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Bedford Heights City Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's first and last name
Cleveland House of Correction
4041 Northfield Road
Highland Hills, OH 44112

All mail sent to an inmate at the Bedford Heights City 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.

Main Phone: 440-786-3254

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Bedford Heights City Jail 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 Bedford Heights City Jail in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

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

The Bedford Heights City Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Bedford Heights City Jail

Postcards

The Bedford Heights City 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 Bedford Heights City Jail also allows inmates to receive letters in envelopes as long as they do not contain prohibited items or contraband.

You will need the inmate’s ID number to address the envelope.

Call 440-786-3254 to find out the inmate’s ID number or click here to find it through Vinelink.

Mail the letters to:

Inmate’s first and last name and inmate ID #

Bedford Heights City Jail

5661 Perkins Road
Bedford Heights, Ohio  44146

 

To confirm that the Bedford Heights City Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 440-786-3254 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

This jail will allow you to mail newspapers to inmates.

Magazines

Magazines are accepted, but must be mailed in. You can send used or new as long as they arrive through the mail the inmate. You cannot bring them to the jail for the inmate.

Books

You may bring softcover books to the jail to drop off for the inmate. You must have the inmate’s first and last name and ID number. Staff suggests a maximum of two books at a time. You are also welcome to mail books from home or go through an online vendor such as Amazon.com.

This jail does allow inmates to receive used books. Each book is examined for contraband and security risks before being given to the inmate.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Bedford Heights City 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 Bedford Heights City Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 440-786-3254.

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 440-786-3254 or click here or here to see if the Bedford Heights City Jail 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 newspaper, magazine, book, letter, postcard or greeting card it won't get through.

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 440-786-3254 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
Cleveland House of Correction
4041 Northfield Road
Highland Hills, OH 44112

All mail sent to an inmate at the Bedford Heights City 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 440-786-3254 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Bedford Heights City 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 440-786-3254 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.

The only mail you are allowed to bring to the jail and drop of are soft-covered books. All other forms of mail must come through the United States Post Office.

Mail sent through private carriers such as UPS and Fed Ex will not be accepted.

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 Bedford Heights City Jail.



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 440-786-3254 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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