Contacting an Inmate

EFFECTIVE APRIL 2nd, 2018

Inmate Postal Mail

To maintain the security and safety of the inmates and staff, effective April 2nd, 2018 all inmate postal mail (with the exception of Legal Mail, money orders, books, Court Documents, Bank Statements, & Publications) must be sent to the following address:

Smart Communications-Lewis County Jail

Inmate Name - ID Number

7202 NE Hwy 99 Suite 106-333

Vancouver, WA 98665

The Inmates Name and ID number must be clearly Printed on the outside of the envelope or postcard to ensure the mail is posted to the correct account. Mail not containing the inmate ID Number and Name will be “Returned to Sender”. The inmate ID number may be found online at http://jail.lewiscountywa.gov/

All regular inmate postal mail (Postcards, Letters, Greeting Cards, etc.) will be scanned into the system and available to the inmates to view their postal mail via the inmate kiosks. After electronic processing all inmate postal mail will be destroyed and will not be available.

Upon release inmates can login into the public website at https://www.smartjailmail.com/ and enter their inmate number and password and download their Photos, Messages, and Postal Mail for FREE!

Legal Mail, Court Documents, Books, Bank Statements, & Publications will continue to be sent to the facility directly at 28 SW Chehalis Ave., Chehalis WA 98532

Money Orders may also be sent in to the facility however, please only include the money order. If sent with a letter the entire envelope will be returned. Please write MONEY ORDER on the outside of the envelope.

EMAIL an Inmate

You can Email an inmate at the Lewis County Jail. Go to www.Smartjailmail.com to sign up and connect now. SmartJailMail connects Family & Friends with inmates using a fast, low cost and easy to use two-way electronic messaging system. You can correspond every day in near real time with instant communications.

Send Photos to an Inmate

You can now send photos to an inmate at the Lewis County Jail. Go to www.Smartjailmail.com to sign up and send photos now. The photo delivery service allows you to share what is happening in your life through photos with your loved one. There is no limit to the number of photos that can be sent to an inmate. All photos are subject to approval by facility staff.

Upon release inmates can login into the public website at www.smartjailmail.com and enter their inmate number and password and download their Photos, and Messages for FREE!

Inmate Mail Rules

The following is a list of approved mail practices

  • Inmates may receive up to eight photographs per letter.
  • Inmates may receive books and/or magazines from the publisher or a recognized bookstore.
  • Inmates may receive money orders to be deposited in their commissary account.

The following is a list of items not accepted through the mail

  • Obscene or sexually explicit material by its nature or content is not acceptable in this facility.
  • Material which represents a potential health or hygiene problem.
  • Contraband being sent or received.
  • Discussion of escape.
  • Code when contents are not understood by the scanner.
  • Personal checks
  • Polaroid type photo(s)
  • Stickers, glued items, collages, or similar items
  • Laminated/plasticized item(s)
  • Hard back book(s)
  • Magazines, books or catalogs not received from a publisher or an approved bookstore, or not clearly recognized as from a publisher or an approved bookstore.
  • Clothing.
  • Material(s) available through commissary.
  • Stamps or envelopes.
  • Correspondence from within the facility or from another detention facility.
  • Material of an inflammatory nature which may pose a risk to institutional security.
  • Has been purported to be legal mail, but upon visual scanning for contraband, the mail is determined to be general correspondence.

If you receive returned mail and wish to appeal, within 10 days, you can call 360-740-1344 or email LCJail@lewiscountywa.gov