The Newton County Jail is now only allowing postcards to be sent to inmates.
Legal correspondence will still be accepted and given to inmates. Inmates can also request exceptions, like family photos, and outgoing mail will still be in envelopes like it always has. The Newton County Jail is following suit after other jails, like Lawrence and Jasper County enforced the new rule for safety reasons.
“Everything that comes into the jail has to be inspected, opened up. We have to remove any glue surface, stamps from the envelopes. With 100 prisoners a day you can imagine that requires quite a bit of time,” says Chris Jennings, Newton Co. Sheriff.
The new rule will be implemented on October 1st.