Federal Bureau Of Prisons Email System
HARLEY G. LAPPIN
DIRECTOR FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS
BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, UNITED STATES SENATE
September 19, 2006
are currently piloting an inmate messaging system called TRULINCS, which allows
offenders to communicate with family and friends through use of electronic
messaging via a secure work station. We believe this system, when fully
implemented, will greatly reduce the amount of incoming and outgoing mail
through the "
BOP current TRULINCS FAQs at:
Highlights from above link as of March 3, 2009:
The Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) is a new program currently being deployed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide inmates with some limited computer access, to include the capability to send and receive electronic messages without having access to the Internet. This program is designed in part to assist in the inmate's eventual release to the community. Electronic messaging has now become a standard form of communication within most American homes and businesses, and it can now be used to help inmates stay connected to their families. Strengthening or re-establishing family ties helps inmates improve the likelihood of a successful re-entry into the community, thus reducing the potential for recidivism.
No, but the list of facilities where it is available is growing, and TRULINCS is expected to be in all BOP facilities by June 2011. Ask your inmate contact about it!
Yes; all e-mail correspondence is subject to monitoring. Inmates consent to monitoring when they agree to participate in the program. Contacts consent to monitoring when they approve corresponding with the inmate and are notified each time they receive correspondence from the inmate.
E-mail correspondence may not
jeopardize the public or the safety, security, or orderly
operation of the correctional facility. Additionally, it may not
exceed 13,000 characters (i.e., approximately two pages) or have
attachments. Correspondence that is not consistent with these
restrictions will be rejected. Any attachments sent with
electronic messages will be stripped and not delivered to the