Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee: NEW OFFENDER MAIL PROCEDURE & EFFECTIVE WAYS TO FIGHT THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Monday, March 27, 2017

NEW OFFENDER MAIL PROCEDURE & EFFECTIVE WAYS TO FIGHT THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS



We at vapac are challenging the "New Offender MailRoom Policy" stating [quote]
  • All Security Level 2 and above Institutions. All incoming offender general correspondence to include the envelope at security 2 and above institutions will be photocopied in the institutional mailroom and a maximum of (3) three black and white photocopied pages front and back will be provided to the offender.
  • The original envelope, letter, and all enclosed contents will be shredded in the institutional mailroom. Exceptions to this requirement include but are not limited to official legal, government and court ordered document. etc..
  • Offenders will be limited to receiving a maximum of 3 81/2 x 11, black and white photocopied pages front to back "including" the envelope etc..
  • Enclosed items will not be manipulated to print multiple items on a single photocopied page. etc..
  • The entire correspondence and all items that exceed the established photocopy or size limit will be returned to sender with the "notice of unauthorized correspondence" 803_F2 advising the sender of the reason for return.
 Below is an example of what we family and friends will receive from the institutional mailroom "notice of unauthorized correspondence" advising us the reason for the return.

  • Offenders will "currently" still be permitted to send messages, photographs, and other attachments through Jpay ect...   
We at vapac are placing on the link for the "old"/complete mail policy that friends and families of our imprisoned loved ones can study. (click on sentence to link up with old policy) One will see how "at odds" this new memo is with the old one.

  • We all must email the VADOC, The  Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, our Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe that this "new memo" will place "HARDSHIPS" on families because it limits letters. [O.P. 803.1 "allows" personal mail only weighing one 1 oz., which equals 5 sheets of paper = 1 stamp].
  • The new policy "DEPRIVES" families of sending "COLOR" photos because the mailroom says everything will be photocopied in black and white. Yet we are unclear if photos from commercial vendors will be allowed in color cause the new mail memo doesn't cover photos from commercial vendors.
  • O.P. 803.1 "allows" photos from commercial vendors.  
If it's about drugs as they claim? Why make it harder for everybody else? All the VADOC have to do is focus on whoever they catch/bust handling the situation as need be. What the VADOC should be doing is enforcing valid and thorough search procedures on their own employed prison guards within their prison? WATCH YOUR OWN EMPLOYEES!
    It will be an economic "Hardship" on families because they will be unable to write on front and back of 5 sheets of paper which as of 3/26/17 = 1 oz = 1 stamp. The new policy will cost double now (3 sheets of paper including copy of envelope on one of the 3 sheets) for a family to send a letter in two envelopes. The new memo is at odds with the O.P. 803.1 policy.

    We must fight this policy for our imprisoned loved ones! Vapac is getting reports of retaliation from C/O'S against prisoners for submitting grievances against this new policy, so we at Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee Must dig into the trenches with our imprisoned loved ones & help them fight this battle with the VADOC NEW MEMO POLICY

    The effective way is to Flood our Governmental officials and agencies in our opposition with complaints in emails, letters, phone calls, call your local radio stations, write letters to the editors of our local and national papers. Use our social media accounts to expose what is happening in the Virginia Department of Corrections as it will soon be carried out across our nation's Penal System. Figure into the cost of what it will cost taxpayers! Our average Virginian citizen that doesn't have an imprisoned loved one should be up in arms about this new policy, However, we are sure they remain unawares to this insane policy. As one of our vapac members stated "This policy is clearly an attempt at censorship! WE must expose this suppression of families to remain in contact with their imprisoned loved ones.  We want our voices to be heard out on the opposition to this new mail memo. Family and Friends in a focused manner, we must unite!

    Virginia Prisons Accountability Committee submits the following contacts:

    VADOC
    Mailing Address:
    Virginia Department of Corrections
    P.O. Box 26963 
    Richmond, VA 23261-6963
    General Email Address:
    docmail@vadoc.virginia.gov
    Department Director's Email Address:
    Director.Clarke@vadoc.virginia.gov 
    Phone Number:
    804-674-3000
    Twitter:@VADOC
    Facebook:@virginiacorrections

    Governor Terry McAuliffe

    Mailing Address:
    Common Ground for Virginia
    P.O. Box 1475
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone:804/786-2211
    Fax:804/371-6351.
    Twitter: @GovernorVA
    Facebook: @GovernorVA

    Attorney General
    Mark Herring
    Mailing Address:
    Attorney General's Office
    202 North Ninth Street
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 786-2071
    Twitter: @AGMarkHerring
    Facebook: @AGMarkHerring

    Related article:

    The mailroom may have no control over this new VADOC mailroom policy But we the Family and Friends of imprisoned loved ones in the Virginia Department of Corrections Do!
    FAMILY AND FRIENDS MUST UNITE WITH VIRGINIA PRISONS ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE AND FIGHT THIS POLICY! 
    By vapac

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