The Florida Justice Institute, together with other civil rights organizations, have submitted a formal request to Secretary Inch to withdraw the proposed mail rule change to digitize all incoming physical mail. Here is a copy of the letter.
“Abolishing physical mail will harm public safety. FDC reported in 2020 that 86% of people incarcerated in Florida prisons will ultimately return to their respective communities. Familial relationships are crucial to successful reentry, not recidivating and not being sent back to prison. Oftentimes, due to distance and financial limitations, in-person visitation is not always an option. Allowing incarcerated people to maintain their physical mail will help maintain positive relationships between family members, spouses, and children.”