To send money for stamps or other items, refer to "Sending Money" webpage.

Restricted Mail

When you want to know what is not allowed, read the DOC Policy 450.100, Mail for Prison Offenders, specifically Attachment 1, Unauthorized Mail.

Mail is inspected and the facility will provide written notification of the mail rejection to the offender and the sender. The notification includes the reason for the restriction and the name and address of the sender. The process does allow the offender and/or the sender to appeal the mail rejection.

Washington Corrections Center’s Reception Center has a more restrictive policy on incoming mail. The offender should inform you of what is allowed.

eMessaging has arrived!

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All DOC prisons now have an eMessaging capability to send and receive emails utilizing JPay, a communication system. Offenders' families and friends can write electronic letters. For more information, please view the JPay webpage, or contact JPay directly at or by phone 1-800-574-5729.


Mailing Gift Packages

Learn more about how to send a gift package.

Gift packages may be sent to an offender. Offenders are limited in the gift packages they may receive, according to DOC policy 440.000. An offender may receive one gift package (not to exceed 15 pounds in weight including packing materials) on a monthly basis. In order to send an offender a monthly package, most institutions require that the offender send you a Package Authorization form.

If you are planning on purchasing a holiday or property package for an offender, it is important to be aware of the effects of using accurate contact information when using money orders in the event a refund is needed. If a family member or friend will be purchasing, it is vital that the information pertaining to the purchaser’s name and address is accurate and is not listed as the offender’s name or address of facility. Access SecurePak will issue the refund based upon this information. If the offender’s name and facility address is listed, the refund will be issued to the offender and will be subject to deductions based upon the offender’s scenario of incarceration. If the offender’s family or friend purchases a package using a money order and includes their own name and address, Access will be able to issue the refund to that person and address and will not be subject to any deductions.

For more information on the maximum allowable personal property for religious items, (attachment a1) men’s facilities and women’s facilities, check the matrix.

Newly admitted offenders do not receive packages while assigned to the Reception Center at Washington Corrections Center.

Work Release Mailing Rules

Work Release facilities have different rules for mailing. See Policy 450.110 (PDF)