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Prison Policy Regarding Legal Mail Tabled

The Iowa Department of Corrections has paused a new policy requiring legal mail sent to inmates at the Newton Correction Facility and the other State Prisons to first be photocopied.  The policy was driven by the fact that some prisoner mail has been soaked in drugs. The inmates then eat or smoke the mail to ingest the drugs. The policy raised some concerns — including those of University of St. Thomas law professor, Gregory Sisk, who says he has never encountered a policy like Iowa’s.

Sisk says the policy threatens prisoners’ rights to confidential correspondence with their attorneys.

A Corrections Department spokesperson says the photocopying rule is being “paused for further review.”