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Incoming Mail Regulations


Inmate Mail Correspondence

All correspondence, including money orders, must have a complete return name and address and be addressed in the following format:

Your Full Name
1234 Your Street
City, State, Zip

Inmate's Full Name (including middle initial)
C/O Washington County Detention Center
801 Jackson Street Suite 100
Salem, In 47167

The Washington County Detention Center has strict mail procedures that must be followed for the safety and security of the facility, staff, and inmates. Please follow these guidelines and rules to reduce delays and ensure timely delivery of mail. 

ALL unacceptable mail will be placed in the inmate's property and given to the inmate upon release. 

A full name (first and last) and return address must appear on the mail. Items received without this will be marked "Return to Sender". We do not accept mail identified for example as "The Smith's", "Mom & Dad", "John", etc. as a return address. Third-Party mail is NOT allowed. Return address and name must reflect the enclosed author's true identity.

Money orders are acceptable forms of money for credit through the mail to an inmate's account. All other forms of money received in the mail will be returned. 

Unauthorized items in or attachments on any mail item, such as glue, tape, stickers, lipstick, glitter, staples, paperclips, post-it notes, or paint are prohibited. Crayon or colored ink drawings are not allowed. Stamps, blank paper, cardboard, card stock, and envelopes or machine-stamped envelopes are prohibited. 

Items with perfume, cologne, or other such fragrances are prohibited. This includes perfumed ink. No foreign or unidentifiable substances in or on any mail item are allowed.

Sexually explicit/inflammatory material is prohibited.

Material that threatens or is detrimental to the security, good order, and discipline of the facility is prohibited. No drawings/pictures associated with gang affiliations of any type will be allowed. Correspondence using code, including gang slang, code words, nicknames, monikers, etc. are prohibited. 

Mail which may be in violation of federal or state law.

Hand, courier, or mail with postage due will not be accepted.

Newspapers, magazines, books, or other periodicals must be received directly from the publisher or book clubs such as Barnes and Noble.

Crime Tip Hotline 812-883-6566or via Email