Communicating with Inmates
Inmates may send and receive letters from outside of the jail.
To send mail to an inmate, address the envelope to:
Vanderburgh County Detention Center
C/O “Inmate Name” @ "Assigned Housing Number"
3500 North Harlan Ave
Evansville, In 47711
Homemade cards are not accepted. We do not accept anything with crayon or marker. Store bought cards are acceptable provided that they don’t have glitter or any electronic music inserts.
Most standard envelope sizes are accepted up to 8 ½ x 11. Care packages are not allowed. Photographs 5” x 7” or under are accepted. No nudity is allowed.
Clippings from magazines and newspapers are not allowed. Nothing printed from a home computer printer or copier is allowed unless it is official court documentation or legal in nature.
Self-addressed envelopes are not allowed. Inmates must purchase pre-stamped envelopes from our commissary. If the inmate is indigent, stamped envelopes will be provided.
Inmates may not receive books, magazines, newspapers, or puzzle books. We do provide library services to inmates. Puzzle books are available for purchase on commissary.
Money orders may be sent directly to the inmate in the mail. We will deposit the money on their commissary account. Money may also be placed on their account in the jail lobby 24 hours a day via our KIOSK system.
If an inmate receives an unacceptable item, the item will be placed into the inmate’s property rack and the inmate will receive a form advising them of such.
Inmate email is currently not available. It is a program we hope to have in place in the near future.