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Chesterfield County Jail Inmate Mail


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

Inmate's Full Name, Inmate Number
Chesterfield County Jail
PO Box 758
Chesterfield, VA 23832

All mail sent to an inmate at the Chesterfield 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: 804-748-1476

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield County Jail in Chesterfield, Virginia.

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

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


Type of Mail Allowed for Chesterfield County Jail

Postcards

The Chesterfield 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.

Envelopes

The Chesterfield County Jail allows letters, photos and greeting cards to be mailed in envelopes to inmates.

They must come through the United States Post Office. No other mail delivery will be accepted.

Address envelopes to:

Inmate's Name/Inmate Number (Call 804) 748-146 to get the inmate #)
Chesterfield County Jail
P. O. Box 758
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Newspapers

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

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. Call 804) 748-146 to request authorization for sending a particular book or magazine.

Books

Soft-covered (paperback) books are allowed but must be authorized by the jail prior to being sent. Once authorized they must be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable 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.

Call 804) 748-146 to request authorization for sending a particular book or magazine.

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Chesterfield County 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 Chesterfield County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 804-748-1476.

Care packages

You are allowed to make commissary purchases for your inmate. Click here to get started.

To obtain information regarding when inmates can order canteen or questions related to inmate commissary, please call the Canteen Office at 804-748-1488.



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.

News clippings.

Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.

Call 804-748-1476 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's Full Name, Inmate Number
Chesterfield County Jail
PO Box 758
Chesterfield, VA 23832

All mail sent to an inmate at the Chesterfield 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 804-748-1476 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Chesterfield County Jail

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

Send no more than 10 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.

It is the decision of the jail staff as to the appropriateness of any photo.

Call 804-748-1476 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



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.

Jail staff will determine whether  the contents of mail are suspicious and will turn it over to the authorities for investigation if they believe it is a problem.

Click here to view contact information for the Chesterfield 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 804-748-1476 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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