Clatsop County OR Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: November 15,2018

General Facility Information

Facility Address
636 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103
Email
sheriff@co.clatsop.or.us
Phone Carrier
Mailing Address
PO Box 658, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone
503-325-8641
Number Of Beds
60
County
Clatsop
Fax
503-325-8590
Security Level
County - medium
Facility Type
Adult
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Basic Facility Information

Clatsop County OR Detention Center's basic information for you, and their direct contact number: 503-325-8641

This facility is for adult inmates.

The Clatsop County Jail is an adult facility housing up to 60 inmates. During the year, approximately 3,500 individuals are booked and released from the county jail. The jail rents approximately 10 beds from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office to help with overcrowding.

It is the legal obligation of the Clatsop County Sheriff to provide a safe, sanitary and secure place of detention for all persons committed to his jurisdiction for detention or correction. The Sheriff must protect the community by securely holding persons who are determined by the courts to pose a threat to public safety. Further, the Sheriff must protect the inmates of the jail and the staff who work there.

One of the additional functions of the jail is serving as the depository for all county warrants. The jail's 24/7 operation allows for ready access to the warrant information. The jail runs a successful work crew program, which allows for inmates to be used to assist public entities with cost-saving work projects. Some of those projects include restoration of views at Fort Stevens State Park and preparing campsites for our county visitors.

The jail also performs service to community members requiring fingerprints for employment purposes. This service is provided seven days a week in the morning hours. Jail staff are responsible for answering the National Warning System (NAWAS) radio for all weather events and tsunami warnings. The facility will serve the needs of all user agencies and individuals, including inmates, staff, law enforcement, judicial authorities, attorneys, community service providers, clergy and visitors.

Inmate Phone Services

Click on this link for more on Inmate Phone Services.

Inmate Mail

Mail sent to an inmate should be addressed:

Inmate Name
c/o Clatsop County Jail
636 Duane Street
Astoria, OR 97103

All inmates of the Clatsop County Jail may send and receive letters through the U.S. Postal Service.

Inmates are not allowed to draw or write anything other than the address on the front of the outgoing envelopes.

No mail or notes for inmates may be "dropped off" at the jail. All materials must be sent through the U.S. mail. 

Money sent to an inmate must be in the form of a cashier's check or money order (no Travelers Express Checks allowed).  Cash should not be sent in the mail.  Cash may, however, be deposited in the Kiosk 24 hours a day, located in the lobby.  There is a fee and ID is required.  Please see "Depositing Money" for more information.

Personal checks will not be accepted. Personal checks will be held in the inmate’s personal property until the inmate is released.

Mail received at the jail for an inmate who has been released or transferred to another facility will be returned to sender. However, mail will be forwarded to Clatsop County inmates housed in Tillamook County Jail.

All incoming mail will be opened and inspected for contraband, monies and prohibited publications. 

Pictures not larger than 4x6 inches may be allowed. POLAROID TYPE PHOTOS WITH INSTANT BACKING are not allowed.  Pictures of this type will be placed in the inmate’s property and held until the inmate is released or will be returned to the sender. 

Prohibited Mail

Prohibited mail contains any of the following:

Pictures that depict or display sexual activity or genitals.
Letters containing threats of physical harm, criminal activity, blackmail or extortion, escape plans, coded information, sensational information, contraband or anything in violation of the facility rules.
Mail with stickers and/or drawings on the outside of the envelope.  (Will be returned to the sender.)

Sending Books

There is a limit of three books and three magazines per inmate at any one time.  All books previously received by the inmate will be returned before obtaining others.

All books received by inmates through the mail must be bought and shipped from a publisher, book club or bookstore and must meet the following requirements:

  1. Books may be up to 9 by 12 inches in size.
  2. No hardbound or spiral-bound book will be accepted.
  3. Books must not have a plastic or metal binding.
  4. Books may be new or used.

 

Facility Type

Clatsop County OR Detention Center generally houses inmates that are serving less than a year. Inmates that are awaiting their sentence (or they are currently making appearances in court and were unable to make bail). The jail will accept inmates from the US Marshal and ICE where space is necessary. In comparison, state prison is for inmates serving lengthier sentences on crimes that are more severe in nature.

County Jails also offer and manage alternatives to jail such as work release programs, work furlough, house arrest, and private county jails where the person convicted can serve their sentences on weekends. Because overcrowding is a problem in both county jail and state prison, both systems operate a good behavior program. Those who are on good behavior can have their sentences reduced or cut.

County Jail inmates often end up having 30% to 90% of their time taken off their final sentence. State prison inmates end up serving 50-85% of their final penalty depending on the seriousness of the crime and if parole was granted at sentencing.

