Published: Friday, November 5, 2010
Recently, a troubling trend in correctional facilities around the country has shown up in two Washington State jails. Inmates, already a population isolated from their respective communities, are now being restricted in their communications with their own friends and families. Spokane County Jail and Yakima County Jail are only allowing their inmates to send out and to receive postcards. These policies prohibit inmates from sending or receiving letters, pictures, limiting contact with loved ones if it takes more than a few sentences to express themselves. The same is true for families writing the inmate, restricting their right to freedom of speech.