WPR: Oneida County Jail ban on inmate mail from outside called unconstitutional by ACLU.
In a new letter to Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Wisconsin writes that the jail's "complete refusal to deliver written correspondence to all people in the jail is clearly unconstitutional."
Oneida County may be the only jail in the state to refuse letters from outside friends and family members. It's a policy Oneida County put in place in 2019 after Hartman said inmates received illegal drugs and contraband cellphones and pornography smuggled through the mail.
"We had inmates smuggling things in that could potentially kill somebody, and so we took action on that," Hartman said.
The jail replaced paper mail with electronic kiosks in its cellblocks that allow inmates to receive emails and video calls, for a price. The ACLU has requested Hartman turn over all documents relating to its contract with the private vendor that operates the kiosk service.
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