Inmate Mail Policy

Only the Following Items Will Be Accepted Through the Mail System for Inmates

  • Twenty U.S. postage stamps attached to 20 envelopes with one sheet of writing paper in each envelope
  • Envelopes without stamps will not be accepted.
  • Only one package per week
  • Mail is not delivered on weekends nor on holidays
  • No loose address labels
  • Two softbound books or 2 magazines (no cologne samples or subscription forms)
  • One softbound Bible
  • Only 5 photos in each letter is excepted
  • Five 5 inches by 7 inches or smaller photographs (limit 5 photographs per inmate per booking)
  • Money orders and cashier's checks only, no cash will be accepted
All contraband or unacceptable/excessive items that are delivered by the mail will be impounded as evidence or destroyed and disposed of. Items will not be sent back to the sender.

Such Items Include but Are Not Limited to the Following

  • Excessive writing paper
  • Excessive envelopes or non-stamped envelopes
  • Unauthorized reading material
  • Inappropriate/explicit material
  • Picture sheets
  • Pens/pencils
  • All items similar in nature
Once the inmate is notified of the rejected mail due to contraband, unacceptable items or excessive number of items, it will be their responsibility to contact the sender to notify them of the rejection and destruction of the item.

Correspondence Rejection

  1. Correspondence and publications shall be rejected sent to or from an inmate if it is determined detrimental to the security of the Detention Center or to the protection of the public, or if it facilitates criminal activity.
  2. The Mailroom Supervisor shall determine, using the guidelines established in this procedure, material that is to be rejected and not authorized for inmates to have in their possession.
  3. If a question exists as to whether material is authorized, the Administrative and Operational Commanders shall make the determination. The Jail Administrator may make the final determination, if necessary.
  4. Property, correspondence and or publications that are in excess of allowable property or is rejected for any of the below listed reasons will be destroyed and not returned to the sender.
  5. It is the responsibility of the inmate to notify the sender of rejected and or destroyed correspondence.
  6. Correspondence which may be rejected include but not limited to the following:
    • Anything of a threatening nature or contraband or anything that suggest plans for escape or illegal activity.
    • Extortion
    • Violation of a code
    • Sexually explicit material (for example, personal photographs) which by its nature or content poses a threat to inmates safety and security. A photograph in which the subject is nude, displays genitals or female breasts, or when the photo depicts sexually suggestive acts such as: intercourse, fellatio or sodomy.
    • Solicitation for the receipt of any newspaper or magazine not paid for in advance. All orders for publications must be first approved by the Jail Administrator or designee and will be made directly to the publisher of the material or to a legitimate bookstore or distributor.
    • The purchase of any material contingent on future orders in a video or record club, book of the month clubs.
    • Publications will be prohibited that:
      1. Contain instructions for manufacture of drugs, explosives, or other unlawful substances; or
      2. Advocates the overthrow of the U.S. or other legitimate government; or
      3. Advocates terrorism, racial, religious of national hatred; or
      4. Depicts, describes or encourages activities which may lead to the physical violence or group disruption; or
      5. Contains sexually explicit material, which by the nature or content poses a threat to the security, good order or discipline of the facility or facilitates criminal activity; or
      6. Contains gang related material, information, photographs; or
      7. Contains visual representation, actual or simulated sexual activity to include intercourse, sodomy (oral or anal) bestiality, sodomy, or child pornography.
Mailing address:
(Inmate Name) C/O 
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office 
Detention Center
201 N. Shartel Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102