COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office announced that incoming mail for inmates will move to an electronic system called JailATM effective March 15.
All non-legal and non-commercial mail will be processed by the mail scanning vendor and delivered to the inmate electronically via kiosks or tablets.
Sheriff Greg Countryman says this is to help prevent inmates in the Muscogee County Jail from using illegal substances in light of one or two incidents the jail has had with incoming mail. The electronic process will also be safer for staff and inmates.
“Whether if they were to try to taint paper with raid, taint paper with any type of liquid substance that could dry up and, you know, inmates sometimes will chew on these items and eat these items. And so that’s why we need to make sure we can eliminate these types of incidents,” said Countryman.
The inmate name and ID number must be clearly printed on the envelope of the incoming mail. The mail will still be checked for any content violations.