Custody/Security Level

The Clatsop County OR Detention Center is located in Oregon and takes in new arrests and detainees are who are delivered daily - call 503-325-8641 for the current roster. Law enforcement and police book offenders from Clatsop County and nearby cities and towns. Some offenders may stay less than one day or only for a few days until they are released in a court proceeding, some after putting up a bond and then are released to a pretrial services caseload under supervision by the court, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court.

The jail is divided into "pods," each of which includes individual cells, common areas, and an outside recreation court — a space bound by towering concrete walls. All meals, are approved by a dietitian. Common area tables are made of solid steel with attached four seats. Inmates crowd around the tables playing cards or board games like chess and checkers. Inside the cells, there is only a sliver of a window allows inmates to peer out. There are two to three inmates per cell, The jail is crowded at about 90 percent capacity and this population varies day-to-day sometimes over-crowded. There are a number of people who arrive at the jail actively or recently drunk or high, or arrive with injuries from fights/assaults that led to their arrest, and/or are mentally ill with no other place for law enforcement to deliver them. This makes the intake process challenging for the jail’s staff and its medical personnel.

Inmate Locator

Clatsop County OR Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Oregon. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Clatsop County Jail - Visitation

Inmate Visiting

Visiting is on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Inmates are permitted three half-hour visits per weekend.

Visitors must sign up for visits in half-hour increments and advise the deputy the total time they wish to visit at the time of sign-up.

Visitors must sign up at least 20 minutes prior to the visiting session they wish to attend. Visitors who sign up earlier in the day must return to the visiting area 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot.

Inmates classified as maximum security can only visit during the last half hour of each time block.

Saturdays:

Session #1-Female Inmates
(Must register by 8:40 a.m.)
Session begins: 9 a.m.
Session Ends: 11:30 a.m.

Session #2- Male Inmates
(Must register by 1:40 p.m.)
Session begins: 2 p.m.
Session Ends: 4:30 p.m.

Session #3- Male Inmates
(Must register by 7:40 p.m.)
Session begins: 8 p.m.
Session Ends: 9:30 p.m.

Sundays:

Session #1-Male Inmates
(Must register by 8:40 a.m.)
Session begins: 9 a.m.
Session Ends: 11:30 a.m.

Session #2- Male Inmates
(Must register by 1:40 p.m.)
Session begins: 2 p.m.
Session Ends: 4:30 p.m.

Session #3- Female Inmates
(Must register by 7:40 p.m.)
Session begins: 8 p.m.
Session Ends: 9:30 p.m.

Trustee Visiting
Trustee visiting is subject to the same rules. There are no time limits except when the trustee is working. When working, the trustee may visit for only one half-hour during that session. In addition, the trustee's visit may be bumped to make space for other inmates. There is no trustee visiting during Session 3 on Sundays. Instead, trustee visiting is on Mondays starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.  Male trustees have visiting beginning at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.  Female trustee visting begins at 8:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. Visitors need to register 20 minutes early.

Visiting Procedures
Each inmate receives a form at booking to fill out the name of six people the inmate wishes to visit at the jail. Inmates need to print each person’s name, address and date of birth (if known) and submit the list to jail staff. The inmate may change the people on the visiting list only on the first of the each month. This must be done using a request slip. All visitors are required to sign up 20 minutes prior to the start of each session.

Visiting Rules:

  1. Visitors are required to show photo identification before a visit. 
  2. No person younger than 18 may visit. 
  3. Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit. 
  4. Anyone who causes any type of disturbance will not be allowed to visit. 
  5. No person(s) who have been an inmate of the Clatsop County Jail will be allowed entrance for the first 60 days of their release. 
  6. No person on probation or parole will be allowed to visit.
  7. No person on Electronic Monitoring (E/M) will be allowed to visit.
  8. No codefendants in past or present criminal prosecutions will be allowed to visit.
  9. No person convicted in the last two years or who has pending criminal charges for any drug-related offense will be allowed to visit.
  10. Victims, past or present will not be allowed to visit.
  11. No person already on another inmate's list will be allowed to visit, unless an immediate family member.
  12. No smoking, eating or drinking is allowed in the visiting area, including in restrooms. 
  13. Proper attire is required at all times.  Attire should not be provocative, suggestive, sexually provocative or associated to gang apparel.
  14. Anyone with a valid restraining order filed with the Courts against any inmate lodged in this facility will not be allowed to visit. The same applies for no-contact orders from a court or probation or parole officer.
  15. Current Clatsop County law enforcement officers (including police departments), community corrections officers, employees, volunteers and contractors will not be allowed to visit, unless the inmate is an immediate family member.
  16. No cell phones are allowed in the visiting area.  Photography and sharing of photos or notes is prohibited in the visiting area. 
  17. All persons entering the Clatsop County Jail Facility are subject to search of their person and/or property.  Purses, backpacks, bags, etc. will not be allowed inside the visiting area.  Please leave all personal effects in your vehicle or a safe place. 

