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Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's first and last name
Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility
703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

All mail sent to an inmate at the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility 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: 616-632-6300

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility 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 Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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

The Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility

Postcards

The Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility 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 Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility also allows letters and card to be mailed in envelopes to inmates as long as the envelopes are not larger than legal-sized. You cannot alter the envelopes or letters with substances or stickers, etc.

Address the envelope as follows:

Kent County Correctional Facility

Inmate’s First and Last Name

703 Ball Ave. N.E.

Grand Rapids, MI. 49503

Include a complete return address on the envelope.

Newspapers

The Kent County Correctional Facility provides its inmate population with the opportunity to subscribe and receive the newspaper. Order forms for the Grand Rapids Press will be made available to all inmates. The Press must be ordered through the Kent County Correctional Facility. If the inmate does not have the necessary funds, the form will be returned to the inmate marked, “non-sufficient funds”. If the inmate has the funds, the cost of the Press will be deducted from the inmates commissary account. Magazines

News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. They must be addressed as above. 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

You may mail softcover books to your inmate if you have them mailed directly from a publisher or an online vendor such as Amazon.com.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility 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.

Inmates may receive up to five books/magazines in an order.

To confirm that the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 616-632-6300.

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 616-632-6300 or click here or here to see if the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility 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:

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.

Envelopes or letters larger than legal-sized.

Photos larger than 5X7.

Greeting cards larger than 6 X 8.

Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.

Call 616-632-6300 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
Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility
703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

All mail sent to an inmate at the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility 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 616-632-6300 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility

Photos should not exceed 5 inches high x 7 inches wide.

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 616-632-6300 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.

Your mail might be read by jail staff or other inmates, so be sure not to write anything that could be used against you or the inmate in a courtroom.  

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 Kent County Jail & Correctional Facility.



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 616-632-6300 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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