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(Yellville) – Effective, January 1, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will follow suit with many others jails in the state of Arkansas and establish a postcard only policy for jail inmates.

Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers says that inmates will only be allowed to send and receive US Postal Service-approved postcards. The receipt and mailing of envelopes to and from relatives and friends, or any other personal mailings, will no longer be permitted. Family or friends are allowed to bring inmates USPS approved postcards and stamps for communication purposes.

The postcard policy is being implemented as a faster and safer way to take the necessary security precautions in order to decrease the risk of contraband coming into the jail. Sheriff Vickers says that it also saves the county money on supplying postage and envelopes to indigent inmates, which the county is legally obligated to.

There will be an exception for “legal mail”, which is to and from the courts, attorneys, officers of the court, and government agencies. For this exception, envelopes and papers will be allowed. These envelopes must be clearly marked and identified as “legal mail” and must be addressed appropriately.

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