All visiting is subject to the availability of staff and the overall needs of the jail. Visiting may be stopped or canceled at any time.  Violation of any of these rules will result in a suspension of your visiting privileges for 90 days. 

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photosmagazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Clatsop County OR Detention Center that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Oregon

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account or commissary account; this is not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail.  Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails even require a per night payment for the jail’s expenses – required from the inmate

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account.  An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books.  The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers.  The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming. 

The commissary also sells is paper, envelopes, and stamps which allows the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family.  Most facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – that means that there can be no money in their commissary account for at least 30 days to become eligible.  

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room.  Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
•    Inmate’s full committed name
•    Inmate’s ID number
•    Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses.  You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility.  Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are:
•    MoneyGram
•    JPay
•    OffenderConnect
•    Access Corrections
•    JailATM
•    CommissaryDeposit
•    Touchpayonline
•    tigercommissary
•    smartdeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. 

Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Sending funds using MoneyGram to a State, County or Federal facility or to the Phone Carrier at the facility
Inmates can receive funds at the facilities listed below, which are deposited into their commissary accounts. You can send inmate funds electronically using MoneyGram's ExpressPayment Program.
1.    Funds are received and processed seven days per week, including holidays.
2.    Funds sent between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST are posted within 2-4 hours.
3.    Funds sent after 9:00 p.m. EST is posted at 7:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

Here is an example of how to send funds to your federal inmate, follow these steps carefully:

1.    Wait until your inmate has physically arrived at a facility.  
2.    You'll need the following information:

  • Account Number: Inmate's eight-digit register number with no spaces or dashes, followed immediately by the inmate's last name (example: 12345678DOE).
  • Company Name: Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • City & State: Washington, DC
  • Receive Code: 7932 (and the amount you are sending).
  • Beneficiary: Inmate's full committed name

3.    CLICK to send the funds through MoneyGram over the internet to recipient's location

  • 3M MONITORING FL (1246) – Odessa FL
  • AUDRAIN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPART (9757) – Mexico MO
  • AZ COMMUNITY (1241) – Phoenix AZ
  • AZ DOC INMATE DEPOSITS (1237) – Phoenix AZ
  • AZ VISITOR BACKGROUND (1243) – Phoenix AZ
  • BUTLER COUNTY ADULT PROBATION (1288) – Trenton OH
  • CA RESTITUTION JPAY (1282) - Sacramento CA
  • CA TEMPORARY LEAVE JPAY (1280) - Sacramento CA
  • CALIFORNIA CORRECTIONS DEPT JPAY (6141) - Sacramento CA
  • CCNO JPAY (7191) – Miami FL
  • COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS JPAY (6556) – Miami FL
  • CONNECTICUT DEPT CORRECTIONS (1222) – Wethersfield CT
  • COOK CTY DEPT OF CORRECT (1750) – Chicago IL
  • DWCRC JPAY (7277) – Miami FL
  • FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS (7932) – Washington DC
  • FLORIDA CORRECTIONS DEPT JPAY (5188) – Miami FL
  • FLORIDA COURT-ORDERED PAYMENTS JPAY (5385) – Miami FL
  • GADSDEN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY JPAY (9744) – Quincy FL
  • GEORGIA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS JPAY (6857) – Miami FL
  • GEORGIA PROBATION JPAY (6901) – Miami FL
  • HCC ALC MON GPS REM BREATHE (1369) – Hixson TN
  • HCC COURT COMMUNITY SERVICE FEES (1371) – Hixson TN
  • HCC FINES AND COURT COSTS (1370) – Hixson TN
  • HCC PROBATION SUPERVISION FEES (1368) – Hixson TN
  • HCC VICTIM RESTITUTION (1373) - – Hixson TN
  • ILLINOIS DEPT OF CORRECTIONS JPAY (7364) – Miami FL
  • INDIANA CORRECTIONS DEPT JPAY (6142) – Miami FL
  • IOWA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (6185) – Des Moines IA
  • KANSAS DEPT OF CORRECTIONS JPAY (6577) – Kansas City KS
  • KENTUCKY ADULT INSTITUTIONS (1232) – Frankfort KY
  • KENTUCKY PROBATION AND PAROLE (1229) – Frankfort KY
  • KENTUCKY SOTP JPAY (1283) – Frankfort KY
  • LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS JPAY (8714) – Baton Rouge LA
  • MESA VERDE DETENTION (1292) – Bakersfield CA
  • MILWAUKEE COUNTY JAIL (1300) – Milwaukee WI
  • MISSISSIPPI DOC COMM CORR (1204) – Jackson MS
  • MKE HOUSE OF CORRECTION (7279) – Miami FL
  • MN DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (1279) – Saint Paul MN
  • MOSHANNON VALLEY JPAY (7692) – Philipsburg PA
  • MUSCOGEE COUNTY PRISON (1289) – Columbus GA
  • NC DEPART OF PUBLIC SAFETY (1224) – Raleigh NC
  • NC INTERSTATE COMPACT JPAY (1263) – Raleigh NC
  • NEW JERSEY DEPT OF CORRECTIONS (1233) – Trenton NJ
  • NYC AND RIKERS CORRECTIONS JPAY (5946) – Miami FL
  • NYS DOCCS SUPERVISION FEE (1299) – Albany NY
  • OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS (6365) – Oklahoma City OK
  • OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS JPAY (7813)
  • PASCO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFC (6184) – New Port Richey FL
  • PENNSYLVANIA CORRECTIONS DEPT JPAY (3209) – Miami FL
  • PHONE TX DEBIT JPAY (7334) – Miami FL
  • ROUTING ONLY JPAY LA WINN (1302) – Baton Rouge LA
  • SOUTH CAROLINA CORRECTIONS DEPT JPAY (3569) – Miami FL
  • SSC INMATE FUNDING (7950) – Bradenton FL
  • TAFT JPAY (7278) – Miami FL
  • TENNESSEE COMMUNITY SUP (1195) – Nashville TN
  • TENNESSEE DEPT OF CORR JPAY (6188) – Nashville TN
  • TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEPT JPAY (3570) – Miami FL
  • VIRGINIA CORRECTIONS DEPT JPAY (5189) – Miami FL
  • WASHINGTON COS JPAY (6191) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DEPT OF CORRECTIONS JPAY (7949) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DOC EDUCATION (8263) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DOC FUNERAL (8260) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DOC MEDICAL (8261) – Tumwater WA
  • WASHINGTON DOC POSTAGE (8262) – Tumwater WA

