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INMATE MAIL

UPDATED: June 24, 2016

While you are in the Macomb County Jail your address will be as follows:

Name, (inmate number, if known)

P.O. Box 2308

Mount Clemens, Michigan 48046-2308

  1. Contraband Check. All incoming personal mail will opened, read, and checked for contraband prior to delivery to maintain building safety and security.

    1. Envelopes. With the exception of those portions bearing a return address, personal mail envelopes will not be delivered to any prisoner.

    2. Prohibited Items. Incoming personal mail containing unauthorized/prohibited items as enclosures will be delivered without the enclosures, which will be placed in your property. Prohibited items include but are not limited to: postage stamps, food items, checks, bills, receipts, envelopes, labels, oversized cards, Polaroids, magnets, stickers, ribbon, metallic objects, ribbons, string, fiber and fabric, medications of any manner, controlled substances of any manner, nude or pornographic photos/materials depicting or representing in words, photographs or illustrations sexual exploitation, sexual violence, sado-masochism, dominance and submission, bondage, bestiality, child nudity, graphic sexual representations including but not limited to genital-genital, digital-genital, oral-genital, genital-anal, digital-anal, and oral-anal contact and/or penetration, or any other matters detrimental to the good order and discipline, and the safety and security of the Jail, its prisoners, and its staff.

  2. Outgoing Mail. All outgoing mail must be received by jail staff in an unsealed envelope with an address, return address, and proper postage.

    1. All outgoing mail will be read for the purpose of maintaining building safety and security.

    2. Outgoing mail without proper postage and return address will not be delivered.

  3. Inmate to Inmate Mail. Inmate to inmate mail (within the facility) is prohibited.

  4. Magazines. Magazine or newspaper subscriptions mailed directly to the inmate in the inmate's name will be accepted and allowed entry into the Jail.

  5. Hard Cover Books. Hard cover books will not be accepted or allowed entry into the Jail.

  6. Soft Cover Books and Magazines - Publisher Source. Soft covered books and publications received directly from a Publisher will be accepted and allowed entry into the Jail. Publisher shall mean any publisher, book store, or book distributor which engages in mail order business. The term publication means a book, booklet, pamphlet, or similar document, or a single issue of a magazine, periodical, newsletter, newspaper.

  7. Content Censorship. A publication will not be subject to censorship based solely upon its religious, philosophical, political, or social content, or content which is unpopular or repugnant. The following, however, will be censored:

    1. Content which depicts, encourages, or describes procedures for the manufacture, construction, or use of weapons, ammunition, bombs, or incendiary devices;

    2. Content which depicts, encourages, or describes methods of escape from correctional facilities, or contains blueprints, drawings or similar descriptions of any local, state, or federal jail, prison, detention, or confinement facility including the Macomb County jail;

    3. Content which depicts, encourages, or describes, or otherwise instructs methods and procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages, the manufacture of drugs, and/or the hoarding, alteration, preservation, combining, mixing, compounding, alteration, or reformulation of prescription medications;

    4. Content which depicts, encourages, describes, or otherwise instructs methods and procedures for smuggling or introducing contraband into any local, state, or federal jail, prison, detention, or confinement facility;

    5. Content advocating hate, violence, and/or discrimination based on racial, gender, gender identification, or sexual preference;

    6. Content advocating gang affiliation and/or gang violence;

    7. Content depicting, describing, or otherwise representing in words, photographs, or illustrations any of the following: pornography, sexual exploitation, sexual violence, sado-masochism, dominance and submission, bondage, bestiality, child nudity, child molestation, forced sexual servitude, and/or graphic sexual representations including but not limited to genital-genital, digital-genital, oral-genital, genital-anal, digital-anal, and oral-anal contact and/or penetration, and/or any other content detrimental to the good order and discipline, and/or the safety and security of the Jail, its prisoner population, and its staff;

    8. Content advocating commission of acts of violence, including but not limited to assaultive conduct, transmittal of bodily fluids and waste matters, and communication of infectious diseases directed toward others including but not limited to prisoners, Jail staff and employees, medical staff, uniformed deputies and law enforcement personnel, Community Corrections personnel, chaplains, counselors, and visitors.

    9. Content written in code, including alpha-numeric, pictographic, and one-time cypher codes;

  8. Limits on Books, Newspapers, Magazines. All reading material is subject to the five (5) item maximum.

  9. Mail Forwarding. Under no circumstances will mail be forwarded or held for any inmate after his or her release or transfer.

  10. Legal/Privileged Mail.

    1. Legal/privileged mail may be opened only in the presence of the prisoner to whom it is directed and only for the limited purpose of conducting an examination for contraband.

    2. The content of legal/privileged mail may not be read without a court order.

    3. A legal source includes, but is not limited to:

      1. an attorney or law office,

      2. courts,

      3. prosecutor or prosecutors office,

      4. public defender or public defender's office,

      5. legal aid clinics,

      6. parole and probation offices and officers,

      7. Friend of the Court,

      8. legal assistance and legal aid organizations,

      9. legal rights advisory organization,

      10. legal advocacy organizations,

      11. legal news, and/or publishers of legal periodicals, manuals, and books, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Prison Legal News.

    4. A legal source need not share a pre-existing relationship with a prisoner.

    5. Prior to delivery of legal/privileged mail to a prisoner, Jail staff may verify the point of origin as a legal source by contacting the sender to verify the sender's status.

    6. In no event shall the delay occasioned by such verification exceed one business day. Failure to confirm the sender's status will not be grounds for withholding such mail from a prisoner.

    7. Any doubt concerning whether mail qualifies as legal mail should be resolved in favor of determining that the subject mail is legal mail.

    8. Envelopes in which legal mail is sent to a prisoner will also be delivered to the prisoner.

    9. If not from a legal source, incoming mail will be treated as personal mail.

  11. Notice of Rejected Mail. If any item of mail is censored or otherwise withheld from delivery to any inmate, a notice of censored/rejected mail will be provided to both the inmate and the sender.

    1. The notice will include a description of the censored item, the name of the intended recipient, the name and address of the sender, and an explanation of the reason that the item was censored with a reference to the objectionable portion of the censored item.

    2. Either (a) the prisoner to whom the censored/rejected item was directed or (b) the sender of the censored/rejected item, or (c) both, may appeal the censorship/rejection.

    3. The prisoner or sender may appeal the censorship/rejection.

    4. All appeals must be presented in writing.

    5. All appeals must be received by the Jail Captain within 21 days of the date of the notice of censorship/rejection.

    6. All appeals will be heard and decided by Jail command staff who did not participate in the initial censorship decision.

    7. Jail staff will retain the censored item until such time as all appeals have been resolved.

    1. Macomb County Sheriff's Office Notice of Rejected Mail Form

 
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