Mail is one of the best, most reliable, and cheapest ways you can maintain communication with your inmate. A quick letter, note or card means more to an inmate then you realize. The daily delivery of mail is one of the most looked forward to events for inmates. In Missouri you can send a hand written or typed letters to an inmate, and up to five 8.5″x11″ enclosures. Offenders may also receive photos, but the photos must come in a separate envelope from any other correspondence.
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Photos can be no larger than 4″x6″ and must not contain nudity. In addition, you may not send Polaroid or instant photos as these present a security risk. Never send any photos that show tattoos, or gang activities (certain hand gestures may be misconstrued as having a gang affiliation).
At no time can you send stamps, paper, envelopes, or any other items to an inmate. Inmates must purchase these items through the commissary.
When sending mail to your inmate, format it in the following manner:
Offender’s Name, ID Number
Facility Name (Housing Unit if known)
PO Box or Street address
City, State, Zip Code
Offenders can receive books and magazine subscriptions purchased by family members and friends through a reuputable vendor like Amazon.com. Inmates must have completed the reception and diagnosis process and be at their permanent facility before you can send publications. When ordering from Amazon.com you may only send paperback books, and they must be new directly from Amazon, no third party sellers or used books are allowed. You may also purchase a magazine subscription for your inmate through Amazon. Books and magazines must not contain nudity, or incite violence or hate. Furthermore, publications must not describe or depict how to make weapons, drugs, alcohol or contain maps or anything else that would jeopardize the security of the institution.