- The postage stamps will either be blackened by a grease pencil or removed to prevent bleaching or re-use.
- Mail received from another Jail and/or Penal Institution will be returned to the sender unless special approval has been granted by the Jail Captain or his designee.
- Mail will be opened and inspected for contraband articles that might be enclosed. The only exception to this is correspondence form Attorneys, Judges, or Congressmen which will be opened and inspected by an Officer in the presence of the Prisoner.
- Mail containing letters from a third party will be returned to the sender. If the third party letter is from a Prisoner from the Christian County Jail or other Penal Institution, no mail will be allowed to be sent to or received from the person sending the third party letter.
- All negotiable instruments received through the mail will not be accepted into the Jail. Instead the packages will be refused and returned to the sender. No Christmas or birthday packages will be accepted.
- Mail received for Prisoners who have been released from custody will be returned to sender. The Jail will not hold mail for you after you have been released.
- Any incoming mail containing items of contraband will be returned to sender.
- All incoming mail must have a proper return address (First and last name) on the envelope.
NOTE: You are allowed a total of 10 letters and/or cards. The total amount will not exceed 10 and total picture limits will not exceed 5 unless the Prisoner has a photo album. All amounts above these limits will be mailed out at the Prisoners cost or disposed of.
Mail will not be delivered on the weekends.
Letters that contain the following items will be returned to the sender:
· Stamps and/or envelopes
· Hair, foreign substance and/or scent (powder or liquid)
· Photographs larger than 5X7 inches, or Polaroid photographs, computer photos
· Pornographic material
· Greeting cards that are larger than 6X9 inches, glued backs or musical cards, and cards that contain glitter
· Any plastic or laminated material
· Any paper that is glued, taped or stapled, and/or stickers
· Any food, candy or gum
· Reproduction of books, articles, or web sights
· Mail from another Penal Institution
· Books, magazines or pamphlets not mailed from the publisher
· Personal checks
· Publications that violate the U.S. Postal regulations or advocate violence or rebellion against any governmental authority
· Publications which depict the use or manufacture of firearms, explosives, or other weapons
· Publications which contain self defense tactics, locksmith instructions, or escape techniques
NOTE: Pornographic photographs are not allowed. Exchanges of photographs in the Prisoner’s possession with those in his or her property will not be allowed.
A. CARDS– May be no larger than 6X9 inches in size, non-pornographic, non-padded, and non-musical. Additionally, cards that have been folded over and glued together, whether by the manufacturer or sender, are not allowed. Cards, like photographs, are not to be affixed to the walls or furniture. Violations will result in the confiscation of the cards. Excessive amounts of cards (5 or more) will be mailed out by the Prisoner or you will be required to dispose of all cards over this amount.
B. MAGAZINES– Are accepted only when it is on a subscription basis and is mailed directly from the publisher. They will be given to the Prisoner on an exchange basis only. The Prisoner will have to surrender the previous issue of the magazine prior to receiving the new issue. Magazines will be stored in property bins. After the Prisoner has surrendered the previous issue it will be placed in the Prisoner property or may be destroyed at the Prisoner’s request. No pornographic magazines will be accepted. Note: only one magazine subscription at a time.
C. NEWSPAPERS– Are accepted only on a subscription basis mailed directly from the publisher. They may be given to the Prisoner on an exchange basis only. The Prisoner must surrender the previous issue before receiving the new issue. Prisoners subscribing to a 7 day a week newspaper results in the receipt of 3 papers on Monday. They will be required to surrender 3 newspapers on Tuesday prior to receiving a new issue on Tuesday. Accumulation of newspapers in the cell block areas will not be allowed. Following the exchange, the old newspaper will be disposed of. Note: only one newspaper subscription at a time.
D. BOOKS– Are accepted only if they are soft back books and that are mailed directly from the publisher. You may only have 3 books at a time in your cell. If you receive a new book and you already have 3 in your cell, you will be required to surrender one book to receive the new one. Excess books will be placed in the Prisoners property bin. If the Prisoners property bin becomes to full, the Prisoner will be required to release property or dispose of some, as we are not a storage building.
E. Magazines– Any magazines, newspapers, or books found in the possession of a Prisoner other than the Prisoner who has subscribed or ordered will be considered contraband and will be confiscated.
Pornographic material will not be accepted under any circumstances.
NOTE: The U.S. Postal Service will not return magazines and newspapers to the sender in the absence of the Prisoner. It is entirely the responsibility of the Prisoner to notify the publisher of his or her change of address or desire to cancel the subscription. The Jail will not be responsible whatsoever for a former Prisoner’s loss due to the Prisoner’s failure to notify a publisher of his/her release from our custody.