INMATE MAIL REGULATIONS
Effective July 7, 2021
General mailing address for all incarcerated (No Funds should be sent to the address. Please see below for instructions on funding an inmate’s account):
c/o Inmate First and Last Name, ID # (call 434-977-6981 ext 261 for this information)
Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail (ACRJ)
160 Peregory Ln
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Go to the Inmate Communication page or Inmate Accounts page for additional information on inmate email, canteen and telephone information.
The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail has strict inmate mail procedures for security and safety reasons. All inmates are advised of these regulations/guidelines via notices and the inmate handbook which are subject to change at any time. Inmates are directed to notify anyone that might send mail or packages of the rules. Any mail or packages received that are contrary to these guidelines may be returned to the sender or disposed of as appropriate. Many of the items that are not allowed, are readily available through the Canteen Department.
The Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail has the right to return any item(s) that are deemed potentially harmful and/or could possibly cause security concerns within the jail environment. Your cooperation when corresponding with an inmate will be greatly appreciated.
Your mail or package will be denied for the following reason(s):
All envelopes and paper must be free of debris and/or any illegal substances, perfume/cologne, lip stick, or dried liquids.
All incoming mail must have a full name and return address
No name from or return address
Food or cosmetic items
Blank envelopes (with or without postage attached)
Envelopes with metal clasps
Postage stamps that were not used to mail package
Envelopes with gang or suggestive drawings/artwork
Blank money orders (money orders must be signed and made payable to the inmate)
Out of state money orders (must be from a US Postal Office)
Greeting cards: that plays music; plastic; blank; pop up style; 3D style; includes ribbons and/or bows; or that have been altered
Postcards larger than 6"x 9"
Photographs or pictures that depict full or partial nudity; suggestive; depict gang tattoos or hand gestures
Identification cards or facsimiles
Photographs that depict the inmate for whom the mail is intended
Paper clips, staples, pens, pencils, glitter, stickers, glued or gummed labels
Rosary beads, balloons, string bracelets or jewelry items
Lottery tickets or prepaid telephone cards
Any type of tape on letters
Do not send cash, personal or second party checks, payroll checks, out of state checks to inmates.
To place funds on an inmate’s books see below:
Putting money on an inmate’s book / account
Money orders / Cashier’s Check should be mailed to the following address ONLY. (Please do NOT include any other items, such as photos or letters, in this envelop). You may also send money to inmates over the phone or come to the jail 24/7 and place funds on the inmate’s account through the kiosk or by mail below:
ACRJ – Inmate Canteen Fund
C/O Inmate’s Full Name and Canteen Number
PO Box 7626
Charlottesville, VA 22906
This where you can put money on an inmate's canteen and phone account ONLY.
For tablet and video visitation, please visit our Visitation page.
Books, Publications or Periodicals Effective July 7, 2021
Effective and immediately, the Jail will no longer accept packages/books or magazine subscriptions from outside vendors to include Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc.
The policy change is due to the increase in contraband being smuggled in using packages, books and magazines specifically liquid drugs. These substances can cause significant health issues up to and including death due to overdose.
There are books and magazines available for free on each inmate's tablet. We will be working with the tablet vendor to increase the availability of books and magazines.
Any books or magazines received will be returned to sender.