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Pasco Tribune

Inmates get email service at Pasco jail

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LAND O’ LAKES — 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.

The service, called SmartJailMail, allows inmates to receive up to eight pages of text in a single message. Before, mail correspondence was restricted to post cards.

Anyone can open an account by registering at www.SmartJailMail.com. The service is being set up at no cost to the Sheriff’s Office or 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, which will allow the inmates to read and send email to anyone with an approved account. Each email costs 50-cents, while photos will cost $1. Inmates will be allowed to receive photos but can not send them.

The emails and photos will be monitored by Pasco detention deputies, just like the outgoing phone calls made by inmates are currently monitored.

“The program is set up to search for certain keywords - like gang words,” public information officer Melanie Snow said.

Inmates also will be able to use the kiosks to request library services, chaplain meetings, and other social service programs. Inmates will also be able to review 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, and family members and friends can use the website to 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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