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County Sheriff’s Office Scraps Proposal to Limit Jail Mail to Postcards

Stacey “Steeda” McGruder, right, helped bring awareness to a proposal by the Sheriff’s Office to limit jail mail to postcards. The proposal was scrapped last week. (Photo by Jennifer Wadsworth)

Santa Clara County inmates will continue receiving mail after jail officials abandoned a contentious plan to limit correspondence to just postcards. Jail chief John Hirokawa originally brought up the idea earlier this summer in hopes of limiting the amount of drugs smuggled in through envelopes or postage stamps. But the community put up a fight, saying the mail restriction could dry up prisoners’ ties with friends, family and life outside their cell. The county jail and Elmwood Correctional Facility receive about 200,000 pieces of mail a year. If the postcard-only policy passed, the county would have become the first in Northern California to enact such a ban and one of a few-dozen in the nation.

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