All mail should be addressed to the inmate at 141 West Elm, Wichita, Kansas 67203.
- All mail must be properly addressed with identification information to clearly identify the inmate in custody. Mail will be returned to sender if information is insufficient to reasonably determine the identity of the inmate for whom it is intended.
- All letters must have a return address on the outside of the envelope.
- Letters to more than one inmate in a single envelope will be returned to sender.
- Inmates housed in the Sedgwick County Jail are prohibited from writing to each other unless writing family members and the inmate must receive prior approval. Letters containing inmate to inmate mail will be returned. If it is deemed that inmates are attempting to circumvent this mail policy, they may lose privileges.
- Mail with extra markings or drawings (extraneous writing) on the envelope, other than sender and recipient names/addresses. Any tape to seal envelope or the use of white-out, will be returned to sender.
- Cashier’s checks, cash and money orders are not accepted through the mail. Mail containing these items will be returned to sender.
- Mail addressed to inmates who are no longer in custody will be stamped "Return to Sender, Inmate No Longer in Custody" and returned.
- Mail containing unacceptable items, sexually explicit content/drawings in letters or contraband will be returned with a note of explanation.
- Privileged mail (legal mail) must come from the following persons: licensed attorney, judges and clerks of any federal, state or local court, the director of the state department of corrections and his/her staff, the President, Vice-President, and Attorney General of the United states, The Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General of any state, any member of the state legislature and any parole board member and must have official markings on the outside of the envelope and will be opened in the presence of the inmate and checked for contraband but will not be censored. Any mail otherwise designated “privileged” loses the status if it arrives via an intermediary.
- Publications in paperback form (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters) are permitted provided: They are mailed directly from the publisher or merchant and they do not include nudity/partial nudity, sexually explicit content, obscenity or subversive material.
- Packages mailed to inmates will not be accepted, but will be returned to sender unopened.
- All non-privileged mail will be opened and checked for contraband prior to delivery to inmate.
- Items that are impossible to inspect without destruction will be returned to sender (glued items, greeting cards).
- Contraband items listed below will not be accepted and will be returned to sender.
- Art supplies, blank writing paper, blank greeting cards, bound calendars, cash/checks/money orders, catalogs, cigarettes, credit cards, drugs, envelopes plain or stamped, excessive odors, fabric, felt, foam, foil, food items, gang-like pictures/signs, glitter, glue, hair, jewelry, keys, lipstick/lip gloss, metal, musical cards, narcotics, nudity/partial nudity of men, women or children, paint/marker, pens, pencils, plastic/laminated items, playing cards, Polaroid’s (instant photos), stains on paper, stamps, stickers, string, twine, bands, ribbon, subversive material, tape, tissue paper, unknown substances (including white out correction fluid). Mail which otherwise threatens the safety, security, or good order of the facility, or which encourages or instructs the commission of criminal activity is prohibited. Other items may be excluded from distribution if they are considered a security risk.
- Items that are unacceptable will not be separated or thrown out. The entire envelope with its original contents will be returned to sender. Packages containing multiple books will be returned to sender if contents include: hardback books, spiral notebooks, plastic disks, art supplies etc.
- The volume of printed material (including newspaper and magazine clippings) is limited to what is included in a first class letter, not exceeding one ounce in total weight.