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Is there a way to contact inmates in Washoe County by mail?

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An inmate incarcerated in the Washoe County Jail can only receive postcards from family and friends. The example given by the Sheriff’s Office on its website for addressing a postcard to an inmate is, “John Doe, Inmate 06-000, Washoe County Jail, 911 Parr Blvd., Reno, NV 89512."

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The maximum size allowed for a postcard is 4.25 x 6 inches. An inmate may not receive postcards with glue, glitter or tape. Postcards may not be defaced or altered, or contain any plastic or wrapping, as of August 2015.

Postcards sent to inmates may not be marked with paint, crayon or felt marker or have any labels or stickers attached. Homemade postcards are prohibited, as are postcards with watermarks, stains, biohazards, perfumes, lipstick or body fluids. Postcards depicting explicit content, nudity, gaining references or weapons are also prohibited, as of 2015.

Besides postcards, the only incoming mail permitted for jail inmates is legal correspondence. Inmates may only correspond with family or friends outside the jail using postcards purchased through the jail commissary.

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