Use Cases

Screen Inmates Mail
and Maintain Privacy

Mail pile

A Better Way to Screen

Mail and More

Incarcerated individuals’ personal mail has always been a popular way to smuggle drugs and contraband into jails and prisons, whether concealed in letters or items ranging from books to packages. The situation is growing worse as legal mail – inmates’ protected communications with attorneys and law firms – is increasingly being used as a means for smuggling due to its privileged nature. 

The need for drug and contraband detection doesn’t stop at just mail. Once drugs end up inside the facility, they will find their way to an inmate’s cell, driving the need for mobile and scalable screening.


Overcome Challenges with Screening Legal Mail

There are many cases where “legal” mail has been used to smuggle drugs and contraband into correctional facilities. It’s not only a threat to inmate and officer safety but a major disruptor, given the manual, time-consuming steps required for screening legal mail today. And after the painstaking process, success is often limited.

Despite these mail screening steps, drug-laced papers, suboxone, and small electronics and contraband routinely evade these manual approaches. The manual mail screening process also puts staff at risk of coming into contact with dangerous substances, including fentanyl, when opening mail items. 

It all adds up to a process that takes too much time and too many resources and puts staff at risk. Until now, with MailSecur – the only screening solution that quickly detects drugs and contraband without the need to open legal mail.

Mail pile with corrections
Mail screening in corrections facility


Easily Screen and Process for Delivery

The sheer volume of incoming mail presents ample opportunity to introduce drugs and contraband into facilities. Whether handwritten letters from family members, greeting cards, or photos, personal mail comes in many shapes and sizes. Cost-effectively managing personal mail logistics, screening, and delivery is a challenge faced by nearly all correctional facilities, which also need to balance considerations to deliver original communications in a timely manner.  

Unlike legacy technologies, MailSecur now enables correctional facilities to quickly scan original, unopened mail items and clear them for delivery to the intended recipient. MailSecur assists with drug and contraband detection, flagging suspect items for further analysis. 


Screening on the Go

Another avenue for drug and contraband smuggling is when inmates return to prison from court appearances. Hand-carrying legal documents is an added complexity to a complete screening process as facilities also need to account for intake areas. Logically, any smuggled substances will be hidden in an inmate’s cell. Therefore, having drug and contraband detection capabilities that can extend beyond the mailroom is a critical component of staff and inmate welfare. 

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