Want to visit Jodi Arias in jail? You can try

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 11:34 AM

PHOENIX -- Jodi Arias isn't a movie star, but she's getting fan mail at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail for women as if she were a leading lady in a star-studded film.

"She does get probably more letters than anyone else does. She gets hate mail, love mail, you name it, she gets it," said Sgt. Brandon Jones with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Inmates can only accept postcards. All other mail, except for legal documents, is returned to sender.

Jones said at one point Arias’ cell was so packed with mail that jailers asked her to get rid of some of it because it was becoming a hazard.

Shortly after the request Jones said Arias released 250 pieces of mail.

The accused boyfriend killer is popular and many say for all the wrong reasons, but that isn't stopping people from wanting to get close to the maximum-security inmate.

Arias gets three 30-minute visits with family, friends or the public each week. Visitors are welcome most days except Friday, which is for legal visits only.

No felons are allowed and visitors must dress conservatively. That means, in part, no cleavage and dress shoes.

But these guests can only talk to Arias if she wants to talk to them.

Jailers will notify her of the request and give her the name of the individual; at that point Arias can accept or deny the request.

The inmate can also accept the request and once she sees who the person is she can deny the meeting at that time, too.

According to Jones, Arias uses all of her weekly visits, which don’t include visits with her attorneys.

Inmates can visit with legal counsel anytime of the day face to face.

Public visitations are done through a glass wall using a telephone.

3TV tried accessing Arias' visitor log, but Jones said the courts recently sealed it.

We do know Arias doesn't have access to the Internet in jail even though it's been rumored she tweets from behind bars, using a third party, something that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is looking into.

"He's taking a look at what can we do to prohibit things like that, what can we do to control more of what's going out," said Jones said.

The accused murderer can talk on the phone using a prepaid card and the jail’s community phone from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

During that window Arias can also watch TV, but Arpaio has limited the channels to C-SPAN, The Food Network, and the Weather Channel. The on-duty deputy decides what channel the pod of inmates can watch.

3TV has also learned Arias is housed in a pod with 32 other inmates and shares a cell with one inmate.

As for food, inmates get 2,900 calories a day.

In Arias' case she gets breakfast, a snack during court and dinner.

Attorneys aren't allowed to feed their inmates during court.

For those who want to send Arias a gift they're out of luck, but the jail will accept money into her inmate account. She can buy goods from the jail's canteen.

For more inmate information go to www.mcso.org.

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