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Inmates housed at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center now have two ways to receive mail: Tradition Mail via the US Postal Service and new Inmate E-mail.

Inmate E-Mail:

To send an Inmate an E-mail FOR A SMALL FEE please proceed to Secure Instant Mail to set up an account.


Traditional Mail:

All traditional mail must be sent through the US Post Office and cannot be hand delivered to the jail. Mail will be delivered to inmates between 2:00pm and 10:00pm Monday-Friday except on holidays. Mail must be in manila or mailing evelopes that are no larger than 9x12, and any greeting cards sent can be no larger than 6x9.

Pictures are limited to 16 photos, no larger than 5x7, and no Polaroid's.

Books and magazines are acceptable but must be new and shipped from the publisher or warehouse and not from a bookstore, and invoice should show they have been paid in full. (Nothing hardback or sexually explicit)

Newspapers may be mailed in by subscription only from the News Agency directly to the inmate. Any mail containing anything considered "contraband" can be returned in whole to the sender at the discretion of the jail staff.

The following is a list of some items considered to be contraband and are strictly prohibited:

-Any plans for sending contraband in or out of the facility

-Any plans for criminal activity, instructions for manufacture of weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages.

-Any threatened blackmail or extortion.

-Any plans or instructions for escape or unauthorized entry

-Any other materials which would, if communicated, create a serious danger to the security, safety, or sanitation of the facility.

-Any materials that advocate racial, religious, or national hatred in such a way to create a serious danger of violence in the facility or disruption of facility security.

-Any materials that encourage sexual behavior which is criminal or in violation of facility rules and would impede rehabilitation.

-Any foreign substances on mail or in envelopes, including but not limited to: crayon, marker, color pencil, paint, glitter, glitter pen, glue, lipstick, stickers, tape, whiteout, water marks, questionable stains, staples, paperclips, postage stamps, extra envelopes, stationary, bubble wrap, tissue paper, body fluids, internet materials, laminated materials, plastic or metal objects, edible foods or candies, excessive perfumes, advertisings, sweepstakes, or lottery cards.

-Any photos with nudity (bare breasts, buttocks, or genital area).

-Any photos with hand gestures.


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