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All correspondence, including money orders, must have a complete return name and address and be addressed in the following manner:

Your Full Name
1234 Your Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Inmate’s Name, X-Reference number, Housing Location
Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center
12500 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757

Doe, John X-1234567 48S102
Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center
12500 Bruceville Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757

Inmate Mail and Correspondence

The Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC) has strict mail procedures that must be followed for the safety and security of the facility, staff, and inmates. Due to the large population of inmates in custody, you must include the inmate’s X-Reference number and housing location on all items mailed to the RCCC. Please follow these rules to reduce delays and ensure a timely delivery of mail.  The following is a sample of Unacceptable items which will be returned to the sender or confiscated:

  • Drugs, weapons, hazardous materials, etc.
  • Stationery, Stamps, Envelopes, Post-its, etc.
  • Staples, paperclips, metal, plastic, laminations, balloons, jewelry, etc.
  • Stickers, labels, tape, glue, or any adhesives on the inside or outside of the envelope/letter.
  • Musical cards, glitter, paint, string, etc.
  • Mail containing bubble wrap or plastic.
  • Padded Envelopes.
  • Polaroid photographs or photos larger than 4"x6". Inmates are not allowed to possess more than ten (10) photographs at any given time.
  • Photographs or pictures that are pornographic, nude, suggestive, showing gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed.
  • Cash or Checks (Only money orders are accepted).  Money orders must be completely filled out with the inmate’s full name, X-Reference number, housing location, and the purchaser’s full name and address.
  • Identification cards and phone cards are not allowed.
  • Mail that does not have a return address will be labeled “Dead Mail” and returned the USPS. Mail that does not have a complete return address (Nick names or full name) will be return to sender.
  • Do not draw on the envelope, neatly print all information. 
  • Any items not listed which may compromise the security of the facility.

Books, Newspapers and Subscriptions:

RCCC will not accept books, newspapers or magazines mailed from a book store or an individual. Books, newspapers and magazines will ONLY be accepted directly from the publisher or through online services (Amazon, Barnes and Noble….etc.) on behalf of the inmate.   All publishers must be verifiable.  No Hardcover books are allowed to be sent to an inmate, only paperback books and magazines will be accepted.

  • No Hardcover Books/ Paperback only
  • Must be from publisher, No book stores. (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc. are okay
  • No staples, metal, or hard plastic bindings.
  • Books, Magazines and Newspapers that contain photographs or pictures that display drugs, pornography, nudity, suggestive, gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed
  • No CD, DVD, or tapes allowed.
  • No food products, cosmetic items, board games, personal clothing, etc.
  • No stationary, note pads, envelopes, stamps, pens, pencils, etc.  (These items may be purchased through commissary.)
  • Inmates are not allowed to possess more than five (5) books at any given time.
  • Any material that appears to be obscene or tends to incite murder, arson, riot, racism or otherwise compromises the security of the facility will not be accepted.
  • Any items not listed which may compromise the security of the facility.

If material sent from a publisher is rejected for delivery to an inmate, the publisher may appeal the decision to the Division Commander. The rejection will be final fifteen (15) days after the date of the notice sent to the publisher, unless the publisher requests a review by the Jail Commander. The written request for review must be postmarked within fifteen (15) days of the notice and mailed to the Division Commander at the above address. The appeal must be in writing, and should include the reason(s) for disagreeing with the mail rejection and any other pertinent information. The Jail Commander or designee will provide the publisher with a written decision within ten (10) days of the receipt of the request for review. The reviewer will not be involved in the original decision to reject the material.

ALL unacceptable or improperly addressed inmate mail will be returned to sender.

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