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Inmates and offenders are allowed to send and receive 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 or received. 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. 

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:

Mail Jail

Inmate's Name and CFN #
Clark County Jail
PO Box 1147
Vancouver, WA  98666-1147

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

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.