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Sheriff's Department Changes Mail Policy for Inmates

Inmates will soon only be able to accept emails and postcards.

Inmates at the county's seven jails, including Santee's , will soon only be able to receive post cards and electronic mail, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday.

Beginning Sept. 1, incoming letters will not be accepted and will be returned to senders. The only form of acceptable mail will be postcards and emails. The goal of the new policy is to promote safety by limiting contraband such as drugs and weapons from being smuggled into jails via envelopes.

Postcards must be rectangular, at least 31⁄2 inches high x 5 inches long but no larger than 41⁄4 inches high and 6 inches long.

However, exceptions will be made for mail sent by attorneys, courts and other law enforcement agencies.

For more information, visit www.sdsheriff.net/jailinfo/mail.html

buzidebbee August 16, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I cannot believe this. Interesting they spring it without notice so people have to fight this outragous decision AFTER the fact. Mail is what helps most families make it through the process. I realize the old, "Then don't commit crime", stance but there are many people involved in this situation that have never committed a crime. What about mothers? Grandmothers? The young children of those incarcerated? Have you ever tried to e-mail a picture you just drew daddy? How about those who don't own computers or have email addresses or don't know the first thing about how to operate one? The e-mails are limited to a certain size and frequency also. No attachments are allowed either. This means no pictures of their children or other loved ones? This will only contribute to low self-esteem, depression, and aggression. Have you ever tried to write a letter on a post card? You can fit about 3 lines. This decision needs to be recinded immediately.
Doug Curlee August 16, 2012 at 03:22 AM
uh...it's called "jail".. the people kept therein are called "inmates".. they're also often called "convicted"..they're always called "lawbreakers".. almost alwsays, they'fe there because they deserve to be..and given those facts.. i don't really give a damn about their "rights"..they don't have any.. doug
Peter August 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I am surprised, Doug, that someone with your years of journalistic experience does not recognize that many individuals in jail have not been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial, some may actually be innocent. Of those that have violated the law, how many are cruel & felonious individuals that many of us would concede "have no rights?" Many good people make mistakes and they will pay the penalty, often with jail time. Do we now also prevent them from getting a long letter from home? A drawing by their child? A phone or address list? What about the inmate that wants to write an apology or send some instructions on how to handle their "estate?" Can any of this be done on a post card? No. Yes, the guards and inmates should be safe from contraband and weapons. Inappropriate messages and attachments should be screen, but this seems like overkill and further punishes those already in a situation we should all pray we never have to experience.
Doug Curlee August 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
doesn't seem like overkill to me..if there's somewthing like that the inmate just has to have, let the family bring it to him or her in person..or through their attorney.. sorry.. all those years in journalism you cite have left me very cynical about such things.. and it's a cynicism that's proven to be justified over the years.. doug
safesantee August 20, 2012 at 07:48 AM
Guilty untill proven innocent. End of story.
sheeple herder August 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Everyone in jail or prison is innocent. Just ask them, they'll tell you!
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