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Starting February 15th, 2023, all mail will need to be sent to the below addresses. Mail received at other addresses will be rejected.
Standard Non-Legal Friends and Family Mail Address:

[Inmate Name - Inmate ID]
Nelson County Correctional Center
PO Box 76550
Highland Heights, KY 41076

Mail from Lawyers or other legal representation and money orders:

Nelson County Correctional Center
P.O. Box 280
Bardstown, KY 40004


  1. All incoming mail must be addressed with the Inmate name and Inmate ID
  2. All incoming mail must have a return address on the envelope
  3. All incoming mail must be no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (letter size), no thicker than light card stock and able to be fed through a sheet fed scanner
  4. All incoming mail shall be opened and inspected or read to determine if contraband is enclosed or any violation of jail rules has occurred. If such is found mail will be destroyed and not returned. Any letters accompanying money orders will be destroyed, please send separate
  5. Prohibited Mail
  1. Stamps
  2. Blank envelopes
  3. Stationary
  4. Cash, checks, or any other forms of currency the only exception being money orders
  5. Threats of physical harm against any person or threats/details of criminal activity
  6. Plans to smuggle contraband into or out of the institution
  7. Information to formulate escape plans, to commit a crime or to violate a jail rule
  8. Solicitation of gifts, goods, money, or things of value from individuals or entities other than family or established close friends
  9. Code or gang insignia
  10. Obscene language or drawings
  1. Information that, if communicated, would create a threat to the security of the institution
  2. None of the following may be included or attached:
    1. Address labels
    2. Stickers
    3. Homemade cards
    4. Musical cards
    5. Non-white envelopes or paper
    6. Paintings
    7. Tracing paper
    8. Pages from coloring books
    9. Drawings in colored ink, marker, crayon or glitter
    10. Raised decorations
    11. Paint or the use of white out, glue or any other liquid form

  1. Pictures are the only enclosures permitted to be mailed to inmates.
    1. Each inmate is allowed up to 10 photographs per package, but these MUST be printed on photo paper
    2. Printouts from the internet, colored pages, and provocative material (i) are not permitted and will be destroyed
      1. Provocative is generally defined as follows: "Causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction” or “arousing sexual desire or interest.”
  2. Return to Sender Items
    1. Legal mail or money orders (Not sent to P.O. Box 280, Bardstown, KY 40004).
    2. Certified mail requiring inmate signature.
    3. Mail with postage due.
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