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Mailing or Bringing Items to Inmates and Contraband

Effective July 1, 2018 The John E Polk Correctional Facility will no longer accept packages or books for inmates. This includes anything from publishers, Amazon, USPS or any other delivery service. ALL items will be returned to the sender. Magazines subscriptions will continue as long as the magazines meet our decency standards.

Contraband is any item not provided to the inmate by the correctional facility or not purchased by the inmate through the correctional commissary except for mail (see mail requirements).

You cannot send or bring the inmate anything else. Even bringing or sending the following items to an inmate is prohibited:

  • Battery- or electronically-operated cards, candy, care packages, clothing, envelopes, food, glitter, hygiene items, magazines, medication, Polaroid pictures, snacks, stamps, stickers, writing paper is considered contraband etc.

If you send any of these items to an inmate, the mail will be returned to you. If you bring any of these items with you on visitation, they will be confiscated and you could face prosecution.

The only exceptions are the items below which may be provided to the inmate only in the following manner:

  • Mail consisting of non-perfumed letters containing nothing other than 1 to 5 photographs no larger than 4 in. x 6 in., but no Polaroids, can be sent to inmates at their respective corrections facility. Any photographs containing nudity will not be issued to the inmate.

Mail letters or correspondence to:

John Polk Correctional Facility
Attn: (Inmate’s Name and Booking Number)
211 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773

Mail Funds:
Only in the form of a money order accompanied by a Money Order Deposit Form to:

Secure Deposits - Seminole County
PO Box 12486
St. Louis, Missouri 63132

To ensure the correct inmate receives the mail, include the inmate’s Booking ID number on the front of the envelope.

Greeting cards may not be larger than 5 in. x 7 in. and may NOT be battery- or electronically-operated.

Any mail that is perfumed or has glitter, stickers or contains any other form of contraband, to include stamps, envelopes or blank paper, will be returned to sender.

Inmates are allowed to send mail out and are provided with pen, paper and envelopes if indigent.

Mail is collected and disbursed daily.

  • Clothing for trial will only be accepted 72 hours prior to the actual court date. All court clothing will be delivered to Control 1 in the main lobby. All court clothing will be delivered to the primary Control Room.
  • Religious or spiritual material will be accepted as a “donation” by the Chaplain’s Office and will be made part of the religious library.
    These materials must be addressed “Care of the Chaplains Office.” Any Religious or spiritual material donated to the Chaplain’s Office will be dispersed randomly.
    Religious material will not be accepted for individual inmates.
    A supply of donated religious material and other reading material is available in the facility and will be provided to any inmate who makes a request, as long as the item has been donated and is still available.
  • Money orders received at John E Polk Correctional Facility or Seminole County Sheriff's Office will be forwarded to the Secure Deposits lockbox location in St. Louis, Missouri. Allow extra time for the money order to be processed if it was mailed directly to the inmate.
  • The following will not be accepted:
    Social security income checks, foreign drafts, personal or business checks.

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Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
Phone: (407) 665-6600