All incoming mail must contain a complete return address (containing at least the sender’s first initial, full last name, street address, city, state, and zip code). Example envelope with address for the DOC
In compliance with our Rejected Materials Form, the following items are not permitted:
Writing / drawing on envelope, other than to / from address information, the words “photo, do not bend” or “legal mail”;
Newspaper / magazine cut outs;
Unused correspondence materials (postage stamps, envelopes, paper and/or cards);
Publication from unauthorized vendor…publications must be received directly from the retailer;
Hard cover books;
Check, money order, or cash;
Nude or semi nude pictures of children or adults;
Polaroid or matted photos;
Does not meet the criteria for privileged or legal mail;
Glitter, crayon, glue, tape, staples, stickers (other than a return address label on the outside of the envelope);
Items that emit odor or other unknown substance;
Laminated, cardboard, carbon paper items;
Items larger than 8x10;
Photos larger than 4x6;
Evidence related to a pending investigation;
Material pertaining gambling;
Third party mail.
Publications and subscriptions:
Inmates may subscribe to three (3) magazines or publications which are mailed directly to the facility from the publisher or book store provided they are soft covered, brand new, and do not promote violence, unlawful behavior, or show or describe the manufacturing or fabrication of weapons or drugs.
Mail to or from attorneys, authorized representatives acting on their official capacities, legal aid services, or other agencies providing legal services to inmates, or paraprofessionals having bona-fide association with such agencies.
Incoming privileged mail may be opened for inspection. Privileged mail will be opened with the inmate present. The contents will not be read.
Mail consisting of social, leisure, and all other correspondence.
Incoming mail will be opened and examined for contraband prior to delivery. Inmates may be held liable for contraband found within mail addressed to them. Mail will not be delivered to the inmate if it contains material identified as contraband or compromises the safety and security of the Department. Contraband items will be destroyed, returned to sender, or placed in the inmate’s personal storage bin unless such items violate state/local law. Items violating state/local law will be forwarded to the Department’s Investigation Division.
Incoming mail will be forwarded to the Investigations Division through the Captain of Safety and Security if it is believed to contain information which may be a threat to the security of the institution and/or contain the following:
A. an attempt to incite violence based on race, religion, sex, creed or nationality;
B. advocate, facilitate, or otherwise present a risk of lawlessness, violence, anarchy, or rebellion against government authority, facility staff, and/or other inmates;
C. an attempt to give instructions for the manufacturing or use of intoxicants, alcohol, weapons, explosives, drugs, or other unlawful items or substances;
D. plans to escape, unauthorized entry into the facility, or information or maps that might aid in an escape attempt;
E. information relating to security threat group activities or the use of codes and/or symbols associated with security threat groups;
F. sexually explicit material or material that would be detrimental to the treatment of inmates or that would encourage or educate inmates in deviant or unlawful sexual practices by which its nature or content would also pose a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution;
G. contents that would, if transmitted, create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm to persons or property, or severe psychiatric or emotional disturbance to an inmate;
H. material that violates postal regulations, make unlawful threats, or attempts at blackmail or extortion;
I. inmate to inmate mail; whether to or from this facility or other correctional institutions, unless approved by the Superintendent or designee.
J. material which is non-conducive to rehabilitative efforts.
Inmates found to be violating “no contact orders” will face disciplinary action.