Inmate Mail

The Department of Detention Facilities does not require inmates to provide a mailing list, nor is there any limit on the number of letters that may be sent.

The Department of Detention Facilities does not require inmates to provide a mailing list, nor is there any limit on the number of letters that may be sent. The following are important requirements for sending and receiving mail.

Mail sent to inmates must be clearly addressed and mailed to one of the following addresses: 

Jennifer Road Detention Center                            
Attn: [Inmate’s Name and ID number]                 
131 Jennifer Road                                                   
Annapolis, MD 21401       
Ordnance Road Correctional Center 
Attn: [Inmate’s Name and ID  number] 
600 E. Ordnance Road 
Glen Burnie, MD 21060

Mail will only be accepted from recognized postal carriers and must have a return address. If the return address is missing, mail will be returned to the post office. 

Beginning December 17, 2021, the following mail practices shall be enforced:

All incoming mail must be sent to the facility in plain white, legal or letter sized envelopes and must be written on plain or lined white paper. All mail must include the inmate’s first and last name, sender’s first and last name and complete return address.

Any mail that does adhere to the following rules shall be processed as contraband. This list is not all-inclusive.

One of three things shall happen if we discover contraband in your mail:

  1. We will return it to you.
  2. We will destroy it if it presents a health or safety hazard to person or facility.
  3. We will confiscate it as evidence in a criminal investigation.

Depending on the degree of contraband violation, we may restrict any future correspondence you have with an inmate.

  • Drugs (legal or illegal)
  • Containing food, clothing or cosmetic items
  • Adhesive material of any kind including stickers, tape, labels (including return address labels), decals, wax, etc.
  • Paper clips, staples, binder clips, correction tape or fluid (White-Out, etc.)
  • Letter or envelope decorated with beads, ribbons, springs, glitter, etc.
  • Use of colored pencils, markers, glitter pens, gel pens, crayons, paint, watercolors, hi-lighters, inked rubber stamps or any colored ink pen other than blue or black
  • Greeting cards, note cards, musical cards, recordable cards, homemade cards or postcards
  • Colored envelopes, colored stationery, padded envelopes
  • Any non-paper items: plastic, metal, laminated, cardboard, cardstock, electronic, etc.
  • Anything gang related (photos, colors, writing symbols or hand gestures)
  • Correspondence in code or suspected code
  • Blank paper, blank envelopes, postage stamps
  • Items having stains or suspicious/unidentifiable substances or markings (including lipstick, bodily fluid, perfume), mail scented with perfume or other odors
  • Paper or envelopes that appear to have been wet and then dried or show any signs of water or liquid damage (blurred/altered ink, stains, etc.)
  • Pages or clippings from magazines, books or newspaper
  • Photos or drawings of nude, obscene or sexually explicit material
  • Photos that do not meet the following criteria:
    • Must come directly from approved facility vendor(s) only
    • No larger than 4” x 6”
  • Identification cards, credit/debit cards and/or reproductions thereof
  • Lottery tickets or prepaid telephone cards
  • Mail that violates a no-contact order or other court order
  • Cash, personal checks, second-party checks or money orders
  • Sports statistics for gambling
  • Paper folded in the form of origami
  • Envelope containing more than ten (10) sheets of paper per envelope
  • Envelopes larger than a standard business envelope (4” x 9 ½”) or containing metal clasps
  • Books
  • Magazines or newspapers unless new and sent directly from the publisher or approved internet distributor

Inmates have uncensored and unlimited mailing privileges to the Governor, Attorney General, County Executive, County Attorney, any court of law and their personal Attorney. 

  • New books, shipped directly from the publisher, will be accepted at the Ordnance Road Correctional Center only if approved by the ACFA.