Mail & Telephone Privileges
Mail coming into the facility should be clearly addressed with the full legal name of the inmate. The full return address of the sender should be in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope.
Address format for inmates residing at the main jail:
Kent County Correctional Facility
[Inmate's Full Name]
703 Ball Avenue, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
All incoming mail will be searched for contraband prior to delivery.
Inmates are not permitted to keep the envelopes that personal mail arrives in. All envelopes are disposed of once the content of the mail is given to the inmate. If the inmate does not have your address, you should include this on the contents of the mail. Inmates are permitted to keep the envelopes that legal (attorney) mail arrives in.
The acceptable items include the following:
- Letters sent in legal size or smaller envelope. They may not contain stamps, extra envelopes, envelopes with metal clasps, blank pages, paperclips, staples, lottery tickets, identification cards, prepaid telephone cards, magazines or newspaper articles, jewelry, food items, lipstick on letter or envelope, crayon colored pictures, catalogs, and any items containing gang insignia or references or recruitment for gangs.
- Postcards except those deemed obscene.
- Appropriate magazines or soft cover books sent directly from the publisher, bookstore, or distribution entity. The magazines or books may not contain “Due on Delivery” bills. They may not contain nudity or advocate discrimination.
- Photographs 5x7 or smaller, except those deemed obscene. There is a limit of (5) five photographs per piece of mail.
- Cards no larger than 6x8 with no "glitter" or foreign substances. Cards may not be musical, plastic, plastic covered or blank.
- All publications and/or personal materials depicting any degree of nudity are not allowed.
The Kent County Correctional Facility has the right to continually update this list and return any mail items that are deemed potentially harmful or may cause an unsecure environment in the inmate population.
If mail is found to contain anything other than what is authorized it will be marked by the property/mail room clerk as contraband Mail not containing contraband will be forwarded to the inmate. Mail containing contraband will be placed in the inmate’s property. The inmate will be notified if any portion of their mail contained contraband. The contraband mail will be available to the inmate upon their release.
Inmates will have the ability to purchase envelopes, paper, and postage stamps through commissary. Indigent inmates will be given paper, stamped envelopes, and a writing utensil according to procedures listed in the inmate rulebook. A complete return address is required on all outgoing inmate mail. This includes the inmate's first and last name and the Facility address. Any mail that does not have the required return address will be left with the inmate until the inmate's name and Facility address is included. All outgoing mail from the facility will be stamped "Originates from the Kent County Correctional Facility" on the back of the envelope. Any mail that is sent inmate to inmate within Kent County Correctional Facility is strictly prohibited. It will be considered contraband and will be immediately destroyed by the facility staff.
Telephone access is provided to the inmates between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. All calls are outgoing collect service only. You will be charged. If you do not wish to be charged, do not accept the call. Telephones are located in every housing unit in the jail and in the booking area. Calls may be monitored and/or recorded at any time. Inmates are allowed access to the phones during their dayroom periods. We do not accept incoming calls or messages for the inmates. If you have been receiving unwanted phone calls from inmates from this facility you may request to put a "block" preventing any more future calls reaching you by calling the sergeants office at (616) 632-6408.