All incoming mail is subject to opening and inspection for the safety and security of the Jail. There are no restrictions on the number of letters that an inmate may receive, but there are size and content restrictions. Only letter and legal size envelopes are acceptable. Postcards will not be accepted.
Other than letters, the only other items that will be accepted are photographs that are no larger than 4”X6” that are printed on photo paper. (Polaroid photos are not accepted.) Photocopies of photographs or pictures are not acceptable. All other items are considered contraband and prohibited property and will be withheld and placed in your property. Envelopes containing letters from multiple individuals will be withheld and placed in your property.
If you were recently released from this facility, you must wait 30 days to send letters in to another inmate.
You may pay for a subscription to a newspaper or periodic publication for an inmate who is incarcerated here. The subscription must be paid in full in order for the offender to receive it. To avoid nuisance contraband in the facility an inmate may only receive two (2) publications under the following circumstances:
- The subscription must be paid for in full prior to the inmate receiving the copy.
- The inmate may only possess one copy of the publication at a time. The old copy comes out before the new copy goes into the cell area.
- No publications may be transferred to another inmate or forwarded if the subscribing inmate leaves the jail.
- All publications must be sent directly from the publisher to the inmate thru the mail.
- All magazines are subject to review by the Sheriff.
All money orders will be removed from inmate mail and placed on the inmate’s commissary account. The inmate will receive a receipt for any money deposited in the inmate account. Personal checks or traveler’s checks will not be accepted for deposit, they will be placed in the inmate’s property. Inmates are not allowed to have money in their possession while housed in the Wells County Jail. Money Orders must be made payable to:
Wells County Jail
1615 W. Western Ave.
Bluffton, IN 46714
ATTN: inmates name
Jail staff will remove all stickers from inmate mail. If the number of stickers is excessive, the mail will be rejected. All incoming mail must have a return address with the full name of the sender. Inmates will not be allowed to keep the envelope or any portion of the envelope. If you want them to have your address, you must write it somewhere in the letter. Rejected mail will be placed in the inmates property.
Outgoing or incoming mail may be rejected if there is reason to believe that it may contain inappropriate materials, including but not limited to:
1. Plans for the introduction of contraband
2. Plans for criminal activity
3. Instructions for the manufacturing of weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia,
explosives or alcoholic beverages
4. Plans for escaping or unauthorized entry
5. Gang graffiti or tagged correspondence (i.e., language, signs, symbols,
coded words and/or messages)
6. Drawings or artwork on the outside of outgoing envelopes
7. Items, tools or information which would create serious danger of violence
or harm to person or property
8. Mail that contains potentially infectious or offensive material
9. Photographs that contain nudity or sexually explicit depictions, promote
racial conflict or discrimination, gang affiliation or signs or that
would disrupt the safe and secure operation of the Jail
10. Printed e-mail or internet messages, jokes or song lyrics
11. Photocopies of photographs or pictures
12. Magazine or newspaper clippings
13. Any items that would be illegal to possess
14. Mail from an inmate at another facility
15. If you have any court order restricting contact with the sender
The Jail is not responsible for delays or errors on the part of the U.S. Postal service in the delivery of mail.
“Return to sender” will be marked on all mail and returned to the U.S. Postal service if the inmate is no longer housed in the Jail.