Jail Mail

There is a piece by Geoffrey Gray in today’s New York Times Magazine about a man and woman who fell in love by way of letter writing. Damien Echols was on death-row in Arkansas. Lorri Davis was a landscape architect living in Brooklyn. After seeing him in the 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Davis wrote to Echols, setting off a correspondence that changed both their lives profoundly. Read their epic love story here.

Drug Mail

There’s a fascinating article on the cover of today’s New York Times about how the drug, Suboxone, is smuggled into prisons by being affixed to mail sent to inmates, often disguised in children’s drawings and postage stamps. I have been reading about “Jail Mail” and the restrictions on how prisoners communicate with the outside world. While I have the luxury to write about the joys of paper mail, the 2 million-ish men and women in America’s prisons have restricted access to digital communication. They are still using paper mail as their primary medium. This article about Suboxone fills in some of the background information to questions I had like, “Why can’t you send prisoners postage stamps?”

Envelope-less mail is handed to an inmate. Photo by Craig Dilger of the New York Times.