All About Western Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center

Connect With an Inmate All About Western Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center

All About The Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center

The serve as western Missouri's intake and processing center for new offenders. After being sentenced, the offender is sent to the Reception and Diagnostic Facility so that their specific needs can be assessed. This process takes an average of 40 days and offenders are not allowed outside contact for the first 30 days there.

If you know an inmate at the facility, this article discusses what methods you can use to connect with the inmate. If this is your first time dealing with an incarcerated friend or family member, you’re in the right place. This article explores several points, such as:

  • How to send/receive inmate mail
  • Addressing inmate letters properly
  • Other ways to express care and love to an inmate
  • Prison rules and procedures
  • How the DoNotPay "Connect With An Inmate" product can help you locate and communicate with someone at Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center

The History Of Western Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center

Western Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center (WRDCC), is located in western Missouri in the city of Saint Joseph just north of Kansas City, Mo.

This facility officially opened in 1999 and it serves 30 counties in western Missouri. The grounds of this facility have a much longer history. It was built in 1874, opening in November of that year as State Hospital For The Insane #2. In 1992, the state hospital was moved to a new facility across the street. The buildings did not sit vacant for long. After the disastrous floods in 1993, minimum security prisoners from Western Missouri Correctional Center were moved to the facility to aid the community in recovering from the flood.

The Facility Now

This facility now houses the Reception and Diagnostics Unit, an inmate treatment unit, and two general population units. Newly sentenced offenders are assessed to determine where they will do their time based on their medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment needs. Inmates are also assessed to determine their level of education, their vocational skills, and custody level requirements. The treatment unit is entirely dedicated to alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

WRDCC General Contact Information

Physical Address

3401 Faraon Street

Saint Joseph, MO 64506

Phone Number(816)387-2158
WardenRyan Brownlow

Connecting With Inmates At WRDCC on Your Own

If you wish to connect with an inmate, you will need to know which facility they are located at and you will need their inmate identification number as well. These are the steps for locating an inmate and their identification number if they are incarcerated in the state of Missouri.

  1. Go online to the Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) website
  2. Enter the inmate's first and last name
  3. If the inmate is in a state facility this should tell you which one and their offender ID number.

If your offender is in a federal facility, you will need to go on the federal inmate lookup site. For county or city jail inmates, you will have to search for the inmate lookup for that area.

If you like a more straightforward method to find an inmate, the DoNotPay Connect with an Inmate feature can help you find and connect with an inmate at any facility in the U.S. fast!


If you wish to visit an inmate, you will have to submit an application. Upon approval, the inmate will let you know when you are able to come. Temporarily housed inmates are inmates at the facility for diagnostic purposes only. Permanently housed inmates are inmates serving out their time at the facility. Inmates are allowed a two-hour no-contact visit with up to two adult visitors.

Visiting Hours

  • Temporarily housed inmates: Friday 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM, Saturday 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM, Sunday 7:30 PM until 9:30 PM
  • Permanently housed inmates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM until 6:30 PM

Phone Calls

Inmates cannot receive phone calls but they can make them if they are not restricted. Phone calls must be made collect or using minutes they can purchase from the canteen. Inmate phone time is handled by Securus and you are able to add time for an inmate by making an account at All phone calls are monitored and inmates are not allowed to make toll-free calls or participate in three-way calls.


All mail is opened, inspected, and read prior to being delivered to the inmate. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the mail restrictions of WRDCC to ensure delivery.  When addressing inmate mail, you must include the inmate's name, inmate identification number, and housing unit if available.

Inmate Name, Inmate ID Number

Housing Unit

Western Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center

3401 Faraon Saint Joseph, MO 64506.

Email And Sending Money

Both inmate email and money deposits must be made through JPay. When you make a deposit online, JPay charges $1.99 for every $10 deposited. To email or videogram the inmate, you will need to purchase virtual stamps. A one-page email will cost one stamp, but each attachment will cost an additional two stamps. Videograms can be sent to inmates, but not from them, for four stamps. Stamps cost $2.50 for 11, $5.00 for 22, or $12.50 for 55.

The Easier Way To Connect With An Inmate At WRDCC via DoNotPay

The Connect With An Inmate product has three ways of assisting you with contacting an inmate. With just the inmate's name and the state they are incarcerated in, the product will identify which facility your inmate is at and provide you with their inmate identification number, which you will need to make contact with the inmate. Then the product will print and send letters to the inmate on your behalf and receive responses as well.

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive for your loved one!


Why Should You Use DoNotpay To Connect With An Inmate?

The Connect With An Inmate product makes locating and staying in contact with inmates hassle-free, allowing you to connect quickly, easily, and successfully. Check out these other articles from the Connect With An Inmate product series.

Connect With Inmates At Any Facility Nationwide

This product will help you to locate and connect with inmates at any facility nationwide. State facilities, federal facilities, and even county jails. Wherever your inmate is located, this product will assist you in locating then maintaining a connection with them. No matter how busy your schedule is, this product makes staying connected with inmates as easy as sending an email.

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