Springfield, Mo. -- (1/17/2018) For years, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office has made great strides in making communication easier and more meaningful for the inmates and their loved ones. With traditional and new forms of communication available, safety remains a priority.
Sheriff Jim Arnott continually strives for the safety and security of the jail staff as well as the inmates and volunteer personnel. “We recently have increased the number of inmates being held at the Greene County Jail through the opening of our on-site temporary jail facility,” he said. “Our mailroom staff can no longer safely and efficiently keep up with the amount of incoming and outgoing mail volume and this increases the risk of contraband could make it into the jail through the mail.”
A new system for Greene County has been developed to slow down and hopefully eliminate contraband from being introduced into the jail.
Effective February 15th of this year, the Greene County Jail will be changing its inmate mail procedure and will only accept inmate social mail via postcards. Inmates will only be able to send social mail via postcards. Privileged mail procedures will remain the same and inmates will still be able to receive religious pamphlets and participate in religious correspondence certifications.
Inmates may send all the correspondence via mail they wish and friends and family may send all the correspondence they wish through the mail system according to our updated mail procedures. Indigent inmates will still receive access to outgoing and incoming mail correspondence according to our past mail procedure.
This new procedure is intended to make the mail process safer and reduce the amount of time necessary for staff to process both incoming and outgoing mail, increasing its efficiency.
Important Information for Incoming Postcards:
- All incoming postcards must be standard white postcards, no index cards or photographs.
- Postcards must be no larger than 5” X 7”.
- Stamps will be removed from incoming postcards and discarded prior to delivery to the
- There will be no limit on how many postcards inmates can receive but inmates will be
limited to 10 incoming postcards in their cell at any given time.
- Incoming postcards must contain the sender’s complete first and last name, complete return address, and the intended recipient’s complete name and jacket number.
Unacceptable postcards will be returned to sender:
- Defaced or altered postcards are unacceptable
- No plastic/wrappings on postcards
- No labels or stickers will be accepted
- No postcards with watermarks or stains
- No postcards with bio-hazards, including lipstick and perfume
- No postcards depicting nudity, weapons, drug use, or gang references
(Edited Media Release)