U.S. Postal Service, ASM, Sec. 274.96
"Authorized personnel of prisons, jails, or other correctional institutions, under lawful rules and
regulations, may open, examine, and censor mail addressed to an inmate of the institution, if the
inmate-addressee consents to receive his or her mail at the institution through the institutional
authorities. If the inmate does not consent, the personnel may return it to the post office unopened, marked
"refused". An inmate may designate in writing an agent outside the institution to receive his or her mail,
either through an authorized address of the agent if the mail is so addressed, or at the delivery post
office serving the institution, if the mail is addressed to the inmate at the institution."
Correspondence from inmates does not become U.S. mail until it comes into the actual custody and control of
the Postal Service, either when given to a postal employee or when deposited into a receptacle authorized by
the Postmaster General for the receipt of mail; (i.e. a street collection box, lobby drop in a U.S. Post
Office, etc.). Therefore, unless items are considered actual mail matter as referenced above, the federal
laws pertaining to the protection of mail matter do not apply.
- All general mail will be placed in the mail collection box unsealed. Sealed letters will be returned to
- All legal mail will be properly marked "Legal Mail" on the front of the envelope, and will be
legitimately addressed to a Congressman, Judge, Attorney, or other official who qualifies for
- Legal Mail will be taken to the Pod Officer before it is sealed. The offender will show the Pod Officer
that there is no contraband contained in the envelope before it is sealed. The offender will be allowed
to seal the letter at that time. The witnessing officer will then initial the back of the envelope. The
envelope can then be placed into the mail collection box. Legal Mail that is received by the Mail
Officer without a legitimate initial will be returned to the offender.
- All letters will have the proper postage applied. Letters with bleached postage stamps applied to them
will not be mailed.
- Letters addressed to another Jail and/ or Penal Institution or between two offenders currently
incarcerated in the Greene County Jail will not be mailed.
- Letters that have drawings on the face of the envelopes will not be accepted in the mail. The Postal
Service indicates that such drawings cause problems with the sorting equipment.
- Outgoing mail will not be accepted without a return address. The return address will have the offenders
name, 1000 North Boonville, Springfield, MO 65802 and inmates CFN or jacket number.
- Sending or receiving mail by any method other than that stated above is a violation of the facility
rules. Underground mail, (passing of notes), to anyone is forbidden.
- Mail that is to be delivered to a Judge or Public Defender from Greene County may be given to the Pod
Officer for forwarding to their individual offices.
The postage stamps will either be blackened by a grease pencil or removed to prevent bleaching or re-use.
Mail received from another Jail and/ or Penal Institution will be returned to the sender.
Mail will be opened and inspected for contraband articles that might be enclosed. The only exception to this is correspondence from attorneys, judges, or congressmen which will be opened and inspected by an officer in the presence of the offender.
Mail containing letters from a third party will be returned to the sender. If the third party letter is from an offender from the Greene County Jail or other Penal Institution, no mail will be allowed to be sent to or received from the person sending the third party letter.
That no monetary item in any form will be accepted through the mail for deposit in the inmate trust fund account and will be returned to sender. All funds must be deposited using the EZ Card Kiosk, website, or telephone number.
Due to limited storage areas, packages will not be accepted into the Jail. Instead the packages will be refused and returned to the sender. No Christmas or birthday packages will be accepted.
Mail received for offenders who have been released from custody will be returned to sender, provided the item is unopened. The Jail will not hold mail for you after you have been released.
Any incoming mail containing items of contraband will be returned to sender, provided it is not of an unlawful nature. NOTE: You are allowed a total of 10 letters, images, photos and/ or cards. The total amount will not exceed 10 and total picture or images limit will not exceed 5. All amounts above these limits will be mailed out at the offenders cost or disposed of.
All incoming mail must have a complete return address to include:
- First & Last Name
- Full Address
- City, State
- Zip Code
All incoming mail without a first, last name AND CFN/Jacket Number on the return address will be returned to sender.
All incoming mail addressed to inmates must have:
- Inmate's First & Last Name
- Inmate's CFN or Jacket Number
- Greene County Justice Center
- 1000 N Boonville
- Springfield, MO
To determine an inmate's CFN or Jacket number, you can find it on our
Active Greene County Jail Population
search page or by calling (417) 868-4040.
Please click here to view an example of how to
properly address an envelope to a Greene County inmate.
Mail will not be delivered on the weekends.
Letters that contain the following items will be returned to the sender:
stamps and/ or envelopes
hair, foreign substance and/ or scent (powder or liquid)
photographs larger than 5X7 inches, or Polaroid photographs
greeting cards that are larger that 6X9 inches, glued backs or musical cards
any plastic or laminated material
any paper that is glued, taped or stapled
no glitter or gel ink can be used
any food, candy or gum
reproduction of books or articles
mail from another Penal Institution
books, magazines or pamphlets not mailed from the publisher
books and magazines that have not been pre-approved
publications that violate the U.S. Postal regulations or advocate violence or rebellion against any governmental authority
publications which depict the use or manufacture of firearms, explosives, or other weapons
publications which contain self defense tactics, locksmith instructions, or escape techniques
Note: Pornographic photographs are not allowed. Exchanges of photographs in the offender's possession with those in his or her property will not be allowed.
May be no larger than 6X9 inches in size, non-pornographic, non-padded, and non-musical. Additionally, cards
that have been folded over and glued together, whether by the manufacturer or sender, are not allowed.
Cards, like photographs, are not to be affixed to the walls or furniture. Violations will result in the
confiscation of the cards. Excessive amounts of cards (5 or more) will be mailed out by the offender or you
will be required to dispose of all cards over this amount.
We do not allow individual magazine or newspaper subscriptions
All books must be pre-approved by our Programs Coordinator. Any inquiries can be directed by calling
at (417) 829-6606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org