Other jails could follow Boulder County's new mail policy - Boulder Daily Camera
Although the Boulder County Jail recently became the first in Colorado to restrict inmate personal mail to postcards, rather than letters in envelopes, Division Chief Larry Hank said he doesn't expect it will be the last.
Hank, who oversees the jail and decided earlier this year to take away inmate access to envelopes for personal mail, said the Colorado Jail Association has requested copies of the jail's new mail policy because other facilities are interested in following suit.
At an association meeting Friday, the topic sparked a lot of interest, officials said, and several other counties are looking at restricting inmates' personal mail to postcards without envelopes.
The Boulder County Jail's new policy was developed after several inmates, including two convicted sex offenders, found a way to circumvent the "uncensored inmate mail" stamp -- which marks every piece of outgoing mail -- and get unlabeled letters to young girls. Gino Rael, 26, and Damien Whitehead, 33, are accused of stuffing letters in unmarked envelopes inside marked envelopes and sending them to a third party, who then would send the unlabeled letters to victims.
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