Connect By Phone, Email Or U.S. Mail
The Stanly County Detention Center recognizes the importance of an inmate’s ability to communicate not only with their legal counsel but also their family, friends and community. The Detention Center provides several options to inmates at the facility for communication.
Inmate Telephone Calls
Inmates assigned to the general population cell blocks are allowed access to telephones each day. The inmate telephone system is programmed for outgoing collect and debit calls only and are provided through PAYTEL Communications. www.paytel.com. The party accepting the collect call will be required to set up an account and will be billed accordingly. In addition to collect calls, inmates may purchase telephone calling cards through the Commissary Service.
During the initial phase of the inmate booking procedure, each inmate is afforded the opportunity to make a free telephone call. The party receiving this free call still has the opportunity to accept or deny the telephone call.
- Inmates are not permitted to receive telephone calls.
- All telephone calls are limited to fifteen minutes.
- Three-way telephone calling is strictly prohibited.
- Detention Staff cannot pass notes or deliver any messages to inmates.
All inmate telephones within the cell blocks will be turned on at 8:00 a.m. and turned off at 5:00 p.m. Telephones will also be turned off during meals, shift changes and any other time deemed necessary by the Stanly County Detention Center in order to maintain the safety and security of the facility.
Under certain circumstances, inmates may be denied access to telephones. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Inmates housed in Disciplinary Segregation
- Inmates placed on Closed Custody
If an inmate needs to be contacted in the event of an emergency, please contact the Stanly County Detention Center at (704) 986-3734.
Blocking Inmate Calls
To stop an inmate from calling, please call the Detention Center Administrator (704) 986-3735 and advise you would like your phone number blocked. You may also 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.
If you have questions regarding the inmate telephone service (telephone call charges) or you experience problems receiving calls from the Detention Center, please call PAYTEL Communications at 1(800) PAY-TELL (1-800-729-8355), 24 hours a day www.paytel.com
Inmate Postal Mail
Inmates may use the U.S. Postal Service to send and receive correspondence. Writing materials, cards and stamps are available to inmates through the Commissary Service. Paper, stamps, envelopes and postcards cannot be mailed to inmates for use in their correspondence. Indigent inmates are provided writing materials and envelopes to mail two personal letters per week.
Inmate mail is distributed Monday through Friday within 24 hours of being received from the U.S. Post Office, except during weekends and holidays.
Sending Inmate Mail
Incoming mail must have the full name and address of the sender clearly written on the outside of the envelope. Incoming mail must be addressed to the full name of the inmate (the name and spelling under which they were booked in). Any mail not meeting these requirements will not be accepted. To expedite delivery to the inmate, all inmate mail sent to the Stanly County Detention Center should be addressed using the following example:
All correspondence, with the exception of legal mail, will be opened and scanned for contraband prior to distribution. Legal mail is correspondence or legal materials coming from an attorney and must be clearly marked “Attorney/Client Mail” or “Legal Mail”. Any legal mail received will be opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate. No inmate-to-inmate mail is allowed, either directly or by a third party without prior approval by the Jail Administrator.
Allowed & Prohibited Items
When sending letters or cards to an inmate at the Stanly County Detention Center, certain rules and guidelines apply to ensure the safety and security of the inmates and the facility.
- Envelopes no larger than a No. 10 business envelope, unless it is legal mail from an attorney.
- Cards or paper no larger than 8 1/2″ x 11″.
- One store bought or homemade greeting card no larger than 5″ x 8″.
- Up to ten pages of handwritten or typed person-to-person correspondence.
- One piece of paper which has been reproduced or copied from a mass produced item such as a book or from the Internet.
- Inmates may have no more than two (2) pictures larger than 4″ x 6″ in their possession which contains no nudity or suggestive poses.
- No cash, checks.
- No personal property will be accepted.
- Cannot contain stationery, postage stamps or envelopes.
- No greeting cards with foil, glue, felt, glitter, music, etc.
- No stickers or gloss paper, laminated products, crayon or lipstick.
- No staples, paperclips or any metal object.
- No cutouts from magazines.
- No inappropriate photographs or drawings.
Incoming mail containing photographs is strictly monitored. Inmates are only authorized to possess up to two (2) photographs printed on regular copy paper at any time. Photographs exceeding this amount are inventoried, documented and stored in the inmate’s property for return upon the inmate’s release.
Any mail received not meeting all of the guidelines listed above, or that contains prohibited items, will be returned in its entirety to the sender. If any illegal substances are found, the correspondence will be turned over to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation which may result in criminal prosecution.