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Mailing or Bringing Items to Inmates and Contraband


Effective December 21, 2018 The John E. Polk Correctional Facility will no longer accept postal mail for inmates in our custody. ALL mail received after January 16, 2019 will be returned to the sender.

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.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has contracted with Smart Communications to provide MailGuard electronic mail services for the Seminole County Jail – John E. Polk Correctional Facility. MailGuard is a quick and efficient way for inmates to receive letters and photos electronically.

Mail letters or correspondence to:
SCSO-SCH
Inmate’s Name - Booking Number (ID Number)
PO Box 1907
Pinellas Park, Florida 33780

The Inmates’ Name and Booking number must be clearly printed on the outside of the envelope or postcard to ensure the mail is posted to the correct account. All regular inmate postal mail will be scanned into the system and available to the inmates to view via the inmate kiosk.

Legal Mail & Magazine Subscriptions will continued to be sent to the correctional facility directly at 211 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773.

Legal mail shall be clearly identifiable and marked appropriately as legal mail. Legal mail will follow current guidelines of being delivered to and opened in front of the inmate. Magazine subscriptions must come from the publisher.

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

Sending Photos
For a nominal fee you can send photos electronically. The photo delivery service allows you to share what is happening in your life through photos with your loved one. There is no limit to the number of photos that can be sent to an inmate. All photos are subject to approval by facility staff. Visit www.Smartjailmail.com to create an account.

To receive notices when your mail is received, reviewed and viewed by the inmate please visit www.MailGuardTracker.com.

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

The following will not be accepted:
Social security income checks, foreign drafts, personal or business checks.

Clothing for trial will only be accepted 72 hours prior to the actual court date. All court clothing should be delivered to Control 1 in the main lobby.

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.

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