Easy open the letter photocopy the letter and pass that on, destroy the original.
But the amount of mail received daily, means employing two extra staff just to do the photocopying. If we can't afford more Officers, it'll be a struggle to afford that.
As it stands at the moment, private mail is photocopied based on int.
There is a free scheme called "emailaprisoner". Everyone has the means to e mail, even if granny has to go to the library.
Staff here & no doubt at other jails have suggested that this be the only means of private communication. So far, deaf ears.
As Ho2331 says, corruption is a huge problem.
The increase in corrupt staff has been caused by recruiting thousands of new officers over a very short period to make up for the thousands that were let go a few years ago.
The intention of HMPPS was to recruit 2500 over two years & retain them at the five year point. Problem is, so many are leaving, they will have to recruit 12500 just to have a 2500 increase at that point.
I was an Officer up to just over a year ago but due to a mixture of age & injury, now work in the Operational Support Group. What I see on staff searches, Police searches of staff cars coming into the car park & so on, would make your eyes water, believe me.
Corrupt staff are scum & nothing else.
The service is in absolute crisis. The number of Officers that are on long term sick or restricted duties due to stress or injury is enormous.
Of course, this just increases the pressure onto other Officers.
I carry a radio & incidents & problems are almost constant. How the hell anyone is having time to carry out correct procedures & complete the paperwork, I don't know.
These problems are a combination of spice, a younger & more violent prison population & lack of staff.
Staff are barely holding their heads above water, increasingly, they are going under.
Is it any wonder we are having problems in an organisation where inmates used to officially be called prisoners, then offenders, & are now referred to as "the men in our care"?