Youth may send letters, and they may receive letters, money, or stamps through the mail.
Youth must buy stamps using money in their trust account. If they do not have enough money in their account to buy stamps, we will provide them with three stamps per week.
Staff open and inspect all mail to make sure that it is appropriate and to look for items that are not allowed. This is to keep all youth and staff safe.
To help us make sure mail gets to your child, please put their full legal name and Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) number, if you know it, on the envelope. Please include a return address.
Please do not wrap gifts — this is for the safety of all our youth. You may put the gifts in unsealed decorated gift bags or boxes.
The following types of mail are not allowed, and may be rejected:
- Mail with escape plans or plans to commit a crime or violate facility rules.
- Sexually explicit material.
- Contraband items, including but not limited to weapons, explosives, medications, electronic items, negotiable instruments (orders or promises to pay money), or photos with chemical substances on the back.
- Mail from other incarcerated people, including other youth at OYA facilities, unless the facility superintendent approves in advance.
- Mail to or from the youth's victims, including through third parties, unless the facility superintendent approves in advance.
- Publications that are contraband or harmful to a youth's reformation.
- Mail with attachments or enclosures that are glued, taped, or otherwise affixed to the envelope or its contents, such as stickers.
- Mail that does not have a sending or return address.
- Unauthorized business transactions, such as subscription promotions or credit card requests or applications.
If your mail is rejected, we will notify you and your youth within five business days of when we reject it. The notification will include information about how to appeal. Read more about OYA's mail policy