Write an Offender
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning May 30, 2018, 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. Photographs shall be permitted, provided they are printed onto originally purchased photography paper. Click here for a copy of the policy.
For more information about offender mail/packages and restrictions, see Executive Directive #18-54 and policy and administrative procedures #02-01-101, “Offender Personal Property,” and #02-01-103, “Offender Correspondence.”
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 here.
Address both the letter and envelope as follows:
Offender name, DOC#
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 Executive Directive #18-34 and 02-01-101 Offender Personal Property.