Shawnee County Department of Corrections

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Inmate/Juvenile Residence Correspondence


Providing avenues by which inmates and juvenile residents can communicate with family and friends plays an important role during their incarceration. It allows them a means to stay in touch and stay connected to those in the community that are important to them. There are some general rules and guidelines that both inmates/residents as well as those that are writing to them must follow.

Outgoing Mail

Inmates and residents shall be allowed to correspond in writing with persons or organizations. The facility has the right to prohibit correspondence if it is determined necessary to protect the safety and security of the recipient, the public, staff or inmates/residents. Any such mail determined not appropriate for those reasons will be returned to the inmate. All outgoing mail must be legibly addressed and have no other markings other than the inmate's/resident's name, sending address, and return address on the envelope. Inmates/residents are not authorized to write to others in the facility. If an inmate/resident has an immediate family member incarcerated, he/she may obtain prior authorization from the Operations Division Manager to correspond with the family member.

Incoming Mail

All incoming mail must come through the U.S. Postal Service. The mailing address for:

Adult Inmates

Inmate Name
Shawnee County Adult Detention Center
501 SE 8th St.
Topeka, KS 66607

Inmate Name
Shawnee County Corrections Annex
818 SE Adams
Topeka, KS 66607

Juvenile Residents

Resident Name
Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center
401 SE 8th St.
Topeka, KS 66607

Only the inmate's/resident's name, address, and the sender’s return address are allowed on the envelope. Incoming mail that has any additional markings or graffiti on the envelope or on the inside contents shall be returned to the sender or placed in the inmate's/resident's personal property.

All non-legal incoming mail shall be opened and inspected. Legal mail shall be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate/resident. No money is allowed to be sent through the mail. Any mail that contains money will be returned to the sender. If there is no return address, the funds will be deposited in the general commissary fund account, but will not be placed onto the inmate's personal account.


Adult inmates are permitted to subscribe to and receive publications, without prior approval, from a publisher, distributor book club, or a bookstore. Family members and/or friends are not allowed to send publications to inmates. They must be received by the inmate from the original publisher, distributor book club, or bookstore.