Polk jail tightens security regarding inmates' mail

DALLAS -- On Jan. 1, the Polk County Jail will make a significant change in the way inmate mail is sent in or out of the jail.

DALLAS -- On Jan. 1, the Polk County Jail will make a significant change in the way inmate mail is sent in or out of the jail.

Enveloped mail will no longer be allowed. However, there will be no changes to inmate legal mail, which will still utilize envelopes. But beginning Jan. 1, all incoming and outgoing general mail will be restricted to postcards only.

"Marion County Jail began using this process earlier this year and it's working well," said Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe. "This new procedure will eliminate much of the handling and security risks associated with enveloped mail and reduce staff time and postage cost."

After Jan. 1, any incoming mail not on a postcard will be returned to sender.

For more information: 503-623-9254.

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