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Inmate Mail Instructions

When sending mail to an inmate:
  • Senders must have complete return information which includes First and Last Name, Street Address, City, State and Zip Code
  • No P.O. Boxes Allowed
  • Must include INMATE'S NAME, FOLDER NUMBER, and LOCATION (if known)
  • Address to 3000 Perdido Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119

When sending money to an inmate:
  • Must be a Money Order or a Check from the Internal Revenue Service
  • Money Order must Include INMATE'S NAME and FOLDER NUMBER
  • Money Order must be SIGNED

Other mail guidelines:
  • Pictures must not be larger than 5" X 7"
  • Adults and Children must be fully clothed
  • No Polaroid's, Instamatic, black outs, stained, altered, hand signs, money, nudity, violence and illegal acts
  • Pictures are limited up to 20 in their possession
  • No color copies of pictures
  • No correspondence is allowed from other Inmates from any other facilities, including OPSO
  • No blank envelopes, stamps, stamped envelopes, blank paper, pens or pencils accepted. All items can be purchased through the Commissary.
  • No blank cards including musical, pop-up or glitter.
  • Letters must be on all white paper only, free of fragrance, lipstick, stains, discoloration, glitter, markers, crayons and stickers
  • No clothing items including items of hygiene
  • No contraband of any kind
  • No food items or cigarettes
  • Inmates may receive soft- cover publications sent directly from the publisher, a distributor, book club or a bookstore limited to 4 books per Month, no copies of books allowed. Certain exceptions apply for publications which are no longer available from those sources or which are not available in a soft- cover format. Publications which are determined detrimental to the security, good order, discipline or which may facilitate criminal activity will be rejected by the Chief Deputy.

Important Numbers for Inmate Information

Central Control
504-202-9386 or 504-202-9388

Mail Room

Medical Inmate Advocate

If you have a medical question about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate at 504-202-9451.

The Medical Inmate Advocate is an experienced OPSO nurse who will investigate your concern and call you back. If you wish to provide medical information about an inmate, call the Medical Inmate Advocate. Medical confidentiality is maintained, but your concerns will be addressed.


Inmate Phone Services


Report Abuse & Sexual Assaults


All family, friends, and attorneys should report immediately any information about inmate-against-inmate sexual abuse, sexual harassment or staff-against-inmate sexual relationships, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.  Help the OPSO promote sexual safety and report these incidents confidentially to our sexual abuse hotline:

1-844-201-4312 or (504) 717-2279

Programs for Public Benefit

Young Marines

The OPSO chapter of the Young Marines is in partnership with the national Young Marines program. Youth under the age of 18 enroll for drill, games, field trips, and education.


West Bank Major Crime Taskforce

Deputies assigned to this task force focusing on major crimes and narcotics enforcement on the West Bank.

United States Marshals Task Force

OPSO also participates in US Marshal task force activities, focusing on the apprehension of violent criminals in the Greater New Orleans Area and monitors registered sex offenders in Orleans Parish.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)

DARE is a school-based drug awareness and prevention program for youth. OPSO’s main focus is sixth graders through high-school.


Criminal Patrols

This program focuses on outstanding warrants for violent crimes. Persons wanted for violent crimes are targeted and arrested for public safety. This program is grant funded in partnership with the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and focuses on proactive crime prevention in high crime areas and the apprehension of wanted fugitives.

Day Reporting Center

The Day Reporting Center is a collaborative agreement between the New Orleans Sheriff Office and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. The New Orleans Day Reporting Center program strives...


Programs for Inmates

Transitional Workforce Center

Department of Corrections inmates who have eighteen months or less and a suitable record can end their sentence in the work release program at the TDC Transitional Workforce Facility.


Low Literacy to GED  Educational Services

These services are provided by our educational partners, the Orleans Parish Public Schools’ Alternative Learning Institute (South White Street Female Facility, juveniles held as adults, House of Detention, and Orleans Parish Prison)...


HIV Counseling and Testing

This program is in partnership with the Office of Public Health. All incoming arrestees are offered HIV testing upon arrival. A trained nurse is on hand to counsel the patient on the results. As a matter of course, arrestees...


GED Testing Center

OPSO is a State of Louisiana Department of Education certified GED testing facility. We give a monthly GED test for the public, and test inmate students within secure facilities approximately every two months or as students are ready.


Community Service

Inmates who are considered low risk and who wish to work for the public good are assigned to Community Service, where they perform a number of civic tasks. The Community Service Division also works in partnership with...


Alcoholics Anonymous

This program is available to inmates in the House of Detention and the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center and will be expanding to other buildings as additional volunteers are gained. There is also a group...


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