Inmate Mail

Incoming Mail

Mail to an individual incarcerated at the Detention Facility should be addressed to:

  • Inmate full name
  • Chambers County Detention Facilty
  • 105 Alabama Avenue West
  • Lafayette, Alabama 36862


Incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband and any written content that might threaten security. Legal mail will not be opened, except in the individuals presence.

Legal mail is to or from:

  1. Government official
  2. Judges and clerks of federal, state, and local courts
  3. Attorneys
  4. County Sheriffs

Anything received that an individual may not have in their cell is returned to sender or put in the individual's personal property. The individual will be told in writing of anything received but not delivered and the reasons for which it wasn't delivered.

Incoming mail will be given out within 24 hours after it is received and inspected, - excluding weekends and holidays.

No cash money may be received in the mail. Money orders of five dollars or more are permitted, but will be signed upon receipt and given to a member of the facility staff. All cash belonging to an inmate will be placed in a secure lockbox and deposited into the inmate’s account. Upon being released inmates will be issued a check for any monies remaining on their account. Checks will only be issued Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding holidays.

No inmate-to-inmate mail is allowed

Outgoing Mail

Only first class mail service is available. Inmate return address is:

  • Inmate full name
  • Chambers County Detention Facilty
  • 105 Alabama Avenue West
  • Lafayette, Alabama 36862

The detention facility will provide to indigent inmates a reasonable amount of paper, envelopes, and postage for legal correspondence with the inmate’s attorney, legal services, assistance organization, or any court. The detention facility will furnish all inmates with supplies and postage for one personal letter per week.

All mail may be inspected before it is mailed. The Detention Facility staff may inspect all outgoing mail, except legal mail, when necessary for security reasons.

No letter with graffiti or pictures drawn on them will be allowed to be mailed.

NO property will be accepted for inmates except:

  • softback (paperback) books
  • softback puzzle books
  • eye/reading glasses
  • watches $10 or under in value

Money may be deposited in an inmate's account via either a debit or credit card. Cash will be accepted once the cash kiosk is installed.

More Information regarding inmate mail is available in the Inmate Handbook. Please download a PDF copy HERE.