Clay County Jail Inmate Mail

Clay County Jail Inmate Mail

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:

Clay County Detention Center
Inmate's First and Last Name
41771 Hwy 77, Suite 2
Ashland, AL 36251
Phone: 256-354-2176

All mail sent to an inmate at the Clay County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Clay County Jail Inmate Mail Policies,
  • Mail Instructions,
  • What type of mail is NOT allowed,
  • Rules for Mailing Letters and Photos and Postcards
  • Emailing an inmate,
  • Policies for Sending Magazines, Newspapers, Books and Packages to Clay County Jail in Ashland, Alabama.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.
The Clay County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

TextBehind Digital & Letter Writing Service


TextBehind enables you to communicate with your incarcerated loved ones located inside the United States from anywhere in the world using text letters, kids' drawings, and custom greeting cards. Unlimited inmate reply letters are processed for electronic delivery to your smartphone and email at no extra charge.
The cost to send an electronic letter is approximately $1.00.

Here’s how it works:
1.    All offender mail (paper and electronic) is addressed and delivered to TextBehind. Electronic mail is sent through the apps (iphone, Google Play). Paper mail is sent to the address below:
Inmate Name and Inmate Number
Clay County Jail Alabama
(note: please do not abbreviate the name)
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

2.    If it was sent via TextBehind's app (iphone, Google Play), TextBehind can process it within one business day.
3.    An additional step is involved in processing mail that is sent using the U.S. Postal Service. TextBehind will  use a scanner to make digital files of the contents of the mailing—including cards, photos or artwork.
4.    All digital files are then forwarded to the offender’s assigned prison.
5.    The jail or prison's mailroom staff print approved pages and then delivers them to the inmate.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • TextBehind does not deliver any mail to the inmate directly, nor do they guarantee delivery of your letters to the inmates by the courier, jail or prison staff. Once they process your mail and ship them out on your behalf, they are out of the loop entirely. However, at times they may offer to resend your letters under certain strict conditions as a courtesy. 
  • Inmates do not receive any invites when you add them, and neither do they need to accept the use of TextBehind service. Once you add the inmate, you can create letters for them. 
  • There is NO guarantee that Clay County Jail will cooperate and process TextBehind 'mail', and then deliver it to your inmate. Only when jails enroll directly with TextBehind, is your inmate most likely to get your TextBhind communications.

Here’s what happens when TextBehind receives a letter from an inmate:

  • Upon receiving, TextBehind staff open their letters, scan, and upload high-quality images to your TextBehind account as a complimentary service. You are not required to have any money or credits balance in your TextBehind account to receive inmate letters.
  • Next, you will receive a text and email alert to notify you of any new incoming reply letters. At that time, you can log into the TextBehind website or mobile app and view letters in your CONTACTS >> Click on Conversation Icon. 

YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS...

  • Inmates do require a stamp to send out their letters to TextBehind using Postal Service.
  • The cash or credit balance from your TextBehind account will not be shared with inmates as a substitute for the stamps. 
  • All letters printed and shipped by TextBehind nationwide to virtually any jail or prison facility are delivered to the jails/prisons by couriers such as the USPS or FedEx as their standard process.
  • After the shipments, TextBehind has no control over the process.
  • The delivery of your letters depends on couriers and prison staff taking the necessary action, and on time.

IMPORTANT TextBehind LINKS:
Register / Log in with TextBehind
Contact TextBehind with Questions
Add an Inmate to your list of Contacts
TextBehind Volume Discount packages
** Address to Mail letters using TextBehind **
Inmate Name and Inmate Number
Clay County Jail Alabama (note: please do not abbreviate the name)
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

RATES (subject to change):


TextBehind is a digital texting and letter writing service used by jail and prison inmates and inmate’s friends and families all across America. Due to the problem of letters and postcards containing, or soaked in contraband (drugs), TextBehind electronic and physical letters replaced the former policy of allowing mail to be sent directly from inmate’s friends and family members, and vice versa.

Type of Mail Allowed for Clay County Jail

Postcards
The Clay County Jail allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.
Envelopes
The Clay County Jail may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes or paper letters due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.
To confirm that the Clay County Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 256-354-2176 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.
Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.
Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.
Books
Most jails allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Clay County Jail standards will be disposed of.
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.
To confirm that the Clay County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 256-354-2176.
Care packages
Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.
When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.
Call 256-354-2176 or click here or here to see if the Clay County Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Emailing an Inmate in Clay County Jail using Prodigy / Jail ATM Secure Messaging

Since Clay County Jail contracts with JailATMProdigy Telephone Solutions. they either already or will soon provide you and your inmate the ability to use their Messaging Service to send and receive electronic messages. Try both Jail ATM & Prodigy. They are in the midst of a merger and one or the other will be handling this jail's account.


