U.S. Postal Service, ASM, Sec. 274.96
“Authorized personnel of prisons, jails, or other correctional institutions, under lawful rules and
may open, examine and censor mail addressed to an inmate of the institution, if the inmate-addressee
receive his or her mail at the institution through the institutional authorities. If the inmate does not
the personnel may return it to the post office unopened, marked “Refused”. An inmate may designate in
agent outside the institution to receive his or her mail, either through an authorized address of the agent
mail is so addressed, or at the delivery post office serving the institution, if the mail is addressed to
the inmate at the institution.”
Correspondence from inmates does not become U.S. Mail until it comes into the actual custody and control of
Service, either when given to a postal employee or when deposited into a receptacle authorized by the
for the receipt of mail: (i.e a street collection box, lobby drop in a U.S. Post Office, etc.). Therefore,
are considered actual mail matter as referenced above, the federal laws pertaining to the protection of mail
matter do not apply.
- All general mail will be placed in the mail collection box unsealed.
- All legal mail will be properly marked “Legal Mail” on the front of the envelope, and will be
to a Congressman, Judge, Attorney or other official who qualifies for confidential communication.
- Legal Mail will be taken to the Pod Officer before it is sealed. The offender will show the Pod Officer
that there is
no contraband contained in the envelope before it is sealed. The offender will be allowed to seal the
letter at that time.
The witnessing officer will then initial the back of the envelope and the front “Legal Mail”. The
envelope can then be placed
in to the mail collection box. Legal Mail that is received by the Mail Officer without the Officer’s
initials will be returned
to the offender.
- All Mail will be the proper postage applied. Mail with bleached postage stamps applied to them will not
- Mail addressed between two offenders currently incarcerated in the Greene County Jail will not be
- Mail that has drawings on the face of the envelope or postcard will not be accepted in the mail. The
Postal Service indicates
that such drawings cause problems with their sorting equipment.
- Outgoing mail will not be accepted without a return address. The return address will have the
offenders name, 1199 N Haseltine
RD Springfield, MO 65802 and inmate’s jacket number.
- Sending mail by any method other than stated above is a violation of the facility rules. Underground
mail (passing of notes to anyone)
- Mail that is to be delivered to a Judge or Public Defender from Greene County may be given to the Pod
Officer for forwarding to their
- Mail will not be approved on the weekends.
- Magazines: we do not allow individual magazine or newspaper subscriptions
- Books: All books must be pre-approved by our Programs Coordinator. Any inquiries can be directed by
at (417) 829-6606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org