Santa Clara County Families Stop Ban of Letters to Inmates

Aug. 10, 2013 / By


( Community members share why letters are so vital for families and individuals on both sides of the jail walls.)

Congratulations to the families and community of Santa Clara County! We successfully made our voices heard, and stopped the implementation of a jail policy which would have greatly restricted inmates from receiving letters, photos, and all of the other “lifelines” that connect those on the inside to their loved ones on the outside. The policy — called the Postcard Only Policy — was created originally by Sheriff Arpaio in Arizona, and has been spreading quickly to counties across the nation. We first heard the alarms of the policy being planned here in Santa Clara County after receiving calls from families, and receiving letters of concern from inmates. Our community of civil rights groups, families of the incarcerated, re-entry experts, faith-based communities all came together to express a collective repudiation of the policy (watch the powerful video).

Read more and view a video at Silicon Valley De-Bug


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