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Indiana Department of Correction

IDOC > Offender Information > Mail and Packages

Write an Offender

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning April 1, 2017 the IDOC will no longer accept any correspondence on colored paper or enclosed in colored envelopes. Incoming correspondence to offenders must be in a plain white envelope and the letter/correspondence inside the envelope must be on originally purchased, plain white, lined paper (no photocopies).  Photos are permissible, photocopies are not. Click here for a copy of the policy.

To write to an offender, you need the offender's name and DOC number and the name and address of the correctional facility where they are housed. You can look up an offender's DOC number and location on the IDOC website here. IDOC correctional facility addresses are also available online at here.

Address both the letter and envelope as follows:
Offender name, DOC#
Facility name
Street Address or PO Box
City, IN ZIP code

All incoming and outgoing mail is opened, examined, and read by designated facility staff. 

Mail & Packages

Offenders may receive correspondence, legal mail, and publications from publishers only, which are reviewed to determine whether they are obscene or constitute a danger to safety and security.

For more information about offender mail/packages and restrictions see Policies 02-01-103 Offender Correspondence and 02-01-101 Offender Personal Property.