Incoming/outgoing mail may be opened and inspected for contraband by jail staff with the exception of legal/privileged mail which shall be opened in the presence of the inmate.

Privileged Mail

Jail Division staff shall forward privileged mail (correspondence or mail between an inmate and an elected official, officials of the Department of Corrections, attorneys or other officers of the court) unopened to the inmate's housing unit. Deputies assigned to that unit will only open and inspect the mail in the presence of the inmate to whom it is addressed.

Social Mail

The mailing address for inmate mail is:
Inmate's full name
Anoka County Jail
325 E Jackson St
Anoka, MN 55303

Letters or packages arriving "postage due" or "C.O.D." will not be accepted. Mail containing materials and information that is prohibited by jail policy, detrimental to facility security, public safety and the orderly operation of the facility is not allowed. Examples of prohibited items would include but not be limited to:

  • Instructions on the manufacturing of homemade weapons, bombs, explosives or escape materials;
  • Instructions on the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages;
  • Instructions on how to defeat locks and restraint devices;
  • Magazines;
  • Newspapers;
  • Photographs larger than 4 x 6 and photographs or artwork that contain nudity, or are sexually explicit;
  • Gang related drawings or materials;
  • Post cards, letters or greeting cards treated with or containing a foreign substance. Examples of a foreign substance would include, but not be limited to glitter, stickers, perfume, etc;
  • Mail describing or encouraging activities which may lead to the use of physical violence;
  • Plans to commit illegal activities;
  • Mail that is addressed or intended for a person who holds a no contact order or order for protection against the inmate or an associate of the inmate;
  • Plans to violate jail regulations or other written instructions; or
  • Mail written in code.

Mail containing cash, money orders, personal checks or corporate checks will be returned to sender or placed in the inmate's property.