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Inmate Mail

Inmates are encouraged to maintain ties with family members and friends.  They may use the U.S. Postal Service to send and receive correspondence.  Beginning on July 22, 2021,  the Marion County Detention Center will take begin taking advantage of a free mail service offered by PayTel Communications called inteleSCAN.  The inteleSCAN service provides receiving, inspection, and electronic scanning of all personal mail at an off-site facility.  Once scanned, the mail is delivered electronically to the Detention Center and is available to the inmate through the inteleTABLET system.  This free service reduces the potential introduction of contraband through physical mail, keeps detention center staff safe from potential hazardous materials that may be in the physical mail, and saves staff time where they may focus on other important security issues within the jail.  You can click on this link to view the inteleSCAN brochure.  Please note the following change to the inmate mail procedures:

CHANGE TO INMATE MAIL PROCEDURES: Effective July 22, 2021, non-legal inmate mail must be sent to the following address (Non-Legal Inmate Mail will continue to be accepted at the Detention Center through August 20, 2021.  Beginning on August 23, 2021, inmate personal mail will be marked “return to sender” unless sent to the address below:

Marion County, SC
Inmate Name, Inmate ID number
PO Box 2925

PMB 79078
San Antonio, TX 78299-2925

The envelope must have a complete, legible return address including the sender’s first and last name or the mail will NOT be scanned. Facility Name, State, Inmate Name, and Inmate ID Number (The Inmate ID number may be obtained from the inmate, from the Automated Inmate Information System @ 843-423-8263, or on the Detention Center Website under Current Inmates) are REQUIRED, or the mail will not be processed. Please print all information clearly.

PERSONAL MAIL REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS:
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  • Mail arriving with postage due will be refused and returned to sender if possible.
  • Mail must be 10 pages or less per envelope.
  • Page size must be no larger than 8.5” x 11”.
  • Mail can include written or typed pages, photos, drawings or greeting cards. (NO polaroid photos.)
  • NO glitter, glue, tape, 3D elements, or electronic components (lights, music, animation).
  • NO items containing, depicting, or relating to sexually explicit activity, gang activity, illegal activity, violence, drug, or alcohol use, etc.
  • NO photos of nude or partially clothed persons.
  • NO illegal substances or any other items considered to be contraband.
  • NO magazines, books, or packages mailed to mail processing center.
  • NO cash, personal checks, or money orders mailed to the mail processing center.
  • NO originals of important documents such as Birth Certificates, Driver’s Licenses, Social Security Cards, Green Cards, etc., as they will not be returned.
  • NO original photos or other irreplaceable or valuable items, as they will not be returned.
  • Do not mail legal/privileged mail to the mail processing center. See instructions below for Legal/Privileged Mail.


Mail meeting these requirements will be scanned within 24 hours of receipt and the physical mail will be destroyed.  Scanned mail will be reviewed by facility staff in a timely manner.  Approved scanned mail will be saved and can be accessed by the inmate via the inmate tablets.

All scanned mail containing materials considered illegal or breaches of security will be turned over to the proper authorities for investigation.  Any threats of criminal activity will not be permitted in any correspondence and may result in criminal charges.

SCANNED MAIL AFTER RELEASE:

After release, an inmate can request digital copies of his or her scanned mail.  Submit the request to detentioncenter@marionsc.org and it must include the following:

  • Inmate’s Full Name
  • Facility Name:
  • Inmate ID Number:
  • Email Address to receive digital copies of scanned mail.

Once the information is verified, an email with the postal scans attached will be sent to the email address provided.

LEGAL MAIL / PRIVILEGED MAIL:

Legal mail must be mailed directly to the facility.  Legal mail must be marked on the envelope as “Legal Mail” and will be opened by the inmate in the presence of facility staff. Address legal mail as follows:

Marion County Detention Center
Inmate Name, Inmate ID number
2715 East Highway 76, Ste D

Mullins, SC 29574

ADDITIONAL FACILITY INFORMATION:

Publications: Publications (books and magazines) must be mailed directly to the facility for an inmate.  Publications must be addressed as follows:

Marion County Detention Center
Inmate Name, Inmate ID number
2715 East Highway 76, Ste D
Mullins, SC 29574

magazines Publications may be received at the facility for an inmate, as follows:
1) Only one (1) publication per shipment may come in for an inmate.
2) The publication cannot exceed 8 ½" x 11" in size. (An exception will be made for newspapers.)
3) The publication must originate from a publisher or nationally recognized distributor and must be purchased for delivery to an inmate by a family member or friend.
4) The publication must be new and received in the original packaging.
5) The publication must be in paperback format.
6) The publication must not contain any content deemed to pose a threat to the safety and security of the facility, i.e., sexually explicit materials, inflammatory material that could jeopardize the safety and security of the facility, etc.
7) Inmates assigned to a general population housing unit will only be allowed to Newspossess one (1) personal book (in addition to a religious book) and one (1) magazine or newspaper at any given time. Upon receipt of a new book and/or magazine or newspaper, the inmate is required to exchange his/her existing personal book and/or magazine or newspaper (if any) for the new book and/or magazine or newspaper.
8) An inmate may opt to donate a returned book to the detention center or opt to have the returned book inventoried and stored in their personal property for return upon their release/transfer from the facility (see, also, Procedure #3, below for additional information). (NOTE: Due to potential fire hazards and space limitations, stored books become excessive, the inmate will be advised that his/her books may be shipped to a family member or friend. Inmates will have the cost of shipment deducted from their account. Inmates that opt not to have excess books shipped will be given the option of having the books donated to the detention center or disposed.)
9) Due to volume, magazines and newspapers exchanged by the inmate for a new magazine/newspaper will not be stored for the inmate. Magazines and newspapers will be donated to the facility or may be shipped to any outside party at the expense of the inmate.
10) For subscription based publications (magazines, newspapers, etc.), it will be the responsibility of the inmate to ensure their publication is forwarded to their new address upon his/her release or transfer or the publication is cancelled. Should any publication arrive to the facility after an inmate’s release or transfer, the publication will be disposed. The detention center will not be responsible for maintaining such subscription materials nor will the detention center be responsible for any costs associated with any subscription payment.
 
NO LEATHER BOUND BOOKS ARE ACCEPTED.

Indigent Inmates are provided an indigent writing kit available through the commissary system at no charge to stay in touch with their family.  The indigent writing kits consist of two prepaid postage post cards and a writing pencil.

The fastest way to communicate with an inmate is by phone or messaging.  Please click here for more information on the inmate phone system or messaging.