Inmates incarcerated in Michigan prisons are allowed to receive written or typed letters, and photos. Incoming and outgoing mail can be opened and inspected, and in some cases read, with the exception of legal mail which can be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate. Stamps, stickers, and other items are prohibited from being mailed to an inmate. Stamps, stationary, writing instruments and envelopes must be purchased by the inmate through the commissary. If an inmate does not have any funds in their commissary account and is considered indigent, the facility will loan funds that can be used for postage, envelopes and paper.
All mail you send to an inmate must have your complete name and return address listed in the upper left hand corner of the envelope. You must also format the inmate’s address in the following manner:
Inmate Name, MDOC Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
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When sending photos to an inmate you must adhere to certain rules. The photos must never contain nudity, including sheer/see through clothing, or depict illegal activities. You may send up to five 4″x6″ photographs at a time in a single envelope with a single stamp.
Inmates incarcerated in Michigan can also receive and send electronic messages through JPAY. You will need to sign up for an account and purchase electronic stamps through the company. In addition, all electronic messages are scanned for inappropriate content.
Offenders can also receive quarterly care packages sent through Access Securepak. Inmates are allowed one package per quarter which must not exceed $85 in value. Visit the Access Securepak website for more information.
In order to send books and magazines to an inmate you must order them through an approved vendor. Amazon.com is one of the approved vendors you can send these items through. The books must always be new and from Amazon.com (no third party sellers or used books allowed). In addition, books must always be paperback. Hardcover and spiral bound books are prohibited for safety reasons. All publications must not contain nudity, maps, or describe the manufacture of drugs or alcohol