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Mail Services

The Department of Corrections (DOC) has established procedures governing mail to and from inmates that maintain safety and security.

Every offender has the right to send and receive mail. DOC may prohibit an inmate from; writing to a particular person at the request of the person(s); receiving your mail or at the request of the parent or guardian if the person is a minor. Letters will not be censored because of opinions that may be critical of DOC or its employees. All incoming and outgoing mail may be inspected. Mail will be inspected to prevent contraband from coming into the prison or to prevent criminal activity. Inmates will be notified in writing (by DOC form 05-525 Mail Restriction Notice) if anything is removed from their mail. The inmate has the right to appeal any incoming mail restrictions. All incoming and outgoing mail must be properly addressed and include your full committed name, DOC number , and complete facility mailing address.

Resources

Policies

Below are Department of Corrections (DOC) policies that apply to mail services.

Laws & Regulations

Below are state laws (RCWs) and regulations (WACs) that apply to and/or relate to mail services.

Resource Links

  • State Offender Orientation Handbook (Inmates are given one when they arrive at DOC)