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  • Incoming certified or registered mail that requires a signature for receipt WILL NOT be accepted.

  • Incoming mail must have the inmate's first and last name and PID number on the correspondence.

  • Upon request, indigent inmates will receive postage and stationery through the Inmate commissary system.

  • Books, magazines, newspapers, or periodicals will be accepted only if they are sent directly from a bookstore, publisher, or independent sellers. Such materials MUST be accompanied by an invoice.

  • ALL INMATES WHO RECEIVE MORE THAN THE ALLOTTED AMOUNT OF BOOKS AND MAGAZINES A DAY WILL BE RETURNED TO THE SENDER. HARDBACK BOOKS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Inmates are only allowed five (5) books and five (5) magazines in their cells at any given time. There are three (3) exceptions to these limits: the Bible; other religious books; and legal texts. (ALL EXCESS MUST BE SENT OUT AND WILL NO LONGER BE HELD IN PROPERTY)

  • Legal mail is exempt from standard procedures for inspection. The Housing Supervisor will open all legal mail in the presence of the inmate to check for contraband

  • All incoming mail must have a return address, or it will be marked as dead mail and returned to the Post Office.
RESTRICTED PUBLICATIONS
  • When material received for inmates violates MCSO policies, the mail clerk will return the material to the sender or place it in the inmate's property bag.

  • Certain publications are banned because of inappropriate content. For a list of all banned publications please click here, contact the mailroom or have the inmate request a copy of the banned publications list as this list changes on a regular basis.

  • All other periodicals will be censored for inappropriate content before being sent to an inmate. Periodicals deemed inappropriate will be sent to the inmate's property. Only two property bags are permitted in property and if/when an inmate exceeds his/her allotted space for property, items will need to be picked up by family/friends within 7 days of notification to the inmate or will be destroyed. Excess Federal inmate property is mailed to an address per the inmate.
UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS IN INMATE CORRESPONDENCE
Any mail or contents that the mailroom deems as unacceptable will be returned to sender. The following is a list of items that if sent by mail will not be accepted into the MCSO jail facilities. The list includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Money orders, checks, or money (currency)

  • Food

  • Polaroid's, stickers, tape, plastic, wood, cloth, glass, ribbon, metal, magnets, staples, paper clips

  • Illicit or enticing photos

  • Material containing instructions for the manufacture of explosives, drugs, or other unlawful substances

  • Material advocating violence within the facility

  • Material advocating racial, religious, or national hatred

  • Material advocating and encouraging sexual behavior that is criminal or in violation of the facility rules or detrimental to rehabilitation

  • Material that is pornographic, illicit, erotic, and enticing in nature

  • Gang-related material such as signs and/or symbols

  • Material that contains nudity or is sexually explicit in nature

  • Perfume sprayed on the envelope or letter

  • Lipstick

  • Glued contents, paperclips, clasps

  • Sticker address labels not allowed (handwritten only)

  • Gang symbols or drawings

  • Profanity on envelopes

  • Music lyrics printed from the internet that are obscene, violent or deemed inappropriate

  • Newspaper clippings, pamphlets, stamps or envelopes

  • Correspondence sent in cardboard envelopes or bubble envelopes

  • Photocopies of books or magazines will not be accepted

  • No more than ten internet printed pages per envelope will be accepted
Mail for inmates incarcerated in the Mecklenburg County Jail System must be mailed to the following address:

(Inmate's name as it appears on their wristband and PID)
P.O. Box 34429
Charlotte, N.C. 28234-4429
  • Personal mail in the form of boxes, packages or oversize envelopes will not be accepted. Such items will be returned to the sender

  • Do not send money to an inmate at this address. It will be returned to sender