QUESTIONS ABOUT INMATE MAIL
Click on the links below for quick answers to your questions:
Who may send mail to an inmate at NORCOR?
How may I send the mail?
How do I address the mail?
What may I mail to an inmate?
What can’t I mail to an inmate?
Do you open and inspect mail?
What happens if I mail contraband?
How do I send money to an inmate?
Whom do I contact if I have a question about inmate mail?
May I call to confirm delivery of an item?
Whom do I contact if I have a complaint about inmate mail?
Who may send mail to an inmate at NORCOR?
Anyone can send mail to an inmate with some restrictions. We will not accept mail from:
mail received from one inmate and sending it to another inmate.
On a case-by-case basis a command staff may impose restrictions on with whom an inmate may correspond on a personal basis.
How may I send the mail? Back to Top
We only allow inmates to receive mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service.
We do not accept hand delivered mail. We will not accept mail with postage due.
How do I address the mail? Back to Top
Clearly write the inmate’s complete name. Do not use nicknames. If you know the inmate’s middle name or initial and file number please include those. Send mail to the following address:
Inmate’s name, File number
201 Webber Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
Be sure to put your first and last name and return address on the mail! We will not deliver or hold mail for an inmate if it is missing a return address.
Please hand write your return address rather than using gummed or adhesive labels. We remove such labels from mail before giving it to the inmate. Without a return address the inmate may not be able to write to you because he or she may not know your address.
Do not place any stickers, liquid substances, or non-postal related stamps on the mail or seal it with a “lipstick” kiss.
Do not spray letters with perfume.
What may I mail to an inmate? Back to Top
Written correspondence (Except junk mail)
Legal or personal-business documents
Postcards and greeting cards
Pictures (Limit of 3 per letter)
Pictures may be either be photographs (up to 4 by 6 inches) or a printed piece of paper or a photocopy (up to 8 ½ by 11 inches). Multiple pictures or pictures mixed with text on a single sheet will count as one picture. Mounted, framed, or Polaroid pictures are not allowed. contraband, or be larger than 9 by 12 inches. Musical cards are not allowed.
Pamphlets (Limit of 3 per letter)
Must be eight pages or less. Pamphlets over 8 pages long are considered books.
Books are no longer accepted through administration window for individual inmates, however, they can be donated to the inmate library. You may NOT send books directly to an inmate. Inmates CAN receive paperback books directly from the publisher. Books may be up to 9 by 12 inches in size and must be paperback. Books may be new or used. Books must not have a plastic or metal binding. All books sent to an inmate shall become property of NORCOR upon the release of the inmate. (exception: personal Bibles).
Go to “How do I send money to an inmate?” for what is an acceptable form, source, and amount of money to send to an inmate.
What CANNOT be mailed to an inmate? Back to Top
Contraband items. Contraband is anything jail staff do not allow an inmate to have unless they authorize it. It’s anything not specifically approved for mailing under “What may I mail to an inmate?” Commonly mailed contraband items are:
Books (unless mailed directly from the publisher)
Transportation schedules, such as bus or train
Stickers and decals
Cosmetics, hair care, and hygiene items
Locks of hair and ribbons
Cigarettes, matches, and lighters
Dried or pressed flowers
Coupons and lottery tickets
Compact discs and cassette tapes
Items that exceed approved limits
Items from a non-approved source
Foreign substances, such as bodily fluids, lipstick, perfume, glitter, glue, and anything with unusual stains or odors.
Bookmarks, postage stamps, stationery, writing or drawing materials, and
Items with contraband content, either as words or pictures. Contraband content is anything that may threaten the safety, security, good order of the jail or may be detrimental to an inmate’s rehabilitation. This includes content that:
Threatens, plans, encourages, instructs in activity that is criminal or
violates jail rules
Could result in physical harm to
Is gang-related material
Is sexually explicit material (This is the most common reason for
Confiscating an item based on content. Be careful what you send!)
Is inflammatory material (This can include anything that incites or
advocates physical violence against others or the supremacy or
hatred of a class or group of people)
Is code or suspected code (This can include a foreign language if we
are unable to find a translator in a reasonable period of time)
Is fraudulently marked as legal or official mail
What happens if I mail contraband? Back to Top
One of three things will happen if we find contraband in your mail:
We will confiscate it, place it in the inmates property box, and not allow the inmate access to it while
lodged at NORCOR.
We will destroy it, if it presents a health or safety hazard.
We will confiscate it as evidence in a criminal investigation.
Depending on the degree of contraband violation command staff may restrict any future correspondence you have with an inmate.
***Introduction of contraband into a Corrections Facility is a Class C felony under ORS 162.185 and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.***
Whom do I contact if I have a question about inmate mail? Back to Top
You can contact jail staff by calling 541-298-1576 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm
May I call to confirm delivery of an item? Back to Top
No. It is the inmate’s responsibility to contact you to let you know they received something you mailed. Write to the inmate if you want to confirm delivery of an item you sent to him or her.