Outgoing Inmate Mail

Inmates and offenders are allowed to send mail that complies to the United States Postal Service regulations and the Clark County Jail mail rules. There are not any limitations on the volume of mail sent. The length, language and content will not be restricted, except when there is reasonable suspicion to justify restrictions for reasons of public safety, facility order or security.

Mail items such as paper and envelopes are available to all inmates and offenders. Mail items can be purchased through weekly commissary orders. Cost of items purchased through commissary are subtracted from the inmate's account. If funds are not available, a limited quantity of mail items can be ordered.

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Incoming Inmate Mail - Legal Mail and Publications

Incoming Legal mail and Publications (books, magazines, etc) coming from the publisher are to be addressed as below:

Inmate Name/CFN#

Clark County Jail Services

PO Box 1147

Vancouver, WA  98666-1147

Digital Incoming Family and Friend Inmate Mail

Starting Wednesday, November 15th all personal mail will go through our digital scanning vendor. There will be a grace period through November 30thBeginning December 1st all personal mail that is received by this facility will be returned to the sender. This is due to the continued dangers of the unintentional exposures with the types of contraband that have been introduced through the inmate mail system. See the poster for the example of how to receive mail which includes the address for the digital vendor. Personal incoming mail will only be available on kiosks and tablets.

Information on sending inmate mail

Getting Out Inmate Mail Info

Information on sending inmate mail

Family and Friends Inmate Mailing Address

Incoming mail is to be addressed accordingly or it will not be delivered to the inmate or offender. The sender's full name and return address must be on the envelope. Mail must be addressed as follows with the following information:

Clark County Jail, WA
Inmate's Name and CFN #
PO Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

The CFN # is an inmate's assigned jail control file number or jail ID number

Inmate mail address

Mail will be inspected for items and content restricted by the Clark County Jail incoming mail rules. Mail containing any controlled or unidentified substances, weapons and/or information of criminal activity will be placed into evidence and forwarded to the appropriate unit for investigation. Introducing contraband into a correctional facility is a felony. Such contraband, activity, or suspected activity will be investigated for criminal prosecution. The following are additional items and content not accepted, and may be returned.


Cash or Personal checks. Cashier checks and money orders are accepted.

Polaroid type pictures.

Photos or cards larger than 8"x10".

Padded, musical, electronic, or laminated greeting cards.

Stationery, stamps, or envelopes.

Personal correspondence items enclosed in envelopes larger than 4 ½” x 9 ½”, padded envelopes or packages.

Magazines, newspapers, soft cover books, and similar items which are not sent directly from the publisher, book club, retail bookstore, or recognized internet bookseller. This includes pages from or copies of puzzle books.

Hardbound books, except legal or religious material from a publisher or legitimate book club.

Non-paper material, including corrugated cardboard.

Food or clothing items.

Foreign/unidentifiable substances.

Magazines that are defined as adult entertainment which depict male or female nudity.

Other publications that contain nudity, obscene or sexually explicit material.


Stamps, glitter, stickers or items glued or taped to the envelope or letter.

Pictures or drawings of nude, obscene, or sexually explicit material.

Correspondence that is in code.

Gang related material.

Inflammatory material or markings (advocating ridicule or scorn of any ethnic, racial, religious or other group).

Information which, if communicated, would create a risk of violence and/or physical harm to any person.

Threats of physical harm against any person or threats of criminal activity.

Threats of blackmail or extortion.

Material that threatens or is detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the facility.

Plans for activities which indicate criminal activity or violation of the facility rules.

Plans to escape, or depictions or description of blueprints or operational details of an institution’s security.

Mail from another Penal Institution, or inmate or offender that has not been authorized by a sergeant.