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 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.
General Mail Rules
Incoming Mail – mail sent from family, friends, acquaintances, etc. to an Inmate.
Must be postcard style or letters as defined above.
Post cards must have inmate's first and last name and SID #.
Inmate Roster for exact name and SID
Address the mail as:
( Inmate First & Last Name / SID #)
4000 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317
All incoming mail will be reviewed for violations.
Metered postage is preferred. Postage stamps will be removed before delivery to inmates.
Outgoing Mail – mail sent from an Inmate to family, friends, acquaintances, etc.
Must be postcard style or letters as defined above.
May be purchased pre-stamped from commissary.
All outgoing mail will be reviewed for violations.
Please note: Violations will result in the mail being returned to sender or placed in the inmate's property bin.
- 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
- Foreign Substances
- Oversized mail/postcards
- More than 10 pages
- Drawings on front or back of envelope
- Published items must come from publisher (see more info below under "frequently asked questions")
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.
Legal and Professional Mail Rules
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.
Mail Definitions and Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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?
Inmates housed in the Jail cannot receive packages of any kind. However, the Access Securepak program is provided by Keefe Commissary. These gift/care packages may be purchased for inmates online at:
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.
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.
Inmates can request a Bible from the Law Librarian. Inmates can also attend a religious program and receive religious materials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer who facilitates that particular program.
How do I appeal a decision regarding mail that was returned to me or confiscated by the Jail?
An appeal of returned or confiscated mail must be made, in writing, within fifteen days from the date the notice is sent to the sender. Appeals will normally be decided by a jail command officer, and will not be heard by the same person who issued the Notice of Returned or Confiscated Mail. The appeal must state specifically why the sender believes that the mail or publication does not violate the jail rule as alleged. A decision on the appeal will normally be made within fifteen days from the date the appeal is delivered to the jail command officer. Specific information about the appeals process will be included in the Returned or Confiscated Mail Notice. The appeal should be sent to: Jail Command Officer Attn: Denied Mail Appeal, Marion County Jail, 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon 97317.