WASHINGTON COUNTY – Inmates at Purgatory Correctional Facility can now send and receive emails.
Detective Nate Abbott said the Washington County Sheriff’s Office contracted a new service so that inmates can receive email. The public can email the jail, which is then printed out, checked for contraband, and then given to the inmate. In order to send an email in return, the inmate fills out a form, handwrites their email, and then it is transcribed, checked for contraband, and sent to the receiver.
Abbott said the new system doesn’t save the sender money compared to regular mail, but it has a faster turnaround time. It costs the sender about 50 cents per transaction and they must set up an account before the inmate can send them emails in return.
“Taxpayers are not paying for this,” Abbott said. “Whoever is sending or wants to correspond with the inmate has to set up an account and accrue charges, not the inmate.”
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