Sacto 9-1-1
December 11, 2012
New jail mail policy intended to keep out contraband

Family and friends of Sacramento County jail inmates who want to communicate in writing will have to correspond via postcards.

Beginning Feb. 10, the Sacramento County Main Jail and Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center will limit all incoming mail, with the exception of legal mail and other specifically approved correspondence, to standard postcards, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The change in policy will not affect outgoing mail sent by inmates.

The postcard-only policy for incoming mail is intended to increase safety and security by making it more difficult to get contraband into the facilities, officials said. It also will reduce the amount of time staff members have to spend processing and screening incoming mail, and allow them to handle other needs in the facilities.

Inmates will still be able to to receive official mail from government agencies and business entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, charities, trusts, nonprofit and other organizations. They also will be able to receive up to 10 photographs, as well as money orders and cashiers checks through the mail. Books, newspapers and magazine subscriptions will not be affected by the policy change.

Additional information regarding inmate mail and correspondence is available at

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