Mattoon, IL asked in Criminal Law for Michigan

Q: Can prisoners send legal mail to others?

I've been helping with a prisoner and I wanted to see some legal papers she had but she said she can't send them because it's illegal.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Not sure why they would be illegal for her to send them to you if they are in fact her's. A prisoner can send or receive most any mail that is not deemed contraband. It would be contraband for her to possess other prisoners' legal work. "Legal mail" refers to the process by which prisons process mail. Mail sent between prisoners and licensed attorneys is treated as confidential; all other mail is read or at least skimmed.

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