Mail for inmates is to come by USPS (United States Postal Service) ONLY.  Any other shipping method will not be recieved.  During COVID-19, all mail will be held for 72 hours.

If mail is not addressed with the inmates full name the mail will be returned to sender.

Inmates are not restricted as to how much mail he/she can receive, however, they are not allowed to receive certain things.


Any mail containing an object that is not allowed will result in the entire envelope being denied. MRRJ will not separate the mail. The inmate will receive a notification of the denial and the sender can pick up the denied mail within 20 business days. Mail can be picked up Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 10:45 and 12:30 to 3:30pm. If someone other than the sender requests to pick up denied mail, MRRJ must receive a written request from the inmate authorizing them to receive the denied mail.   

If someone other than the sender requests to pick up denied mail, MRRJ must receive a written request from the inmate authorizing them to receive the denied mail.   

If something in the envelope is denied the whole envelope will be denied.  We do not separate the mail.


First, Middle, Last Name

C/O Middle River Regional Jail

350 Technology Drive

Staunton VA. 24401

  • The envelope should have the inmates full name on it, no nick names.  If there is no name on the envelope or no full name, the envelope will be returned to sender.

  • There should be no more than 10 pictures per envelope and be no bigger than a 5x7.  No Polaroids are allowed.

  • No stickers, stamps, paint, tape, glue, lipstick/lip gloss/chap stick, or glitter will be allowed.

  • Handmade cards and specialty cards will be disapproved as well. 

  • Any photo the mail room officer deems inappropriate, or nude photographs are not allowed.

  • No newspapers or magazines can be sent in from an individual.  This includes clippings or articles printed off the internet.

  • Inmates must have a subscription for the magazine or newspaper and it MUST come from a publisher in order to receive it.  The newspapers that are allowed are Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post along with local newspapers from Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg or Page County/Luray.  Most magazines will be allowed as long as there is no perfume/cologne samples or nudity. 

  • Books: Books must be soft back and come from the Publisher/Distributor. Boxes can be no larger than 9"x12" and must be sent to the Jail address via United States Postal Service. All other boxes will be refused at the post office and returned to sender. No more than 6 books per package, and the pre-approved book form must have been completed prior to delivery.

  • No packages are allowed.  Envelopes larger than a 9"x12" are considered packages and will be returned to the sender.

  • Money orders should be completely filled out and no personal checks or cash will be accepted.  You can find examples of how money orders should look under the inmate accounts tab.     

There are two options for picking up denied mail.  The inmate can provide the mail room officer with a pre-addressed and stamped envelope or the sender can come pick the denied mail up. Denied mail can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8am to 3:30pm. 

Correspondence between immediate family members who are housed in other correctional facilities is prohibited unless approved by both facility administrators.

Contact the Director of Security operations at MRRJ for such requests.