For the safety of everyone who spends any time in a secure TDCJ facility – offenders, visitors and staff – TDCJ’s contraband policy is changing to help keep our prisons safe for all.
The Inspect 2 Protect program introduces new regulations for offender mail, revises canine and personal search procedures and changes how offenders can receive funds. These new Inspect 2 Protect policies go into effect on March 1, 2020.
These policy revisions are not punitive but are needed to allow for detection and interdiction of easy-to-conceal drugs and technology.
The fight to eliminate contraband has always been fundamental to sound prison management. In prison, contraband becomes a kind of alternative currency and simple issues like an unpaid debt can easily lead to threats, extortion and even physical assault. When contraband involves synthetic drugs like K2, it takes only one small dose for the user to suffer seizures, permanent disability and, in some cases, death.
- Offenders will only be allowed to receive mail from general correspondents on standard white paper. Mail received on colored, decorated, card stock, construction, linen, or cotton paper will be denied.
- Letters sent to offenders may not contain uninspectable substances such as perfume, stickers, lipstick, bodily fluid, powdery substances or artwork using paint, glitter, glue, or tape.
- Offenders may not receive greeting cards of any kind.
- There is no restriction on the length of incoming or outgoing correspondence; however, a limit of 10 photos will be allowed per envelope.