Inmate Mail Rules
Inmates are allowed to send and receive mail in order to maintain connection with their separated family, friends, acquaintances, etc. All mail will continue to be thoroughly checked for any violations. Incoming and outgoing mail must be in postcard format, no larger than 5.5” by 8.5” or letters containing not more than ten (10) written pages with no blank pages. Other permitted forms of communication with inmates include phone calls and personal visits.
Incoming Mail – mail sent from family, friends, acquaintances, etc. to an Inmate.
Outgoing Mail – mail sent from an Inmate to family, friends, acquaintances, etc.
· Must be postcard style or letters as defined above.
· Post cards must have inmates first and last name and SID #. See Inmate Roster for exact name and for SID #.
· May be purchased pre-stamped from commissary.
· Address the mail as:(Inmate First & Last Name / SID #)4000 Aumsville Hwy SESalem, OR 97317
· All outgoing mail will be reviewed for any violations.
· All incoming mail will be reviewed for any violations.
· Metered postage is preferred. Postage stamps will be removed before delivery to inmates.
MAIL VIOLATIONS:(Will result in the mail being returned to sender)
•No SID # •No Inmate Name•Incomplete Return Address - returned to post office as "dead mail"•Stickers of any kind (includes address labels)•Rubber Inked Stamps•Tape / Glue•Colored Pencils / Crayons•Paperclips / Staples etc.•Correction Tape / Fluid•Paint / Watercolors•Food/Beverage Stains•Perfume/Cologne•Lipstick•Oversized postcards•Drawings on front or back of envelope
Violations include anything that would threaten or be detrimental to the safety, security and orderly operation of the jail. Anything gang related or any sexual conduct will be considered a mail violation and placed in the inmate’s property.
Mail must be clearly marked as "LEGAL MAIL" or "OFFICIAL MAIL." Mail must be addressed to the inmate using the inmate's name as it appears in the inmate roster including the SID#. Legal or official mail received directly from the source will be authorized up to three (3) inches thick. Legal or official mail in excess of three inches will require prior approval from a lieutenant. Please call 503-581-1183 to contact a lieutenant.
Incomplete return address: Return address is missing either part of the address or first and last name of sender.No Inmate Name: Inmate’s first and last names are NOT on the incoming mail.
Dead Mailed: There is no return address. In this case the mail is returned to the Post Office as "dead mail."
What happens to the postcard I send to an inmate when it arrives at the Jail?After the mail has been cleared through administration, it is sent to the inmate’s unit to be reviewed for mail violations. If a violation is found, the Deputy will complete a Mail Violation Form and the mail will be placed in the inmate’s property until their release. The inmate will receive a copy of the violation form that will explain the violation and the sender will be notified of the violation as well.
Can I send a care package to an Inmate?
Can Inmates have access to Books, Magazines, and Newspapers?Books: Are available to inmates in the Pods and from the librarian. Purchase of Books: An Inmate is required to speak with the Law Librarian for approval to receive a book. Once the inmate has approval, it is the responsibility of the inmate to contact someone on the outside notifying them the request has been approved. The contacted person will need to order the book from a book store, or internet book store and have it MAILED directly from the publisher or supplier to the inmate with SID # via U.S. Postal Service ONLY. No hardbound books allowed. Mail violations still apply.
Magazines: Are only accepted from the publisher or supplier and must be MAILED directly from the publisher or supplier to the inmate with SID # via U.S. Postal Service ONLY. Mail violations still apply.