According to a press release from the LaPorte Republican’s offices, the legislation would allow for additional options for prison inmates to correspond with their families. The Indiana Department of Corrections is required to provide necessary items to send mail through the postal service.
The release says inmates can send two letters per month free of charge under current law. Dermody’s bill, however, would allow inmates the ability to send two free e-mails per month instead of the two handwritten letters.
Dermody says he believes the legislation offers a variety of benefits for the state. He says it could save the state money, but also reduce the likelihood an inmate will reoffend.
Any electronic communication an inmate sends sent would be monitored to prevent abuse by inmates.