4.    First-time users will have to set up a profile and account.
5.    A MasterCard or Visa credit/debit card is required.

How do I put money on my inmate's phone account at the prison?

Using the same MoneyGram link, you can also fund the phone account directly:

  • BEALLS COMMUNICATION GROUP INC (3216) - Panama City FL
  • CITY TELE COIN COMPANY (6444) - Bossier City LA
  • NCIC INMATE PHONE SERVICE (14200) - Longview TX
  • PAYTEL (4238) - Greensboro NC
  • RELIANCE TELEPHONE SYSTEM (3019) - East Grand Forks MN
  • SECURUS PHONE ACCOUNTS (9819) - Dallas TX
  • TELMATE PHONE ONLY (7163) - Ontario OR

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary:

  • Keefe Group
  • Access Securpak
  • iCareGifts
  • Union Supply Direct
  • Commissarydeposit.com
  • Walkenhorst's Inmate Packages
  • CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How to Put Money in Commissary

While methods vary from state to state, you have quite a few options to make jail deposit. All county jails in Oregon , Oregon  Department of Corrections facility, federal prison, and all local jails have their own sets of procedures. Be sure to familiarize yourself with applicable rules and regulations regarding how to set up an inmate trust account. Clatsop County commissary, Federal Commissary, and Oregon  prison commissary prices and Oregon prison commissary list may also vary.

The oldest and most trusted money transfer company is MoneyGram. Click and follow the instructions for adding money to federal, state prisons or county jails. They transfer to your loved one's account within a few hours.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Clatsop County OR Detention Center letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

Stamps, writing instruments, paper, etc. for inmates must be purchased through the jail commissary. There are provisions for indigent inmates, as long as there are no deposits into the inmate's trust account within a 30 day period, the writing items AND postage are provided at no charge. No property of any kind can be mailed to or dropped off for inmates. Inappropriate or unacceptable mail will be returned to the sender and not placed in the inmate's locker. Those persons attempting to send contraband will be prosecuted.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • New Year's
  • Ramadan
  • Hanukkah
  • Easter
  • Passover
  • Kwanzaa
  • Valentine's Day

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate.

If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents! 

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Clatsop County OR Detention Center at 636 Duane St, Astoria, OR

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call. 

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes. 

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year.

Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money. 

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

Ask a former inmate questions at no charge. The inmate answering has spent considerable time in the federal prison system, state and county jails, and in a prison that was run by the private prison entity CCA. Ask your question or browse previous questions in response to comments or further questions of members of the InmateAid community.

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