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Judge Planning To Uphold Limits On Mail To Inmates In Ventura County Jail System

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012 3:33pm

A Ventura Court judge is saying she finds that the County Sheriff’s Department has legitimate reasons to restrict mail for jail inmates to postcards.

Citing concerns with drugs, weapons, and large amounts of cash entering jail facilities, the Sheriff’s Department moved in October of 2010 to ban packages and letters, and limit mail to postcards.

On behalf of some inmates, the Public Defender’s office challenged the rule in court, contending it was an excessive response to safety concerns, and that it was unfair because it’s not a common rule in other jails.

Superior Court Judge Rebecca Riley issued a tentative ruling indicating she will deny the challenge, and noted the rule still gives inmates their constitutional rights to communicate with others.

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