Inmate Mail

No Handwritten Notes

Kenton County Detention Center no longer allows written letters to come in the mail - The only type of personal mail allowed will be postal postcards.

If any handwritten letters come in they will be returned to sender. Postal post cards are purchased at a post office. They are plain and pre-stamped. Must be written in pen or pencil: no markers, crayons, etc.

This policy is necessary in an attempt to decrease the amount of contraband entering the Jail through regular envelopes. The postcard incoming mail restriction does not apply to the Department of Corrections, Courts, practicing attorneys, public officials or approved clergy. If a handwritten personal letter is found in the inmates legal mail, then the handwritten letter will be disposed of and the legal mail will be delivered.

Additional Stipulations

  • Money orders are NO LONGER accepted.  
  • Inmate to Inmate correspondence is strictly prohibited.
  • Postcards MUST have a return address and sender’s FULL name.
  • Photos received from a 3rd party vendor will be delivered to the inmate until the photo limit (6) has been reached.
  • Postcards received will be scanned into the CareaCell kiosk for inmate viewing/reading.  The physical postcard will be put into inmate property.
  • ANY incoming mail suspected as contraband will be delivered to the USPS Office of the Inspector General.
  • Photos sent on postcards can NOT be larger than 4” x 6".

Any mail that is sent out and returned will be destroyed.

Postcards should be addressed:

Inmate name
c/o Kenton County Detention Center
3000 Decker Crane Ln
Covington, KY  41017