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Clackamas County Jail Inmate Mail

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

Clackamas County Jail
2206 Kaen Rd.
Oregon City, Oregon  97045

All mail sent to an inmate at the Clackamas 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.

Main Phone: (503) 722-6777

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Clackamas County 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 Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City, Oregon.

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

The Clackamas County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

Type of Mail Allowed for Clackamas County Jail


The Clackamas 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.


The Clackamas County Jail allows you to send letters, greeting cards and photos in envelopes to inmates.

Each envelope must be addressed as follows:

INMATE’S NAME (State Identification Number—SID) – Click here to get the number.

c/o Clackamas County Jail

2206 Kaen Road

Oregon City, OR 97045


You may not send newspapers to inmates.


Magazines cannot be sent to inmates at this facility.


Inmates may receive softcover books if they are mailed directly from the publisher or an online vendor such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Inmates may have up to three books in their possession at all times. If new books are desired, the inmate must send one or more of the already owned books to property before the next books arrive.

The shipping label must follow the above guidelines.

Softcover books with removed covers will be rejected.

Hardback books and spiral books will be rejected.

Books thicker than 2 inches or larger than 8.5 inches by 11 inches will be rejected.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Clackamas County Jail standards will be disposed of.

To confirm that the Clackamas County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call (503) 722-6777.

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.

This jail has its own care package program. You can design your own care packages to have sent to your inmate by choosing products and having them shipped together. Click here to view products and prices.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Examples of prohibited items include:

Stamps and stickers.

Greeting cards larger than 8.5 by 11 inches

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.

Any item that by design restricts the ability to search the item is not allowed.

Mail used to initiate contact with the victim(s) of the alleged crime(s) they have committed, unless the inmate has prior authorization from the courts.

Correspondence between inmates in the Clackamas County Jail or other correctional institutions unless the parties are married or have prior approval from the administrative lieutenant.

Mail that contains threats of physical harm to any person or threats of criminal activity.

Call (503) 722-6777 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Clackamas County Jail
2206 Kaen Rd.
Oregon City, Oregon 97045

All mail sent to an inmate at the Clackamas 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 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Clackamas County Jail

Photos should not exceed 4 inches high x 6 inches wide.

Send no more than eight photos at one time. If nine or more arrive, the entire set will be returned.

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 (503) 722-6777 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.

Mail believed to be in violation of the jail’s mail policies will be rejected and held for three days. The inmate may appeal the rejection. The jail captain will determine whether to reject it, let the inmate have it or give it to the authorities for further investigation. For example, if the letter is written in code, or obvious gang material.

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 Clackamas County 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 (503) 722-6777 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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