Yesterday I received a notice from JPay that one of the messages a pen pal had tried to send me had been rejected, reason: "explicit sexual content."
The notification then continued, with an exerpt from the message that had been rejected. The excerpt was, indeed, "explicitly sexual" content.
(side note: by prior agreement, I'm letting my pen pal send me a few dozens of files of his personal writings and journals, to keep safe for him because he's anticipating getting an upgraded new JPay tablet and is afraid that when he transfers his files, he may lose them in the transfer. It's happened to him before. He gave me permission to read through his stuff, but I told him I didn't want to and wasn't going to, unless there was something specific he wanted to share with me. I had been copying his messages over to my computer largely unread except for the titles, to organize them. So until JPay helpfully blindsided me with this particular writing exerpt, I had not been intending to read it.)
Now I have sort of (though not fully) understood the logic of discouraging sexually titillating materials being sent into prisons from outside, lest the male inmates be driven mad with lust or something, or be able to satisfy their human sexual needs, but I was not aware of a rationale for prisons to reject outgoing smut or sexually explicit material, or personal memoirs, or anything else. Yet, if they see a need to shield my eyes from the sexually explicit content of my pen pal's writings, how are they protecting me in this endeavor by actually sending me exerpts of the offending material to read? It is a little baffling, no?