Sending Mail to an Offender

Generally, correspondence is allowed and encouraged. The sending and receiving of mail by offenders will be restricted only to the extent necessary to prevent a threat to the safety and security of the facility, or the safety or well being of any person, and to prevent unsolicited and unwanted mail. PLEASE NOTE: No offender may correspond with any person who is on his/her negative correspondence list. No offender may correspond with any person who is listed on a court Order of Protection which prohibits such correspondence.

People sending mail into the correctional facility are personally responsible for the contents of their mail. Offenders and all correspondents are advised that sending obscene, threatening, or fraudulent materials through the mail may be a crime under state and federal laws. The Department will urge prosecution whenever such mail is brought to its attention. Unauthorized items shall either be returned to the sender at the expense of the offender, or otherwise disposed of. Such will be the choice of the offender and accomplished at the offender’s expense. PLEASE NOTE: Dangerous contraband will not be returned.

All mail sent to the offender must be clearly marked with the offender’s name, DIN and return address in the left top corner of the envelope. Envelopes may include your personal letters and photographs. Do NOT send nude photographs or Polaroid photos. Do NOT send postage stamps or letters from other people, except children. A limit of 5 pages of printed or photocopied materials (an individual newspaper clipping will be considered one page) may be received within a piece of regular correspondence. (Note the following exception in the next paragraph). In order to facilitate media review, pages or clippings must not be taped, glued, or pasted together or to other papers.

Not to exceed once every four months, an offender may make a written request to the Superintendent to receive in excess of 5 pages of printed or photocopied legal papers specifically related to his or her current legal matter (e.g., legal brief or trial transcript relating to the offender’s active case) within a piece of regular correspondence. If approved, the piece of correspondence must be received within 30 days thereafter.

All incoming mail will be opened and inspected for cash, checks, money orders, printed or photocopied materials, or contraband. Monies are credited to the offender’s account. Please note that printed or photocopied materials may delay the offender receiving the letter due to Media Review procedures. Again, postage stamps are not allowed.

All mail that you receive from an offender should be well marked with the offender’s DIN and correctional facility address and other clear indications that the letter is from a correctional facility.