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Tehama County Inmate Information

Inmate Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 490, Red Bluff, CA 96080

Legal Mail:
Effective July 1, 2019
, the Tehama County Jail will no longer accept drop-offs of legal mail to our jail window.  Legal mail will need to be mailed to the specific inmate at the above address with “Legal Mail” on the front of the envelope.  You may also come to the jail and ask to see the inmate to personally serve them.


Main Jail Inmate Mail and Correspondence Information

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

Your Full Name
1234 Your Street
Red Bluff ,CA 96080

Inmate’s Name
P.O. Box 490
Red Bluff, CA 96080

John Doe
Tehama County Jail
P.O. Box 490
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Inmate Mail and Correspondence

The Tehama County Jail has strict mail procedures that must be followed for the safety and security of the facility, staff, and inmates. 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.
  • Paperclips, metal, plastic, laminations, balloons, jewelry, etc.
  • Stickers, 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, checks & money orders are not allowed.
  • 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:

The Jail 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
  • Publications that are held together by ordinary staples will be rejected.
  • 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 is rejected for delivery to an inmate, the sender may appeal the decision to the Jail Lieutenant. The rejection will be final fifteen (15) days after the date of the notice sent to the sender, unless the sender requests a review by the Jail Lieutenant. The written request for review must be postmarked within fifteen (15) days of the notice and mailed to the Jail Lieutenant 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 Lieutenant or designee will provide the sender 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.

Any inmate wishing to appeal rejected mail must follow the Inmate Grievance Procedure within the Tehama County Jail.

ALL unacceptable or improperly addressed inmate mail will be “Returned to Sender.”


Deposits may be made to an inmate account by any of the following options:

In lieu of depositing money, family and friends may also order commissary items via the Internet at

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