New Hampshire Restricts Inmate Mail Over Smuggling Increase

May 1, 2015


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In hopes of halting drug smuggling, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections is putting new restrictions on what kind of mail can be sent to inmates.

Commissioner William Wrenn says outsiders have been sending the prescription drug Suboxone to inmates by sealing strips of it in greeting cards, postcards and layered crayon drawings. As of Friday, all incoming mail must be written in ink or pencil or typewritten on standard stock stationery or plain postcards. No greeting cards, unusually thick stationery or postcards featuring designs or pictures will be allowed. Drawings or stickers also will be prohibited, but photographs still will be allowed.

Officials say the department doesn't have the staff to manually scan hundreds of pieces of mail each day.