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  • Mail should be directed to the following address and in the format specified:

Inmate’s Full Name and “L” Number

(Example: Tom Smith L14318)

P.O. Box 38


Waukegan, Illinois 60085


       Personal checks, money orders and cash are not acceptable and will be returned to sender.

  • Inmates are permitted to send and receive unlimited correspondence. The only exception is when there is reasonable cause to justify limitations for reasons of public safety or facility order, or to prevent violation of state or federal law. All incoming and outgoing mail is subject to search prior to being delivered.

Mail Containing The Following Items Will Not Be Accepted

  • Items that cannot be inspected without being damaged
  • Items containing any type of material other than paper
  • Items that may compromise the security of the facility
  • Books, magazines or reading material, unless purchased and delivered directly from LCSO approved vendors including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. 
  • Money orders, cash, credit cards
  • Any food items
  • Any article of clothing, hygiene item or other personal property
  • Postage stamps or envelopes (sold in commissary)
  • Mail containing photos or images and/or any type of nudity
  • Gang material, drawings, symbols, or any other type of text associated with gangs

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