Muskegon County drops some jail mail restrictions

The Muskegon County sheriff has changed a policy that forced jail inmates to use postcards if they wanted to write from behind bars. But Sheriff Dean Roesler is still restricting mail sent to jail inmates, calling it a security issue. Mail must be on a postcard, not a letter in an envelope. Roesler said he decided to change the policy Tuesday night and was not influenced by a protest by about a dozen people outside his home Wednesday. The protesters held a large sign that said, "Freedom of speech denied.'
AP Wire
Sep 1, 2011

The Livingston County Jail has a similar postcard-only policy for incoming mail. The county is being sued by a Vermont-based publication that wants to send its monthly journal about prison news to inmates.

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