Mail Services

You may communicate with an inmate via the US mail. Mail is received Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays) from the Post Office. Incoming mail is opened and checked for contraband prior to being delivered to an inmate. All legal mail is opened in the presence of the inmate and checked for contraband prior to the inmate receiving it.

Photographs, drawings, and news clippings are normally acceptable items. Mail, newspapers, magazines, paperback books, photographs are not allowed with:

  1. Information regarding the manufacture of explosives, weapons, and ammunition.
  2. Maps, methods of escape from correctional and jail facilities, or blueprints, drawings or similar descriptions.
  3. Procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages or the manufacture of drugs.
  4. Information, codes or symbols associated with gang activity.
  5. Materials that advocate racial, religious, or national hatred.
  6. Encouragement or instructions in the commission of criminal activity. Gang related materials are strictly prohibited.
  7. Sexually explicit material such as writings, drawings, photographs, and images, which by its nature poses a threat to the security, good order or discipline of the facility, or which facilitates criminal activity.
  8. Nude or sexually suggestive photographs, drawings, and images.
  9. Content intended to encourage or assist in disrupting the orderly operation of the facility, such as through a criminal act, riot, work stoppage or other breech of facility rules.
  10. Musical/audible greeting cards, pre-paid phone cards, plain or stamped envelopes, plain paper, postage stamps, carbon paper, and any other writing materials.
  11. Items to eat, drink, or smoke, any appliances, and any hygiene items.
Inmates are permitted subscription issues of newspapers, paperback books and magazines mailed directly from the publisher, clearing houses, and book distributors. No hard cover books are allowed.

Inmates may receive funds through the U.S. Mail but only in the form of U.S. Postal and Western Union money orders made payable to the Detention Center, in care of the inmate, are accepted for deposit. We do not accept cash through the mail for deposit. Any cash received will be placed in an inmate's personal property and will not be credited to the inmate's account or returned to the sender. For other forms of deposit, please refer to our Money Deposits page.

Acceptable paperback books and magazines may be donated to the Detention Center at the Reception Control window (Public Lobby), 20 McGee St. between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Inmates may purchase envelopes and writing materials through the inmate commissary service; indigent inmates may order these materials, on a routine schedule with costs being debited from their accounts.

To expedite delivery to the inmate, all inmate mail received at the facility should be addressed as follows:

Full Name
City, State, Zip Code
Inmate's Full Name and Jail ID# if known
Greenville County Detention Center
20 McGee St
Greenville, SC 29601