Mail Regulations

Mail regulations are only somewhat standard throughout the prison system. While the DOM (Department’s Operational Manual) specifies what can be mailed in, you will find differences in every prison.

Generally – First Class Mail can have the following items enclosed including but not limited to:

  • Photos with the exception of photos with attached backing, framed photos that cannot be searched, Polaroid’s, negatives and slides. 10 photos at a time. Nothing written on the photo
  • A calendar(no spiral)
  • Blank greeting cards (no 3 dimensional,music, cards allowed);
  • Postage embossed envelopes, up to forty
  • Blank envelopes (best not to send in more than 20 in an envelope)
  • Writing paper/tablets(white or yellow lined only-no cotton paper)
  • Typing paper-no cotton paper
  • Legal paper, to include colored paper required by court rules-no cotton paper
  • Children’s drawings
  • Newspaper clippings, internet downloaded articles, photocopies of clippings/articles or electronic mail. Prior to issuance they shall be reviewed to ensure that they comply with sections 3006 and 3135 of the DOM
  • Forty postage stamps. If there is a rate change, then forty stamps at the old rate and 40 stamps at the amount needed to equal the new rate. No personalized postage stamps will be allowed.

PLEASE DO NOT MAIL THE FOLLOWING!

  • Photographs that show breast or frontal nudity
  • pens,pencils
  • books (must be sent through vendor)
  • any liquids
  • stickers
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    ANY mail that has ANY ITEM not allowed will be either returned at inmates expense or disposed of.(staff will NOT return only the one item, but entire contents)

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