Effective Friday, personal mail at the jail that goes through security checks before being delivered to an inmate will have to be in the form of postcards, for the most part.
According to Gwen Beavers of the Bradley County Jail Corrections Bureau, for security and safety reasons, some letters in envelopes can be sent but they have to be postmarked the first and seventh of each month.
Beavers said any other personal mail can be sent at any time on a standard-size postcard which is 5.5 inches by 8.5.
“We decided to go with postcards for the security and safety issues,” Beavers said, citing the fact contraband can slip through in an envelope to inmates.
“Pills can be crushed into powder form and could be overseen during screening,” Beavers said.
“The change doesn’t affect legal mail such as letters from attorneys or the courts,” she added.
According to information provided by Jail officials, postcards must have the inmate’s name, sender name and return address.
“Postcards that have items pasted or attached, or have been altered in any form will be rejected and returned to sender. The only exception to the postcard procedure for personal inmate mail will be the standard–size envelopes containing appropriate personal photos with maximum dimensions of 4.5x9.5 inches postmarked the [first and seventh] of each month,” according to the information.
Again, any items pasted or attached to envelopes, or containing additional items of any kind will be rejected and returned to the sender.
Inmate Commissary charges have also changed.
Inmates can use funds which are put into their personal account to purchase food, snacks and personal items.
Beavers said money orders will no longer be accepted for inmate commissary funds.
“Effective Friday, funds may be added by an on-site kiosk in the visitation lobby at the jail. Funds may be added with cash, credit or debit card — and through Government Payment EXP, which is accessible via telephone or Internet. The number is 1-888-277-2535 … the Web address is www.GovPayNOW.com. When adding funds either way, the user must provide credit or debit card info, inmate name, number and location. The Pay Location code is 5500.”
Funding to the Commissary can be added 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For additional information about mail or Commissary changes, visit www.bradleysheriff.com.