Pasco County, Florida -- Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco has implemented a new email service for family members and friends of inmates incarcerated in the Land O' Lakes Detention Center.
It's called SmartJailMail, and the service is now accepting applications for citizens who wish to set up accounts. The service is being set up at no cost to the Sheriff's Office, and thus Pasco taxpayers, but will be paid for by the family members and friends of inmates who utilize the program.
A total of 77 kiosks are being set up in the detention center's housing units and they allow the inmates to read and send email to those persons who have approved accounts. Only email and photos sent through the SmartJailMail accounts will be permitted. While inmates can receive email and photos, they will only be able to send email, not photos.
The emails and photos will be monitored by Pasco detention deputies, just like the outgoing phone calls made by inmates are currently monitored. Failure to follow email and photo guidelines will result in the cancellation of the account.
Before the email service, inmates at the Land O' Lakes jail were only allowed to receive post cards and pre-approved photos. The new email system allows up to about eight pages of text sent for each email.
In addition to email, inmates will be able to make service requests via the kiosks, which include library services, chaplain meetings, and other social service programs. Inmates will also be able to review inmate rules and regulations, and provide tips to active criminal cases, such as the Sheriff's Office's Caught on Camera photographs.
There is no cost for citizens to set up an account. Each email will cost 50 cents; each photo will cost $1. Family members and friends can place funds into an inmate's account so they have the credits to both send email and receive email and photos.
The contract for the Smart Jail Mail calls for 25 percent of profits from the program to be returned to the Inmate Welfare account, which is used for inmate programs and services.
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