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NC prisons move to digital mail for offenders

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Offenders at North Carolina’s 55 state prisons won’t get cards, photos or handwritten letters anymore. Instead, officials said they will receive printed-out versions of digital scans. WNCN-TV reports that the Department of Public Safety piloted the program in four women’s prisons starting last year and says disciplinary infractions for drug possessions dropped 50 percent. The rule change went into effect at men’s prisons on Monday. The department says the program will make prisons safer, but advocates are concerned that it will hurt social connections for people behind bars. People can download an app called TextBehind and upload the scans. Each scan starts at 49 cents. Mail cannot be sent directly to prisons.