My Virginia penpal wrote to me on Wednesday to tell me there are going to be new mail procedures and restrictions put in place from next month. He's not sure if it's just his facility or state-wide but I thought I'd drop an update here for others to be aware of.
He says all incoming mail, letters, photos, cards etc will be photocopied and shredded, and the inmate provided with just the copy. There will also be a limit on the size of incoming items to 5 pages/items. A photo on it's own would count as 1 'item'. There isn't really a limit on outgoing correspondence, just incoming.
I guess it's going to be a bit of a pain because my last letter to him was much longer than 5 pages! I don't know if the '5' means 5 pieces of paper or 5 sides, so I made sure my letter back was only 5 sides and have asked him for more specifics.
Anyone else heard of this from Virginia pals?