Mail - Sending Mail to a Prisoner

Mail - Sending Mail to a Prisoner

Update September 2020:
Due to an increase in drugs and contraband that has been coming into correctional facilities through the mail, the Michigan Department of Corrections is initiating a new process for handling prisoner personal mail (mail that does not require special handling). All incoming personal mail including envelope will be photocopied and the photocopy will be delivered to the prisoner it is addressed to.  The prisoner will not receive the original mail; the originals will be shredded and disposed of.
It is recommended that letters be written in black or blue ink, to ensure a good quality image.  Letters written in pencil or in lighter colors will reduce the quality of the image.
Items which will be photocopied in black and white prior to delivery include:
Greeting Cards 
Other documents included in the personal mail
Note: Prisoners may continue to receive color copies of greeting cards, photographs and drawing/artwork from messages received via JPay.

Prisoner mail is identified as any written, typed or printed communication of information.  

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

Additional information regarding prisoner mail can be found in PD 05.03.118 - Prisoner Mail Policy and DOM 2021-28R.