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Alabama jail going to digital mail system for inmates

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Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 3:13 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Inmates in one Alabama county jail will no longer get their mail in the usual manner beginning next month. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, in a news release, said it’s moving to digitize incoming mail, including letters, cards and photographs which will be scanned into the commissary system and delivered to inmates in digital form only. Al.com reports inmates will have access to their personal mail through a kiosk inside the housing areas. Sheriff Kevin Turner says the change will block inmates from getting drugs through the mail system and ease the threat from COVID-19.

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