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After Sept. 1, San Diego prisoners can get postcards, no letters

If you're writing a letter to a prisoner in one of seven jails run by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, you best finish it and get it in the mail.

After Sept. 1, prisoners will only be allowed to receive postcards and email, no letters, except from their attorneys or other justice system officials.

The goal, said Sheriff's Cmdr. Rich Miller, is to reduce the amount of drugs, weapons and other contraband being smuggled into the jails. Among other things, there have been attempts to smuggle hypodermic needles to prisoners in letters, Miller said.

And the postcards better be clean: no depictions of nudity, weapons, gang references, criminal activity, codes, racism, or images or writing that may incite violence.

After Sept. 1, letters, as Elvis famously said, will be marked "return to sender."


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