Inmate Mail

In an effort to keep contraband out of the Linn County Correctional Center, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a new system for sending personal mail to inmates. 

New Instant Messaging System

The Linn County Correctional Center now has a quicker and more efficient method to send inmates messages through an Inmate Messaging system. Simply go to www.NCIC.com and set up an account. Messages are only $0.25 per message. This is much cheaper than paying for postage and envelopes and is quicker than mailing a letter. Inmates will receive the messages instantly and there will be no limit on how many messages that can be sent to the inmates.

New Procedure for Processing Inmate Personal Mail

Beginning July 1, 2022, all inmate personal mail must be mailed to the following central processing center address for scanning and electronic delivery to the inmate:

Inmate Name (First, Middle, and Last name)
 Linn County Correctional Center 
 P.O. BOX 591
 Longview, Texas 75606

Once inmate personal mail is received for processing, it will be scanned at the central processing location and will then be sent to the inmate electronically via the same messaging system referenced above.  The inmate can then view it on the kiosk in their living unit.

Inmate Personal Mailing Guidelines

  • All mail must conform to existing Linn County Correctional Center mail rules.
  • All envelopes and mail must include the inmate’s full name and a return address. 
  • Only mail that is within 8.5 inches wide x 11 inches tall will be accepted.
  • Mail sent to inmates must contain no more than 5 pages. Anything that is over 5 pages will not be sent to the inmate and will be returned to the sender.
  • All mail that is entered into the system will be scanned front side only. Do not write on the back of the page, as only the front will be scanned and sent to the inmate.
  • Inmates may receive a maximum of 1 photo per mailing. If more than 1 photo is mailed, the entire letter and all of its contents will all be returned to sender, and nothing will be scanned and delivered to the inmate. 
  • Any personal mail that is sent directly to the Linn County Correctional Center will be returned to the sender.
  • No inmate legal or medical mail and no magazines, bulk mailing, newspapers, or books will be accepted at the central processing center address (see below).

Important: Any inmate personal mail that is sent to the central processing center in Texas will not be returned to the sender or released to the inmate.  Once the mail is scanned, processed, and uploaded electronically to the kiosk, it will be destroyed.  This includes photos and anything else contained within the envelope and mailed to the processing facility. By sending the inmate personal mail to the Texas central processing facility, you agree to the items being destroyed and understand that anything that you mail will not be returned or reimbursed for.

Inmate Legal and Medical Mailing Guidelines

  • Inmate legal and medical mail must continue to be sent to the Linn County Correctional Center utilizing the following format:

Inmate Name (First, Middle, and Last name)
 Linn County Correctional Center 
 P.O. BOX 608
 Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

  • Envelopes containing inmate legal or medical paperwork must be clearly marked as such on the outside of the envelope.

Inmate Magazines, Bulk Mailings, Newspapers and Books

  • Inmate magazines, bulk mailing, newspapers or books must continue to be sent to the Linn County Correctional Center utilizing the following format:

Inmate Name (First, Middle, and Last name)
 Linn County Correctional Center 
 P.O. BOX 608
 Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

  • Any inmate magazines, bulk mailing, newspapers, or books that are sent to the central processing location in Texas will be returned to sender. 

There will be no exceptions for receiving inmate mail that does not follow the above guidelines.