Originally posted on A Solitary Torture:

For prisons or jails to only allow prisoners to receive postcards is just another way to sever ties to outside support systems and to INCREASE the odds that a prisoner will re-offend. It also…conveniently enough – prevents word and documentation of abuses from ever reaching the outside world. It is not good and there is NO justifiable reason for such a policy to exist, period!

February 7, 2012
Prison Policy Initiative
Contact:
Leah Sakala
(413) 527-0845
lsakala@prisonpolicy.org

Easthampton, MA — Local jails should think twice before cutting off letters from home, says the research think tank Prison Policy Initiative in a new report, “Return to Sender: Postcard-only Mail Policies in Jail.”

The report argues that the growing jail trend to ban letters and restrict mail to only postcards deters communication that is essential for keeping people from reoffending after release. “Letters are one of the three main ways…

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