General Inmate Information
MAIL - Inmates are permitted to write to any person outside of our Jail facility. Incoming inmate correspondence must be addressed as follows:
Inmate Name, Resident
Livingston County Jail
150 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
Incoming mail must reflect sender's name and address.
Correspondence from Attorneys, as well as court and public officials may be opened in the presence of the inmate to whom it is addressed and searched for contraband.
In order to be considered legal mail it must be conspicuously marked as "legal mail", "privileged", "attorney-client" or similar indication that the coorespondence is intended to be confidential. It must be conspicuously marked as coming from an attorney or law firm and includes the law firm or legal services providers name, address, attorney name and valid bar number. It must be addressed by name to a specific inmate.
Mail must be sent via US Postal Service
Items not allowed: postage stamps, envelopes, blank stationary, jewelry, food, books, magazines, drawings, sexually explicit pictures, cash, personal or company check.
All mail, except bona-fide legal mail, will be by standard white post cards with no pictures. The post cards must be no larger than 5x7. This is both incoming and outgoing mail.
No stickers, glitter, or perfume sprayed postcards.
Incoming mail deemed inappropriate may be returned to sender or placed in the inmate's property locker.
APPEAL OF NON DELIVERY OF MAIL - you may appeal our decision to return to sender, mail that you have sent to an inmate. This must be done in writing via letter or email to the below address/email. You must write MAIL APPEAL on the envelope or email subject line. You must include your contact information, inmate's name, the nature of the mail, and why you feel the decision was incorrect.
This appeal will be directed to a jail lieutenant who will consider the appeal and render a decision. If this lieutenant is unable to make a decision, the other two lieutenants will be consulted and a majority decision rendered. The decision of the lieutenant(s) is final and cannot be appealed.
150 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MIO 48843
INMATE EMAIL - We now offer inmate email. You can sign up here with Access Corrections to purchase an email package and start communicating with your friend or loved one quickly and easily from your couch. All emails are electronically screened for inappropriate content and may be further screened by staff.
PERSONAL PROPERTY - If sentenced to prison, an inmate's personal property may be released to a family member Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. Unclaimed property will be discarded after 90 days.
COURT ATTIRE - Inmates are permitted to wear their own clothing if they are to appear in court for jury trial. Arrangements to have clothing delivered (and picked up following a trial) must be initiated by the inmate.
POSTING BAIL – A person
who has been arrested and charged with a crime may be required to post bail
(bond) before being released from jail. A bond is insurance to guarantee a
defendant will appear in court as needed. If a person fails to appear for a
court date, the bond may be forfeited to the court and a warrant issued for
failure to appear. A bond may be posted by the defendant or by someone on their
behalf. Bond amounts for certain misdemeanors are preset by the courts. Felony
bonds are set at arraignment by the judge.
Bonds posted at the jail SHALL be in the inmate/defendants
name and any monies returned by the court at the conclusion of the case will be
returned to the defendant. If someone wishes to post bond and keep the funds in
their name, the bond must be paid at the court during court hours.
The jail accepts cash or credit cards for bond payments at
the jail lobby. All credit card bonds
are processed by Government Payment Service, a third party company. There is a 7% processing fee charged by Government Payment Service. Credit card bond payments may also be
posted via phone at (866-370-9574) or online at https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/
using Pay Location Code 5553. If you do not wish to pay service fees you must post a cash bond.
SURETY BOND– A bonding
company may be used to post a bond for a defendant. Consult your local yellow
pages for lists of bonding companies. The jail in no way endorses any particular
bond company and does not participate in the contract between a defendant and
the bonding company.