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Federal prisons set up e-mall programs.

Twenty of the Federal Bureau of Prisons' facilities have programs that allow inmates to send and receive e-mails, reported The Associated Press. The BOP started the program several years ago and expects all 114 of its facilities to be equipped with the program by spring 2011. The program cuts down on the amount of paper mail, which can conceal drugs and other contraband, and it helps prisoners connect regularly with their families. In addition, officials said, it helps inmates build computer skills they can use when they return to the community.

Inmates at Coleman federal prison in Florida send more than 3,200 messages a day and receive around 2,800, Warden Scott Middlebrooks said. To pay for the program, the BOP uses proceeds from prison commissaries and charges inmates 5 cents per minute to compose and read e-mails. As a security precaution, messages can be screened for keywords or read by correctional officers before they are sent. And messages can only be sent to contacts who agree beforehand to receive messages from a specific inmate.
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Author:Gormsen, Lia
Publication:Corrections Compendium
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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