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Callaway County Jail – Mail Policy

Callaway County is a postcard-only facility for all incoming mail, with the exception of Legal Mail Effective 05/01/2021.

Outgoing Mail

  • Detention Staff will collect all mail during the dedicated mail pass
  • All legal mail will be properly marked “Legal Mail” on the front of the envelope and will be legitimately addressed to officials who qualify for confidential communication.
  • Legal Mail will be presented to the Detention Officer before it is sealed. The inmate will show the Detention Officer that there is no contraband contained in the envelope before it is sealed. The inmate will be allowed to seal the letter at that time. The witnessing Detention Officer will then initial the back of the envelope and the front of the “Legal Mail”.
  • All mail will have proper postage applied. Mail with bleached postage stamps applied to them will not be mailed.
  • Mail addressed between two inmates currently incarcerated in the Callaway County Jail will not be mailed.
  • Mail that has drawings on any part of the envelope will not be accepted in the mail. The Postal Service indicated that such drawings cause problems in the sorting equipment.
  • Outgoing Mail will not be accepted without a return address. The return address will have the inmate’s name, Callaway County Jail, PO Box 817 Fulton, MO 65251
  • Sending or receiving a mail by any method other than stated above is a violation of the facility rules. Underground mail (passing notes to anyone) is forbidden.

Incoming Mail

  • All incoming personal mail will be on a postcard. Postcards must be no larger than 5”x7”.
  • All incoming postcards must be standard white postcards, no index cards or photographs.
  • Mail received from another jail, prison, or any confinement facility, will be returned to the sender.
  • Mail and correspondence from Courts, Attorneys, Officers of the Court, and Government Agencies will be opened and inspected by an officer in the inmate’s presence. Failure to do so will result in Mail or Correspondence returned to the sender.
  • We are a postcard-only facility. No monetary items in any form will be accepted through the mail for deposit in the inmate trust fund account and will be returned to sender. All funds must be deposited using the Lobby Kiosk, accesscorrections.com, or Homewav.com for phone time.
  • Due to limited shortage in areas, packages will not be accepted into the jail. Instead the packages will be refused and returned to the sender. No holiday or birthday cards and/or packages will be accepted.
  • Mail received for inmates who have been released from custody will be returned to sender, provided the item is unopened. The jail will not hold mail for inmates after they have been released.
  • Stamps will be removed (cut) from the postcard prior to inmate possession.

Unacceptable postcards will be returned to the sender

  1. Defaced or altered postcards are unacceptable
  2. No plastic/wrappings on postcards
  3. No labels or stickers will be accepted
  4. No postcards with watermarks or stains
  5. No postcards with bio-hazards, including lipstick and perfume
  6. No postcards depicting nudity, weapons, drug use, or gang references
  7. No glitter will be accepted
  • All postcards must be addressed with complete names and clearly legible
  • Incoming postcards must contain the sender’s complete first and last name, complete return address, and the intended recipient’s complete name
  • The sender may have the right to appeal the incoming mail process by mailing such appeal to be addressed to:

D.O. Shona Myers
Callaway County Jail
PO Box 817
Fulton, MO 65251

Mail Limitation

  • Mail will not be delivered on the weekends and holidays
  • Magazines, books, and newspaper subscriptions are not allowed

NOTE: The U.S. Postal Service will not return magazines and newspapers to the sender in the absence of the Inmate. It is entirely the inmate’s responsibility to notify the publisher of his or her change of address or desire to cancel the subscription. The jail will not be responsible whatsoever for a former inmate’s loss due to the inmate’s failure to notify a publisher of his/her release from our custody.