Depending on the facility, inmates can either view messages from you by:

  • Viewing it on a device at the jail,
  • Viewing it on a Kiosk in their unit,
  • Print it out, and/or
  • Respond electronically.

Pay for the Prodigy Inmate Messaging Service at Clay County Jail.
- Online,
- Over the Phone by calling 866-700-4545,
- Using a Kiosk at Clay County Jail.
Pay for the JailATM Inmate Messaging Service at Clay County Jail.
- Online,
- Using a Kiosk at Clay County Jail.
- Over the phone by calling 877-810-0914.

How much does it cost to send and receive messages?
Rates to send messages vary and are subject to change.
The typical cost is $1.00 per message, plus $1.00 per photo and $3.00 per 30 second video when available.
Step 1 - Sign in or create an account to find your facility.
Step 2 - Fund Account

NOTE: By turning on messaging, you will fund your account with $5.00 and authorize Prodigy / Jail ATM to charge your payment method for the same amount if you send a message or receive a collect message and do not have enough money.

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Clay County Detention Center
Inmate's First and Last Name
41771 Hwy 77, Suite 2
Ashland, AL 36251

All mail sent to an inmate at the Clay County Jail must include the senders name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and discarded.
To confirm the mailing address and/or any new policies regarding inmate mail call 256-354-2176 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

If your inmate is mailed anything other than a letter or postcard (or sometimes) greeting cards it won't get through.
However as stated above, because of the increased smuggling of drugs, more and more jails are only allowing pre-stamped or metered, solid color or white postcards to be received by inmates, or even using a third-party service that scans the letters and delivers paper or digital copies.
Examples of prohibited items include:

  • Stamps and stickers.
  • Musical greeting cards.
  • Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered.
  • Paper with any type of stains such as grease.
  • News clippings.
  • Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.

Call 256-354-2176 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Clay County Jail

Photos should not exceed 4 inches high x 6 inches wide.
Send no more than five photos at one time.
Polaroid Photos are prohibited.
Photos of weapons are prohibited.
Photos of drugs, the consuming of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.
Photos of lewd behavior or people exhibiting too much skin is prohibited.
Call 256-354-2176 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.

Important Mail Tips

Mail is always scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.
Assume that everything you write will be read by jail staff and can and will be used against you or your inmate in court.  
Never write anything about the inmate's court case you wouldn't want read aloud in court.
Mail is considered by the jail to be a privilege. Any violations of the mail policies can result in the inmate's mail privileges being suspended.
The introduction of contraband by you into the jail through the mail could result in criminal charges being filed against both you and the inmate.
Click here to view contact information for the Clay County Jail.

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Clay County Jail

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Clay County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Clay County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Clay County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Clay County Jail follow these steps:

  • Go to JailATM, choose Alabama, then choose Clay County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate, and then you will be prompted to Register with them to open an account.
  • Select the products you want shipped to them at Clay County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Clay County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages or sending money to an inmate in Clay County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Clay County.


 

How Do You Send Text or Email Messages to an Inmate in the Clay County Jail?

To send messages to a Clay County inmate follow these instructions:

Since Clay County Jail contracts with JailATMProdigy Telephone Solutions. they either already or will soon provide you and your inmate the ability to use their Messaging Service to send and receive electronic messages. Try both Jail ATM & Prodigy. They are in the midst of a merger and one or the other will be handling the Clay County Jail account.
 

Pay for the Prodigy Inmate Messaging Service at Clay County Jail.
- Online,
- Over the Phone by calling 866-700-4545,
- Using a Kiosk at Clay County Jail.
Pay for the JailATM Inmate Messaging Service at Clay County Jail.
- Online,
- Using a Kiosk at Clay County Jail.
- Over the phone 877-810-0914.

For all the information you need regarding messaging a Clay County inmate at the jail, including how it's done, how much it costs, rules and regulations and more, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: All of your communication with an inmate is recorded. Use discretion in what you discuss.


 

How Does an Inmate Make Phone Calls in Clay County Jail?

To receive phone calls from an inmate in Clay County follow these instructions:

Clay County Jail uses the services of NCIC for inmate phone calling. It is called a ‘friends & family account”.

