Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee: Advocacy To Action On New Mail Room Policy

Friday, March 31, 2017

Advocacy To Action On New Mail Room Policy


Advocacy to Action On New Offender Mail Policy

The Virginia Department of Corrections has Revised the Incoming Offender Mailroom policy from the old policy.
The old policy VADOC O.P. 803.1 clearly states that Prisoners are allowed personal mail only weighing 1 oz., which is 5 sheets of paper FRONT AND BACK  but this new mailroom policy will eliminate the writing ON THE BACKBecause they are only copying on three sheets of paper. ( 1 oz. = 5 sheets of front to back pages which = 2 1/2 sheets of paper, including the copying of the envelope this will = the 3 sheet of paper). We the members of "Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee" [vapac] PROTEST  against this new policy as it will:
  • PLACE A HARDSHIP ON FAMILIES BECAUSE FAMILIES WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO WRITE ON THE FRONT AND BACKS OF (1 OZ) 5 SHEETS OF PAPER, we will now only be able to WRITE ON THE FRONT SHEETS OF PAPER THUS CAUSING A DOUBLE COST FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SEND A LETTER THAT ONCE COST 1 STAMP AND 1 ENVELOPE--------- WILL NOW COST 2 STAMPS AND 2 ENVELOPES. 
  • The new mailroom policy DEPRIVES FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF SENDING COLOR PHOTOS  because the mailroom memo says everything will be copied in BLACK AND WHITE yet photos from commercial vendors will be ALLOWED in color, because, as the memo doesn't cover photos from commercial vendors.--O.P 803.1 allows photos from commercial vendors.      
We at "Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee question VADOC mailroom change. Is it the VADOC prefers family and friends to use "Jpay"  (Pressinquiries@jpay.com) thus again causing hardships for family and friends as some don't have access to all the new technologies of a computer or cell phone. Vapac understands that the VADOC  and Jpay get kickbacks from monies spent on emails and color photo attachments. Vapac also understands it seems to be too much work for on the mailrooms clerks, thus cutting back on incoming snail mail by CONTROLLING  how many pages family and friends can write.

The members of "Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee" [vapac] urge the Virginia Department of Corrections to RESCIND this new mailroom policy/procedure and keep the policy as it is now. There are many " assumptions" vapac members can make regarding this change, as it states in the above VADOC video, due to incoming contraband from mail, However, the VADOC has in place an effective way to keep contraband from incoming mail to prisoners, this is with VADOC K9 drug sniffing dogs and mailroom clerks. Also, there are NEW INNOVATIVE TOOLS  along with the K9 drug sniffing dogs, thorough hands-on searches by mailroom clerks,  the VADOC can implement in their mailroom searching procedures with NEW ILLICIT DRUG ANALYZING tools such as portable analyzers from varied ADVANCED technologies companies without causing hardships on family and friends and not to exclude the negative effects it will have on the psyche of our imprisoned loved ones where once our imprisoned loved ones were angry about food issues now there will be an added anger issues of incoming mail to prisoners for the VADOC  manage. Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee urge the VADOC again to rescind this new revised expensive hardship and deprivation on family, friends, AND prisoners.

Drafted for our Members and followers and those who want to join us in our fight against the new mailroom policy.

By vapac






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