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Sending a Letter

The only items inmates may receive directly from friends or family are photos and letters. Books, magazines, and newspapers must be sent to the inmate directly from a publisher/distributor. All other items, such as games or food, are prohibited. Because of this, letters are very important to inmates and are always appreciated.

To send a letter to an inmate, the following MUST be included on the envelope:

  • Inmate’s name as it appears on their Oregon Department of Corrections records (no nicknames) 
  • Inmate’s Oregon state offender identification number (SID#)
  • Correct facility name and complete address
  • A return address with the complete name and address of the sender
If you need to find an inmate’s correct name, SID number and other information, you can use the Inmate Lookup System.

To keep our facilities secure and your incarcerated loved ones safe, there are several restrictions on letters:

  • All mail is opened and reviewed by facility staff before being given to the inmate.
  • Envelopes cannot be more than ¼ inch thick.
  • Stickers, glitter, crayons, glue, musical or decorative cards are not allowed.
  • Scent or lipstick on either the envelope or its contents is not allowed.
  • Blank paper, self-addressed stamped envelopes, and pornography are not allowed.
  • Unauthorized content is not allowed.
If you have questions about mail, please contact the facility where your loved one is housed. You can also learn more about inmate mail by reading the Oregon Administrative Rule.

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