In order to receive phone calls from your inmate, you need to do the following:

  • Register here, or by phone 800-943-2189
  • Choose Alabama.
  • Choose Clay County Jail
  • Select your Inmate.
  • Enter the phone number your Inmate will be calling.
  • Fund your Account. ($10-$100 at a time)

NOTE:
1.   You cannot receive any calls to your phone number from your inmate until both you and your phone number are registered.
2.  When you do receive a call, the number you will view on your phone from the incoming call is: 800-943-2189.
3.  When allowed by Clay County Jail, families can also leave secure voicemails for inmates to listen to.

Fees

  • Adding funds to your account - $3.00 
  • Cost of phone call of a Prepaid Collect Account - $0.21 per minute
  • Cost of an interstate (ex. Alabama to a different state) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost of an intrastate (ex. Alabama to Alabama) phone call NOT Prepaid - $0.25 per minute
  • Cost if you set up your account (or fund it) by phone using a live agent, you will be charged a one-time fee of $5.95.

NCIC Customer Service
Phone - 800-943-2189 or 903-247-0069
Email – [email protected]
Full list of participating jails.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Clay County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, fees, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Deposit Money Online for an Inmate in Clay County

To deposit money online for an inmate in Clay County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register to open an account, or Sign In to JailATM, a service that acts as a bank for inmates in Clay County.
  • After registering and signing in, select 'Send Money Now'.
  • Choose Alabama, then choose Clay County Jail
  • Type in your inmate's last name or their Inmate ID.
  • Select your inmate.
  • Input an amount to deposit to your inmate in Clay County Jail, and then input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much money you can send your inmate in Clay County at any one time.
  • If you need to phone customer support, call 877-810-0914.

For all information, tips and procedures for sending money to an inmate in Clay County Jail, or depositing money at the jail, over the phone or by mail, check out our Send Money Page for Clay County.


 

How to Send Money to an Inmate in Clay County

To send commissary money to an inmate in Clay County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with correctpay by creating an account.
  • Select Alabama, then select Clay County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send money to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to send, and input your payment method.
  • You can deposit money four ways:
  • Deposit online at correctpay.com.
  • Deposit at the VendEngine kiosk in the Clay County Jail lobby.
  • Deposit over the phone 24/7 at 855-836-3364
  • Deposit through their iOS or Android app.

For all information on how to Send Money to an inmate's account, what the fees are, how long it takes to hit their account and more, check out our full money and commissary guide for Clay County Jail.


 

How to Have Remote Video Visits and 'At the Jail' Visits with an Inmate in Clay County

To register and sign up for a remote visitation account with correctpay.com to communicate with your Clay County Jail inmate, follow the instructions below:

Clay County Jail uses the services of correctpay.com (aka JailFunds) for you to schedule and visit your inmate via remote video visitation.

You can ‘video visit’ your inmate one of three ways:

  • Visit from your home computer.
  • Visit from the correctpay VendEngine Kiosk in the Clay County Jail lobby.
  • Visit by using the JailFunds iphone or Android app

Go here to begin the process to schedule a visit.

  • Register by creating an account here.
  • Add a payment method.
  • Select Alabama
  • Select Clay County Jail
  • Select your inmate
  • Schedule a visit.

24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364

For all the information on remote video visits and 'at the jail' visitation for Clay County Jail, including fees, schedules, how it works and more, check out our Visit Inmate Page.


 

How Do Inmates in Clay County Jail Get Money to Make Phone Calls?
 

To send money to an inmate in order to make phone calls in Clay County Jail, follow these steps:

1. Register with correctpay online, the money depositing service used by Clay County Jail, or call Customer Service at 855-836-3364. They are open 24/7.

2. Once registered, select Alabama, then Clay County Jail, then the inmate you want to send money to.
3. Choose an amount, then a payment method (any major credit or debit card in your name), and then send.

NOTE: There is a cost to use this service... usually no more than 5%. The link below has all the information you need to know.

For all the information regarding phone calls with Clay County inmates; what phone service they use, calling cards information, the rules, policies, fees, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

How to Send a Secure Email or Text Message to an Inmate in Clay County

To send a secure email message and digital photos to an inmate in Clay County Jail follow these steps:

  • Register with correctpay by creating an account.
  • Select Alabama, then select Clay County Jail, and then the inmate you want to send your message to.
  • Choose the amount of money you want to spend, and input your payment method. The funds can also be used by the inmate to send a message back to you.
  • NOTE: All messages between you and your inmate will be permanently recorded and seen by the staff and could be used against your inmate in court... So be careful what you write.
  • Uploading photos to Inmate’s email
    Make sure the file size is less than 5MB.
    Also make sure your file is a .jpg, .jpeg or .gif.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Clay County Jail and send them photos, check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Clay County. 
24/7 Customer Service - 855-836-3364


 

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