Detention Center Mail Regulations


The Cherokee County Detention Center has strict inmate mail procedures for security and safety reasons. All inmates are advised repeatedly on these regulations and are instructed to notify anyone that might send mail or parcels that those individual(s) must follow these acceptable procedures. Any mail or parcels that are received contrary to these guidelines will not be delivered to the inmate. Many of the items not allowed are readily available through the Detention Center Canteen Service, and are therefore not allowed.


All items mailed to the Detention Center will be searched. Attempts to deliver or distribute contraband will be prosecuted. No mail, pictures, or packages can be hand delivered to the Detention Center! All items MUST have a RETURN ADDRESS AND NAME OF THE SENDER. Items without the return address may be returned to the post office, or destroyed.


Only LEGAL mail sent directly from the courts, the inmates attorney, or other government officials office will not be seached. This mail must a have a return address and be clearly marked as legal mail.


Your cooperation when corresponding with an inmate will be greatly appreciated.


Detention Center mailing address:


Cherokee County Detention Center

315 East Dr. L. M. Rosemond Blvd.

Gaffney, SC 29340


All items must have the inmate's name and a return address clearly written on the front of the package. 

The following items are not allowed to be received through the mail:


  • Food or cosmetic items

  • Stationery, blank envelopes, envelopes with metal clasps, postage stamps, envelopes with gang or suggestive drawings / art work

  • Cash, personal or second party checks, traveler's checks, payroll checks

  • Blank money orders (money orders must be signed and made payable to the inmate)

  • Non U.S. Post Office money orders (money orders must be from the U.S. Post Office)

  • Musical, plastic, plastic covered, blank, greeting or post cards larger than 6" x 9" identification cards or facsimiles

  • Paper clips, staples, pens, pencils, glitter, stickers, glued or gummed labels

  • Rosary beads, balloons, string bracelets, or other jewelry items

  • Lottery tickets or prepaid telephone cards

  • Cellophane tape or any type of tape on letters


With respect to photographs and computer generated pictures, the following will apply:


  • A maximum number of three (3) photographs are allowed (inmates are only allowed to possess three (3) photographs at any time)

  • The maiximum size of photographs allowed are 2" x 3" in size.

  • Photographs or pictures that are nude, suggestive, showing gangs, gang tattoos, or hand gestures (signs) are not allowed.


With respect to books, publications, or periodicals, we will not accept:


  • Anything of an explicit or sexual nature

  • Any books or magazines for a specific inmate (all items donated will be distributed throughout the Detention Center)


A soft cover bible may be left at the main window for a specific inmate.


NOTE: The items listed above are current, however, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the Cherokee County Detention Center reserve the right to continually update this list and to return any mail item(s) if those item(s) are deemed potentially harmful or may cause a possible insecure environment to the general Inmate community.