Home
Departments
Commissioners
Criminal Justice
Health & Human Svcs.
Community Resources
Economic Development
Contact
Staff

Yamhill County Jail - Mail

ADULT IN CUSTODY MAIL POLICY

The Yamhill County Correctional Facility (YCCF) will only allow adults in custody to receive correspondence sent through the US Postal Service or equivalent commercial service. Except for circumstances beyond the control of the Correctional Facility staff, all in-coming mail will be delivered to the adult in custody within 24 hours of the mail being received. Note: Mail is received in the facility Monday - Friday only.

You may send letters in envelopes or postcards addressed to the adult in custody. The mail should be addressed to:

[ADULT IN CUSTODY NAME]
Yamhill County Correctional Facility
535 NE 5th St.
McMinnville, OR 97128

Mail must include a legible return address on the outside of the envelope or postcard or it will be destroyed.

YCCF will not use the restriction of personal mail as a form of punishment or discipline.
 

OFFICIAL MAIL

Official or legal correspondence is mail from an attorney, governor, attorney general, State Corrections Division, a court or state bar representative, Jail Commander, or Sheriff. Such correspondence shall be opened in the presence of the adult in custody for inspection only for the purpose of ensuring that contraband is not present. With the exception of a court order, at no time shall any member of the YCCF staff read any official correspondence.

PROHIBITED MAIL

YCCF staff will open and inspect all incoming non-official mail for contraband.

Mail sent into the facility must be free of foreign substances, such as bodily fluids, hair, lipstick, perfume, glitter, glue, or paint. It must not contain weapons, explosives, drugs (medications and/or paraphernalia), intoxicants, or poisons. The following items are also prohibited

  • Sexually explicit material.
  • Cash, money orders, checks, or other forms of currency.
  • Any unusual stains or odors.
  • Stickers, decals, tape, stamps, blank paper and/or envelopes.
  • Dried or pressed flowers.
  • Content of criminal activity, escape plans, or threats of physical harm.
  • Inmate to inmate mail.
  • Polarid pictures.
  • Packages.
  • Mail containing blackmail, plans, or activities in violation of YCCF rules.
  • Mail written in code.
  • Mail containing information which, if communicated, would create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm to the individual who is confined, works in, or visits YCCF.
  • Mail addressed to a victim or witness in a pending legal case.
  • Mail concerning sending contraband in and out of YCCF.
  • Any other material/mail which YCCF determines to pose a threat to the safety and security of the staff and/or inmates.

*Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility is a class C felony under ORS 162.185 and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

PUBLICATIONS

Adults in custody are permitted to receive publications direct from the publisher if approved by the Jail Commander or their designee. This can include newspapers, books, magazines, and other periodical communication as long as it does not compromise the safety and security of the facility. YCCF prohibits hardback cover publications. If you are sending in publications direct from a publisher, they are required to be softback cover.

Adults in custody are allowed a combination of five (5) newspapers, magazines, outside softback books, periodicals, and YCCF library books in their possession at one time. If the items exceed this limit, the adult in custody must place their personally-owned literature into their assigned property box in booking.

VOLUME AND SIZE OF MAIL

Adults in custody are not limited to the number of letters or legal mail sent or received, as long as it does not present a concern to the safety and security of the facility. Limits may be placed on the volume of mail stored in the inmate’s housing area. All mail in possession of an inmate shall fit within their issued property tub. The inmate’s property tub measures approximately 15 ¾” x 12 ½ x 6’.

APPEAL PROCESS

If YCCF staff determine mail cannot be delivered to the adults in custody, you will be notified of this by letter sent to the return address listed on the mail. You will be notified of the reason it was not delivered and how to appeal this decision.

© 2000 - 2023 Yamhill County. All rights reserved. Links to external sites do not constitute endorsements by Yamhill County.
By visiting this and other Yamhill County web pages, you expressly agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the site.