Inmate Mail

Incoming Mail

-All incoming mail must have a return name and full return address.

​ Mail that does not have a name and return address will be placed in the inmate’s property (with the exception of legal mail). Incoming mail must be addressed to the inmates’ full name, (the name and spelling under which you were booked), or it will be returned to the sender.

​ -No packages of any kind will be accepted (other than publisher rule), and will be returned to the sender. -Inmates may have two (2) newspaper subscriptions and three (3) magazine subscriptions at their expense; however, the inmate may not keep more than one day’s newspapers or three magazines in his/her cell.

​ -Printed material will be accepted from a publisher, amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com ONLY. Only two items per package will be accepted. Any magazine or material that contains obscene pictures, racist or “hate” materials, incites violence, or that otherwise compromises the safety, security or proper order of this facility will be returned to sender.
​ Inmates are only allowed the following reading materials in their cell:

                                            ​• 5 books total (GENERAL READING BOOKS)
​                                            • three religious books/pamphlets/bible studies
​                                            • TWO different newspaper subscriptions sent from the publisher
​                                            • THREE magazine subscriptions sent from the publisher and only possess                                               THREE magazines at one time
.

It is the inmate’s responsibility to manage the reading materials being sent in. Items of excess will be placed in the inmate’s property. The staff will not be responsible for trading items out.

​ -An incoming envelope of General Mail may contain the following items: no more than five (5) pages of handwritten or typed correspondence, two photographs (on photograph paper/no polaroid) no larger than 4” by 6”, and authorized money. Envelopes containing excessive items will be placed in property.

​ -All incoming mail will be opened and inspected by the Inmate Trust Fund Officer or his designee, unless it is clearly marked as legal mail and is sent from a government official, courts or attorneys. This is done to inspect for contraband and to permit the removal of funds for crediting to the Inmate Trust Account before being forwarded on to the inmate. Any items other than items mentioned in this section will be confiscated and placed in the inmate’s property.

​ -Mail from Government Officials, Courts and Attorneys will be opened in the presence of the inmate.

​-Any letters or drawings made with markers, crayons, paints, glitter, perfume, stickers, lipstick or any body fluids etc. will not be accepted and will be placed in your property. Letters should be typed, or written in pencil or a regular ink pen.

​ -Mail that is sent in from a friend or family member that contains legal documents is not considered privileged. -Mail is distributed within 24 hours of receipt at the jail, except during weekends and holidays.

​ -No pages printed from social media sites.

​-Envelopes from incoming mail will be discarded. Inmates will have the option of copying the return address from the envelope if needed.

​ AS OF MAY 1, 2016, THE TIPPECANOE COUNTY JAIL WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT GREETING CARDS AS INCOMING / OUTGOING MAIL.

​ -Mail received in greeting card envelopes will be treated as a greeting card and will not be distributed to inmate.