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Default West Virginia inmates to get scans / photo copies of letters

This sucks.. I think it is probably more about them having a historical record (COPY!) of everything than preventing drug smuggling.. I'm not up to speed on the latest and greatest in drug technology, but what good are Drug Dogs if they can't sniff out mail? If I were in and had a kiddo with crayons working hard to send me something special, I think the real deal would be much more pleasing.. Yeah.. IMO, this is about scanning and documenting more than illicit drugs entering the prison.

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. (WTAP) - To thwart the ever-present and constantly evolving threat posed by contraband smuggling, West Virginia’s regional jail system has revamped its inmate mail policy and the state’s prison system is poised to follow suit. Inmates in West Virginia’s 10 regional jails now receive photocopies of all mail from family, friends and businesses. The originals are shredded. Any photos in such “non-privileged” mail are also photocopied, with the originals kept with the inmate’s personal belongings pending release.

These revised policies respond to numerous attempts to smuggle contraband, and specifically various forms of synthetic drugs, by coating it on mailings. This potential route for smuggling is considerable: the regional jail system alone received and screened 300,000 pieces of mail last year. “We are going to continue the fight to stop the drugs from coming in. This is just Phase One,” said Regional Jail Director David Farmer. “(Military Affairs and Public Safety) Secretary Sandy has made it clear that this is not to be tolerated.”
Full Story: W.Va. inmates will receive photocopies of mail to prevent drug smuggling
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Is that even legal to do with business mail?
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That's actually a seriously legit question I never considered... If I had to guess, they'll just return it.. Which begs another question. I received a lot of business / commercial mail when I was inside, by my own solicitation.. How does that work out in a system like this? How do the feds see this?
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Seems VA is going to do the same.

http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7610031#post7610031


I wouldn't think they could do it with Legal Mail since it is only to be opened in front of the inmate and shook, but not removed from the envelope for anyone to see other than the inmate.
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:22 PM
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Thanks for the link, Sass... I wonder if they are working hand-n-hand on this? Sure hope this doesn't spread..
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That's actually a seriously legit question I never considered... If I had to guess, they'll just return it.. Which begs another question. I received a lot of business / commercial mail when I was inside, by my own solicitation.. How does that work out in a system like this? How do the feds see this?

I honestly don't think they can do it with any type of business mail as they have to have the originals. But then again what do the consider to be business mail.
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Thanks for the link, Sass... I wonder if they are working hand-n-hand on this? Sure hope this doesn't spread..
I knew I had read this already somewhere and I was hoping to merge you haha! But alas, it was VA, not WVA where I read it.

I, too, hope it doesn't spread. Though I can see the ACLU stepping in.
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I hope I'm not asking a stupid question.. (Wouldn't be the first!) But, why not? I'd hope the feds would step in, actually.. The USPS might have (hopefully) an ax to grind? Maybe wishful thinking on my part..
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Oh I hope they step in too before it spreads to other states, if it does.

Inmate mail is separated into two categories: privileged (legal mail - court, lawyers) and nonprivileged (everyone other than the courts/lawyers). Business mail falls under nonprivileged mail.

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I'm not up to speed on the latest and greatest in drug technology, but what good are Drug Dogs if they can't sniff out mail?
It does seem like one or two working dogs could make shorter work of this with a lot less man-hours spent scanning mail.

"Any photos in such “non-privileged” mail are also photocopied, with the originals kept with the inmate’s personal belongings pending release."

What a waste of time and storage space.
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>crayons

I'd prefer the real thing too. That may not happen. At least one prison just tosses children's crayon drawings into the trash. I'd take a photocopy over that.
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Its a sad step and unfortunately another step to punish everyone for the actions of the few.I can imagine a time will come when all mail other than legal has to be via electronic systems such jpay and access corrections.That will be another way to increase company profits and remove that close contact of a hand written letter from inmates.
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It's happening in central Florida too. Just started in the last couple of weeks
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What a waste of time, copy paper, and tax payers' money
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Might not be that expensive. Outbox.com was going to make a business out of sending people scans of their USPS mail.

Aren't there supermaxes already that are showing inmates scans of their incoming mail on screens instead of delivering paper?
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Do you know where it started? Cause I have not heard anything like this in Florida.
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I'm willing to bet that companies like Securus are pushing this kind of thing and likely even offering the software, hardware and training to make it happen. They want to offer end to end security solutions and how better else to do than by controlling all the technology by which inmates receive money and communicate with the outside. Everything has to be in a database for their sales pitch to truly come to pass.
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Do you know where it started? Cause I have not heard anything like this in Florida.
The county jail my friend is in.
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Would you mind sharing which one that is? It'll be interesting to track the roll-out, if that is what is happening.
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