Inmate Mail

It is the policy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to facilitate the collection, handling and distribution of inmate mail to ensure that such correspondence does not jeopardize public safety or the security interests of the facility.

  1. There is no limit on the number of letters an inmate may send or receive.
  2. Certain types of funds may be mailed to the inmate or the facility which will be accounted for and deposited in the inmate account.  Bank checks, certified checks, money orders, business payroll checks, and government checks are generally accepted for deposit.  Cash should not be sent through the mail, and personal checks will not be accepted for deposit.
  3. Soft cover authorized books and magazines will be accepted only if mailed directly from the publisher.  Any hard cover books will be secured with the inmate’s personal property in the facility property room. 
  4. Collect On Delivery (C.O.D.) letters or packages of any kind will not be accepted, except with prior approval from the Sheriff or Superintendent/Special Sheriff.
  5. Incoming mail shall be disapproved only to prevent interference with institutional goals of security, order or rehabilitation, or if such correspondence might facilitate, encourage or instruct in criminal activity, the contents of which fall as a whole or in significant part, into any one of the following categories:

a. Information or materials which could clearly and reasonably be expected to encourage the use of physical violence or group disruption of the facility operations

b. Threats of blackmail or extortion

c. Plans for sending contraband in or out of the facility

d. Plans to escape

e. Plans for activities in violation of the Office of the Sheriff or facility  regulations, orders or policies

f. Criminal activity or plans for criminal activity

g. Coded messages

h. Correspondence which contains electronic or other non-paper parts, or is comprised of parts that are glued, stapled, taped or otherwise affixed together

i. Greeting cards larger than 8’ by 10”, photographs larger than 5” by 8”, or pages of news/article clippings

j. Descriptions of the making of any weapon, explosive, poison, or destructive device

k. Sexually explicit material, graphic presentations of sexual behavior that are in violation of law, or material which advocate or may lead to prohibited sexual activity

l. Correspondence which contains items that can be purchased through inmate canteen such as blank paper, stamps, or envelopes