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Postcard-only Mailing for Oregon Inmates Started Jan. 1 February 1, 2010

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Twelve counties across Oregon, including two of the state’s largest began restricting the mail privileges of prison inmates starting last month.

The Hillsboro Argus reports that Washington and Clackamas counties joined 10 others allowing prisoners to mail postcards only.

According to the newspaper, prison administrators said moving to postcards only will save time, money and personnel, since it eliminates the need to open and check all the correspondence arriving and departing from prisons.

It also will make it more difficult to smuggle contraband into jails, a Washington County prison commander said.

Civil rights advocates were concerned about the cost-cutting measures. The ACLU of Oregon told the newspaper that the policy could further isolate prisoners from their families and society.

Read the full story from at OregonLive.



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