5120:1-10-06 Communication.

(A) There shall be no limitation on the amount of incoming or outgoing mail or correspondence when the prisoner is responsible for the costs of postage.

(B) Incoming prisoner mail, correspondence and packages shall be opened and inspected to intercept cash, checks, money orders and contraband. The jail shall document procedures for the appropriate disposition of intercepted items.

(C) Legal mail or correspondence shall be opened and inspected in the presence of the prisoner to intercept contraband. The jail shall document procedures for the appropriate disposition of intercepted items.

(D) Mail, correspondence and packages shall only be withheld, read or rejected based on legitimate jail interests of order and security and is justified and approved by the jail administrator or designee in writing. The prisoner shall be notified if mail is withheld or rejected.

(E) Outgoing mail or correspondence shall be forwarded and sealed without inspection except as provided in paragraph (D) of this rule.

(F) Indigent prisoners shall receive writing materials, envelopes and postage for two letters per week.

(G) Prisoners shall have access to legal counsel of record including telephone contact, written communication, and confidential visits.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/10/2013 and 01/08/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5120.01 , 5120.10
Rule Amplifies: 5120.10
Prior Effective Dates: 1/2/81, 1/1/83, 6/1/91, 9/21/98, 1/1/2003