By SALINA POST
The Saline County Sheriff's Office is changing the way Saline County Jail inmates receive mail.
The jail has contracted with Smart Communications to provide MailGuard electronic mail services, the sheriff's office announced in a news release this morning.
"The changes are being made to streamline the operations of the Sheriff's Office, improve communications, and ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and staff," the sheriff's office noted. "MailGuard is a quick and efficient way for inmates to receive letters and photos electronically."
Beginning Wednesday, inmate postal mail must be sent to the following address.
Smart Communications / Saline Co. Jail
INMATE NAME AND NUMBER HERE
PO Box 9174
Seminole, FL 33775-9174
Inmate mail received at the jail after Wednesday will be returned to the sender, according to information from the sheriff's office.
Legal mail, court documents, bank statements, and publications will continue to be sent directly to the jail at PO Box 1606, Salina, KS 67402, the sheriff's office noted.
For the postal mail going through MailGuard, the inmate's name and booking/ID number must be clearly printed on the outside of the envelope or postcard to ensure the mail is posted to the current account.
Once received at the Florida facility, all regular inmate postal mail (postcards, letters, greeting cards, etc.) will be scanned into the MailGuard system and available for inmates to view via the jail kiosks. Once they are released from the jail, inmates can log in at https://www.smartinmate.com/ and enter their inmate number and password to download their photos, messages, and postal mail for free.
Additionally, the sheriff's office encourages inmate family and friends to subscribe to MailGuard Tracker, a free account that lets them view delivery status, receive notifications about mail being rejected, and download copies of mail that have been received and processed.