Sheriff's Office


ALL mail MUST have the inmates ID# on the front of the envelope and ALL money orders MUST have the inmates ID# on them.  Any mail not in compliance will be returned to sender.

Mail for inmates housed at the Annex facility on Grace Church Rd MUST be sent to the 115 W Liberty St address as well.

Inmate Mail Policy

Inmates in the Rowan County Detention Center may receive mail as set forth in these guidelines. Repeated violations may result in denial of mail privileges to the sender. Mail containing any of the following will be returned to the sender and the inmate notified that it has been returned.

Cash money or coins

Sticker address labels-All return name/address must be handwritten or typed

Polaroid photographs will no longer be allowed. Pictures are allowed but no more than 10 to an envelope

Pictures and greeting cards must be no larger than 4 X 6

No perfumed letters or envelopes

No lipstick

Any mail containing materials considered contraband or drugs

No obscene, violent, pornographic, sexually illicit, sexually erotic, sexually

prurient, sexually enticing obscene publications or writings

Envelopes or contents altered from original form or soaked/permeated in a liquid,

solid or gaseous solution

Materials containing instructions for the manufacture of explosives, drugs, weapons, alcohol, other unlawful substances or contraband

Materials advocating violence

Materials advocating hatred toward any individual or group

Materials advocating or encouraging sexual behavior that is criminal or in violation of the facility rules

Gang-related materials such as signs, drawings, language and symbols - to include pictures of persons displaying gang signs

Glue, paperclips, clasps, staples, magnets, stickers, tape, plastic, wood, cloth, glass, ribbon, liquids, metal, or any like materials

Profanity on envelopes

Communicating threats

Music lyrics printed from the internet or other medium that are obscene, violent, pornographic, or otherwise in violation of institutional rules

Stamps, blank paper, envelopes or other items that can be traded, sold, or used to gamble

Bubble envelopes

No more than 10 pages per letter, including printed material from the internet or other like media

Mail from other detention facilities or prison units is not allowed unless prior approval has been obtained from administrators

Effective 17 July 2008

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