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Middlesex County House of Correction Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's first and last name - inmate ID# (If known)
Middlesex County Sheriff's Department
269 Treble Cove Road
Billerica, MA 01862

All mail sent to an inmate at the Middlesex County House of Correction 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: 978-667-1711

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Middlesex County House of Correction Inmate Mail Policies, Mail Instructions, what type of mail is NOT allowed, Rules for Mailing letters, photos, postcards, emailing an inmate, magazines, newspapers, books and packages to Middlesex County House of Correction in Billerica, Massachusetts.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.

The Middlesex County House of Correction has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Middlesex County House of Correction

Postcards

The Middlesex County House of Correction 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 Middlesex County House of Correction also allows letters in envelopes to be sent to inmates. You must include a return address in the left top corner of the front of the envelope. Nothing else can be written, drawn or altered on the envelope. The return address must be handwritten. If you use an address label, your letter will be discarded and will not reach the inmate.

Letters cannot be altered with stickers, glitter, lipstick, etc.

There is no limit to the number of letters you can send per week.

Address all mail as follows:

Inmates Full Name (and ID Number if available)

Middlesex Sheriff ’s Office

269 Treble Cove Road

Billerica, MA 01862

Newspapers

Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.

Magazines

You can purchase a magazine subscription for an inmate as long as it is mailed directly from the publisher to the inmate.  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

This jail allows books to be mailed directly from the publisher to the inmate. You may also purchase books from reputable online vendors such as Amazon.com and have books shipped directly to the inmate. You cannot go into a store, buy a book and have it mailed from the store.  

Inmates are limited to receiving three books per week.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Middlesex County House of Correction 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 Middlesex County House of Correction continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 978-667-1711.

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.

This jail does not have a care package program, however, the policy can be changed at any time.

Call 978-667-1711 or click here or here to see if the Middlesex County House of Correction participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.



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:

This jail specifically prohibits the following mail:

Plain paper or envelopes

Postage stamps that are unused

Polaroid pictures (regular photos are allowed)

Holograph greeting cards

Musical greeting cards

Stickers

Anything that is homemade using tape, stickers, glue, etc.

Catalogs

Official Certificates such as divorce decrees, birth certificates. (These can be sent to the caseworker, attorney or parole officer)

Magazine, newspaper, book clippings and/or pages – though you can make photocopies and send them

Laminated or plastic items such as prayer cards, ID cards, credit cards, inspirational cards, bookmarks, baseball cards, charms and medals

Spiral-bound items such as calendars that are held with metal or plastic

Over-sized items such as extra-large greeting cards

Care packages (candy, magazines, toiletries, etc.)

Prayer beads/Rosary (given through prison ministers)

 

Call 978-667-1711 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's first and last name - inmate ID# (If known)
Middlesex County Sheriff's Department
269 Treble Cove Road
Billerica, MA 01862

All mail sent to an inmate at the Middlesex County House of Correction 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 978-667-1711 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Middlesex County House of Correction

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.

Jail staff strongly suggests writing the inmates full name and inmate number on the back of each photo.

Call 978-667-1711 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

This jail examines each piece of mail for security risk or rule breaking. Consistent failure to comply with the rules regarding mail might get all of your future mail banned.

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 Middlesex County House of Correction.



Emailing an Inmate

A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your Smart Phone, computer or tablet whenever you wish.

In addition, you don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.

Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence much more quickly and send responses immediately.

Jail staff likes it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.

Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filter program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.

There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones has been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.

Call 978-667-1711 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.

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