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Mail To Inmates

The Bonneville County Jail encourages regular use of the federal mail system to stay in contact with inmates.  Positive communication helps provide mental and emotional stability both the sender and the recipient.  Please adhere to the following rules and requirements to ensure your mail can be processed and delivered quickly and properly:

Mailing Address

Each envelope must be addressed to the inmate as follows:

(Full Inmate Name)
c/o Bonneville County Jail
605 North Capital
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Any mail items sent to inmates at the 900 Environmental Way address will not be accepted and processed

Mail Requirements

  1. The envelope must have your full name and complete, correct return address written on the outside. Mail will not be delivered without this information.
  2. Envelopes my not contain letters from anyone other than the person(s) listed on the outside of the envelope. Exceptions are made for children under the age of 13. Legal documents, tax forms or other business forms will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will be approved, as appropriate.
  3. All books and or magazines must be received directly from the publisher or a new book distributor and may not come directly from a local business unless that business has been approved by the Sheriff’s Office.

Additionally, the Bonneville County Jail will not accept the following:

  1. Used books from any source;
  2. Blank sheet paper in any form (i.e. loose sheet paper, journals, paper tablets, blank envelopes etc.) The jail provides blank paper to the inmate population at no cost;
  3. Stamps or stamped envelopes. Inmates can purchase these items through the commissary program. Indigent inmates are provided two (2) stamped envelopes each week at no cost;
  4. Any item with heavily colored areas, such as crayon, colored pencils, paint;
  5. Any item with stains, watermarks or any substance foreign to the paper product;
  6. Any item containing glitter, or glitter-like substance;
  7. Any item containing stickers, either on the envelope or inside contents;
  8. Any item containing tape or glue, in any form;
  9. Items containing paperclips, staples or other metal bindings;
  10. Any item containing a porous or abnormal texture (i.e. rippled, ribbed or grainy texture);
  11. Any multi-layered items or items made of excessively thick card stock or cardboard;
  12. Any item containing electronic devices or equipment (i.e. greeting cards that play music);
  13. Any food or drink items. Any perishable food item(s) received may be disposed of, at the discretion of jail staff, for health and safety reasons;
  14. Any Polaroid™ style photographs, or photographs containing nudity or gang related images;  
  15. Any item(s) with perfume, cologne, lip-stick or other beauty or hygiene products, applied to them; AND,
  16. Newspapers or newspaper clippings. Inmates are provided access to the local newspaper four (4) days per week.

The Bonneville County Jail recognizes each inmate’s right to utilize the federal mail system to communicate and connect to family, friends, legal representatives, etc. It also recognizes the mail system as a means for dangerous contraband to be introduced into the jail. We carefully process and inspect each piece of mail within the scope and limitations of federal, state and local law in an attempt to maintain inmate safety and facility security. Items will be approved or denied on an individual case-by-case basis.

If a mail item is denied for any reason, the item will either be

  1. Placed in the recipient’s property bag and given to them upon their release, Or
  2. Returned to the sender with a notification of why the mail item was denied.  

If mail items are denied and placed in the inmate’s property bag, the inmate and sender will both be notified. Inmates may utilize the inmate request system to appeal any denial of mail items which shall be addressed in accordance with jail policy and procedures.

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