Tell Secretary Wetzel, #MyMailMatters

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  • Secretary John Wetzel

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#MyMailMatters

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to repeal the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' newly implemented mail policy that bans prisoners from receiving original copies of letters and photos sent from their loved ones. This policy negatively impacts more than 50,000 incarcerated individuals and their loved ones in ways that are detrimental to maintaining essential family and community bonds.

Under this policy, prisoners can no longer hold an actual letter written from their child, touch the physical photographs of their family members, or receive a beautiful greeting card to help celebrate important days.

As you know, mail and photos are essential for a positive prison experience. It's also the most inexpensive way to communicate with a loved one in prison. Research shows that maintaining and facilitating contact with family reduces recidivism and increases successful family reunification.

I understand the need to stop contraband and substance use in our prisons. However, the new mail and photo policy is hurting families, and we should focus resources on education and drug treatment programs that will rehabilitate prisoners and reduce demand for drugs in prison.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]