Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center will launch a new policy stipulating that inmates may only receive postcards under most circumstances.
The policy is being adopted in an effort to eliminate contraband entering the jail mail.
Under the current policy, every incoming envelope must be opened to ensure no contraband items are inside before they can be delivered. Since July, more than 330 envelopes have been returned to senders for violating contraband policies – a figure officials say continues to rise.
According to the new guidelines, inmates will only be allowed to receive postcards every day. However, they will be able to get envelopes containing photographs postmarked between the first and seventh of each month.
Inmates will still be allowed to send envelopes and letters, but all incoming and outgoing correspondence is subject to examination because officials point out that they have no legal expectation of privacy.
Other detention and penal facilities nationwide have adopted similar postcard rules.