Inmate Communication Policy

The following policy controls inmate communication by telephone and by mail.



  • Telephones are provided to inmates for their use on a collect only basis through
  • In addition to collect calls, inmates may purchase telephone calling cards through the commissary program.
  • You may choose not to accept a call that is placed to you on a one-time-basis by selecting the appropriate selection once you hear the initial message when an inmate calls.


  • Inmates may send and receive mail.
  • Drawings and news clippings are normally acceptable as long as they are not inappropriate.
  • Mail is received Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from the Post Office. No mail is delivered on weekends or holidays.
  • Incoming mail is opened and checked for contraband prior to being delivered to an inmate.
  • All legal mail is opened in the presence of the inmate and checked for contraband prior to the inmate receiving it.
  • Inmates may receive money orders through the mail (POSTAL MONEY ORDERS ONLY). Cash will not be accepted in the mail and will be treated as contraband.
  • Inmates may purchase envelopes and writing materials through the canteen service; indigent inmates may order these materials, on a routine schedule, with costs being debited from their accounts.
  • No stickers, staples, paper clips, or electronic cards will be accepted.
  • To expedite delivery to the inmate, all inmate mail received at the facility should be addressed as in the example below:

Commissary Funds

The Pickens County Detention Center operates a commissary for inmates. Certain items can be purchased by inmates through the commissary. The quickest way for family and friends to add to an inmate’s account can now be done online. To add funds to an inmate’s account, simply click here, and follow the on-screen instructions. Be sure to have the inmate’s name and ID number. Be sure to have the receipt sent to your email address for your records.

Fees for an internet deposit will be as follows:
$10.00-$25.00 - $3.95
$25.01-$100.00 - $6.95
$100.01-$200.00 - $8.95
$200.01-$300.00 - $10.95

Funds can still be added by using money orders sent to the detention center on behalf of the inmate.


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