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Charleston County Detention Center Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name, Inmate #
Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center
3841 Leeds Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405

All mail sent to an inmate at the Charleston County Detention Center 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: 843-529-7300

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Charleston County Detention Center 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 Charleston County Detention Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

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

The Charleston County Detention Center has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Charleston County Detention Center

Postcards

The Charleston County Detention Center 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 Charleston County Detention Center also allows inmates to receive greeting cards and letters in envelopes. Address to:

Inmate’s first and last name

Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center

3841 Leeds Avenue

North Charleston SC, 29405

If you do not place a complete return address on the envelope your mail will be sent back to the post office unopened.

Newspapers

You can buy newspapers for inmates if they are mailed from the publisher directly to the jail and addressed as above.

Magazines

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.

Books

This jail allows inmates to receive books if they come directly from the publisher or an online 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 Charleston County Detention Center 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 Charleston County Detention Center continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 843-529-7300.

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 843-529-7300 or click here or here to see if the Charleston County Detention Center 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.

If your mail is deemed to contain prohibited items it will be returned to the post office.
In addition, if it contains illegal contraband, such as drugs, etc. you could face criminal charges.

Examples of prohibited items include:

Food items

Clothing

Books, magazines, newspapers, etc. unless mailed/shipped directly from the publisher and have a softbound cover.

Cosmetics, toiletries, etc.

Stationary, envelopes, postage stamps, pencils, pens, etc. (Note: These items are available for purchase on the canteen. Should an inmate not have sufficient funds to purchase these items, the jail will provide access to such items 'free' at no cost to the inmate up to two (2) personal letters per week)

Cash, personal checks, second party checks, traveler's checks, or non-U.S. Postal money orders.

Musical or electronic greeting cards.

Paper clips, staples, rubber bands, stickers, glue, tape, string, or other similar items.

Prepaid phone cards.

Polaroid photographs.

Razor blades, disposable razors, or any item that may be used as a weapon.

Any item declared to be contraband under South Carolina State Law and/or by the Detention Center Administrator.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name, Inmate #
Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center
3841 Leeds Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405

All mail sent to an inmate at the Charleston County Detention Center 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 843-529-7300 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Charleston County Detention Center

This jail does not allow inmates to possess photographs. The policy can change at any time in the future. Click here to see if the jail currently accepts mailed photographs for inmates.



Important Mail Tips

Anything that staff feels is a threat to the security of the jail, its staff, the inmates or the public will be turned over to administrators for investigation.

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 Charleston County Detention Center.



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 843-529-7300 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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