Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour Inmate Mail
When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:
Inmate's First and Last Name
400 Abbey Road
Belington, WV 26250
All mail sent to an inmate at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour 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.
Main Phone: 304.637.0382
The information below provides complete instructions regarding:
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.
The Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.
Type of Mail Allowed for Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour
The Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour 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.
The Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.
To confirm that the Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour still allows letters in envelopes call 304.637.0382 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.
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.
Most jails allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com. 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 Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour 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 Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 304.637.0382.
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 304.637.0382 or click here or here to see if the Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.
Emailing an Inmate in Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour using Prodigy / Jail ATM Secure Messaging
Since Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour contracts with Prodigy 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.
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
Pay for the Prodigy Inmate Messaging Service at Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour.
- Over the Phone by calling 866-700-4545,
- Using a Kiosk at Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour.
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
Inmate's First and Last Name
400 Abbey Road
Belington, WV 26250
All mail sent to an inmate at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour 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 304.637.0382 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, postcard or greeting card 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.
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.
Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.
Call 304.637.0382 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.
POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour
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 304.637.0382 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 Tygart Valley Regional Jail - Barbour.