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A new inmate mail delivery process at Contra Costa County jails aims to curb contraband, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

Effective Nov. 1, incoming non-privileged inmate mail must be sent to the Pigeonly Corrections mail processing center. Pigeonly, a technology platform that provides affordable ways for loved ones to send letters, photos and money to inmates, will open that mail and scan them into a digital color copy that will be printed and delivered to the respective facility, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Originals will not be returned to the sender, but they will be temporarily stored then securely destroyed,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

On Nov. 1, the Sheriff’s Office will post a link and details on the new system, guidelines, and how to use it.

Pigeonly Corrections says this solution enables correctional facilities to receive mail without the risk of contraband, “protecting the safety of government employees while ensuring inmates’ constitutional right to postal mail.”