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Mailing Instructions
Incoming Mail Restrictions
Inmate mail is processed and distributed daily, with the exception of weekends and holidays. There is no limit to the amount of mail any inmate may send out or the amount of legal mail they may receive. There are, however, restrictions on incoming personal mail to inmates:
  • Inmates may only receive four magazines or books at a time and may not receive more than 10 photographs at any one time.
  • No stamps, envelopes, blank sheets of paper, newspaper clippings, or items from the internet are allowed in mail sent to inmates.

If these items are included with the mail, the entire letter with the unauthorized items will be returned to the sender.

Contraband Inspections
All regular and properly addressed mail is opened by the mail room staff and inspected for contraband. Sexually explicit materials and Polaroid photographs are considered contraband and are returned to the sender. Maximum acceptable size for allowable photographs is 4 by 6 inches.

Legal mail is delivered every workday to the inmates, unopened. Legal mail must be signed for by the inmate and is opened and inspected for contraband in the inmate's presence and then given to the inmate.

Inmates may receive magazines and newspapers if they come directly from a publisher. Paperback books may be sent from a reputable bookstore or publisher. Inmates may also receive cashier's checks, certified checks, money orders, federal government checks, work release checks, and other correctional facility inmate trust fund checks. Please see our Deposit Information page for more details.

How to Properly Address Mail
The sender must include their full name and complete return address as well as the inmate's complete name and Record and Identification Number (R&I#) on all correspondence. Any mail that is not properly addressed is returned to the sender unopened. No exceptions to these regulations will be made. It normally takes the post office three to four weeks to reroute return-to-sender mail. If a holiday is involved, the process takes four to six weeks. All mail should be addressed as follows:

Sender's Full Name
Street Address or P.O. Box
City, State Zip Code 


                                   Inmate's Name and R&I# 
                                   Division of Correction 
                                   1045 Mullins Station Rd.
                                   Memphis, TN 38134

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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