Archive for Sunday, July 12, 2009

E-mails grow popular with inmates

July 12, 2009


— FYI — an e-mail system available to state prisoners — is going pretty well, according to corrections officials.

“It has a very good security system,” said Deputy Corrections Secretary for Facilities Management Charles Simmons.

In the first month of operation, 17,000 e-mail messages were sent to and from inmates, he said.

From a safety management point of view, the e-mails are easier to screen than regular mail, which has to be physically checked for potential contraband, such as hidden drugs.

“Inmate mail is one of the primary methods for introducing contraband into a correctional facility and also requires significant staff resources,” said Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz.

Officials say they expect the volume of paper mail to decrease because of the messaging system.

The e-mails are screened by computer software that searches for words and phrases that could represent a risk.

The new service is available to inmates at a charge of 43 cents per e-mail and is paid for by the inmate or someone on their behalf.

The system is being run by JPay Inc., an inmate services company based in Miami.

It was installed and is operated at no charge to the state. Computer terminals are in kiosks in each correctional facility.

Inmates can communicate with people outside the prisons, but only with people who agree to it.

The corrections department has rules governing use of the system, and notes that prisoners will not have access to the Internet.

The federal government started making e-mail available to inmates several years ago and plans to have it in all U.S. prisons in 2011.


50YearResident 8 years, 2 months ago

Looks like a great way to get a gullible, lonely person to send money or arrange a conjugal visit!.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 2 months ago

I think this is a great idea. Inmates need to be able to communicate with others. They should also have access to the Internet. Why make it so impossible for people to turn their lives around and then complain that they are not doing do.

Player 8 years, 2 months ago

This is indeed innovative. Inmates can keep in contact with family conveniently and without diminishing any security issues. All this while being at no cost to the state. Well Done KDOC!

purplesage 8 years, 2 months ago

How else is contraband introduced into the prison? Guards?

Why not let people have contact with a limited contact list? The way prisoners are treated is shameful. They should be able to contact at least family unless and until that privilege is legitimately revoked for good reason.

redheadeddevil77 8 years, 2 months ago

The corrections department has rules governing use of the system, and notes that prisoners will not have access to the Internet.

according to this one statement, inmates will not have access to the internet as far as browsing, etc.....emails only, so i think it would be a good idea

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