Inmates in Minnesota can send and receive correspondence through the mail. All mail is opened and reviewed with the exception of legal mail which cannot be read, but may still be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate.
You can send your inmate letters, greeting cards and post cards that do not contain electronics, and photos. Inmate’s are allowed a maximum of twenty photos per envelope, Polaroid photos are not allowed as they pose a security risk when the backing is present. Photos must not contain nudity or contain anything that may pose a threat to the safety or security of the institution. Never send mail that contains perfume, hair, bodily fluids, lipstick, glue, stickers, paper clips, staples etc.
All mail you send to an inmate must have the OID (Offender Identification) number and full name present. For instance, when sending mail to an inmate you should format it in the following manner:
Inmate Name, OID Number
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
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Inmates can also receive electronic messages called ‘O-mail’ sent through corrlinks.com. The cost to send one message is thirty cents. Inmates do not have access to the internet, the messages are printed at the facilities mail room and delivered like regular mail.
Offenders in Minnesota are also allowed to receive books and magazines as long as they come directly from a publisher like Amazon.com. All books must be paperback and must come new, third party sellers are not permitted. You can also send magazine and newspaper subscriptions through Amazon.com. Be sure to include the inmates name and OID number in the shipping address, and ship to the inmate mailing address. Publications may not contain nudity, describe or depict how to manufacture drugs/alcohol, or explain how to make weapons. Any publications with maps, or that contain hate speech, advocate violence etc. may pose a threat to the security of the institution and will be rejected