As someone who regularly writes for publications from prison, I’m often asked what the legal parameters of such conduct are. Typically, this discussion starts with a prisoner’s family member contacting me, and expressing that they have been told that their incarcerated loved one is not allowed to publish any articles, blog posts, or books because
From within the belly of the beast, federal prisoners are largely cut off from the outside world. While some subscribe to mainstream publications and newspapers, prisoners are increasingly coming to rely on Corrlinks.com news services which deliver news articles via TRULINCS computers in their housing units. Each day they can login to their TRULINCS account
Federal inmates can now subscribe to free or paid news services through the use of a monitored email service. This enables inmates to stay abreast of local, state, national, and issue-specific news of interest to them. No longer must they dig through recycling bins at their prison facility to locate a week-old USA Today or New York Times. Now, they can have news delivered to their inbox on a daily, bi-weekly, or weekly basis. This article presents how these services work, what types of news they furnish, their costs (if any), and presents a list of such reputable email news services.
Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System
The Federal Bureau of Prisons allows inmates to utilize a monitored computer service called the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS). As reported at https://prisonerresource.com/ and https://prisonerresource.com/, this system allows inmates to manage their trust fund account transactions, stay abreast through an electronic bulletin board system for inmates, send messages to staff members, browse and buy MP3 song files, manage outside contact’s addresses and phone numbers, print mailing labels for letters, send money to those outside of prison, and even utilize a monitored email service.
Monitored Email Through Corrlinks
The TRULINCS monitored email service allows authorized inmates to email with pre-screened community members. All the inmate has to do is add the outside contact’s name, postal mailing address, and email address into their contacts folio via a TRULINCS computer and a system-generated email is sent to the outside contact with information on how to become an authorized contact. After the outside contact goes to the Corrlinks website, they input a security code contained within the system-generated message and they are then allowed to email with the inmate in question.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has implemented a monitored email service in conjunction with the Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) — the same company which facilitates the BOP’s MP3 service — so that federal inmates can now email their family and friends. This service is accomplished via the use of the Trust Fund Limited Inmate