The Best Way to Write a Prisoner In Arizona

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The Best Way to Write a Prisoner In Arizona

There are nearly 42,000 people incarcerated in state prisons in Arizona. Most of these people have loved ones on the outside who wish to stay in contact. Unfortunately, can be difficult, as one mistake on the envelope can result in your letter being non-deliverable.

Luckily, DoNotPay offers a quick and easy way to send a letter to a prisoner in Arizona among other things. Here are other related concerns that you may also want to know about:

Keep reading to get all the information you need when reaching out to a friend or loved one in Arizona prison.

About the Arizona Department of Corrections

The Arizona Department of Corrections currently has ten large prison complexes, including:

  • ASPC-Florence
  • ASPC-Phoenix
  • ASPC-Winslow
  • ASPC-Eyman
  • ASPC-Douglas
  • ASPC-Perryville
  • ASPC-Safford
  • ASPC-Tucson
  • ASPC-Yuma
  • ASPC-Lewis

AZDOC also operates the Southern Regional Community Corrections Center. The department monitors five additional private prisons in the state, including ASP-Phoenix-West, ASP-Marana, ASP-Florence-West, ASP-Kingman, and Central Arizona Correctional Facility in Florence.

Below are the contact details to the Arizona Department of Corrections:

Physical Address1601 W. Jefferson

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone Number602-542-5497
WebsiteArizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation & Reentry
Web Contact FormContact AZDOC

Sending a Letter to an AZDOC Inmate

According to AZDOC, staff members provide an inmate with their mailing address upon entry to the prison, and it is the to those who wish to correspond with them. Inmates are not limited in the amount of mail they can receive.

However, each letter must contain these three pieces of information in the address:

  1. The complete first and last name of the inmate that they are incarcerated under
  2. The inmates correct prisoner number
  3. The inmate's unit name and the appropriate PO Box number

The letter must also contain your complete name and address as the sender. Any letter without a return address will be opened and the contents will be inspected to determine the identity of the sender. If the sender can be identified and the correspondence does not feature any security concerns, it will be delivered to the inmate. However, if staff cannot identify the sender, the inmate will receive a notice about the issue and the mail will be held for 90 calendar days before being destroyed.

It should be noted that AZDOC no longer permits individuals to send cash, check, or money orders to be deposited into an inmate's trust account. Instead, those who wish to send money are urged to use a third-party such as JPay, which will charge a fee for the inmate to receive an email or a payment to their account.

Three Difficulties Often Encountered When Writing to an Inmate

There are many troubles that you may experience when trying to connect with an inmate. Here are the three most common ones:

  • Transposing even one number in your loved one's prison ID number or getting the unit wrong can result in your mail being returned unseen.
  • Forgetting to include your return address on the envelope will result in prison staff reading your loved one's correspondence before forwarding it on to them, and if the staff is unable to identify you as the sender, your loved one may not receive your letter at all.
  • Using a third-party company such as JPay to send money or digital correspondence to your loved one will result in fees.

How DoNotPay Makes Connecting with an Inmate Easy

Save yourself the hassle of remembering all of the special rules that apply to mailing your loved one a letter, the fees charged by private companies, and even the time it takes to go to the post office by using DoNotPay's easy and convenient Connect With An Inmate product. Your incarcerated loved one can even respond to your letters.

How It Works

To start corresponding with an inmate in Arizona, simply follow these five steps:

  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 to your loved one!

That's it. We will find your loved one, send your letter, and even place replies for your loved one in a virtual inbox so that you can read them immediately online, while also receiving the mailed contents of the letter.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

DoNotPay provides a hassle-free way for you to stay in contact with your incarcerated loved one. Aside from this, you may wish to browse a number of other services that you can take advantage of:

to enjoy easier and more efficient ways of getting things done.

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