Reader questions regional jail policy

I recently had returned to me a money order, from the United States Postal Service, that I had sent to an inmate at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. In the letter of explanation accompanying the returned money order, it was stated that the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority no longer accepts U.S. Postal Service money orders.

It seems that every avenue to have an inmate receive money from family or friends requires a certain percentage of it to be paid to “jail ATM,” either by sending the money to Arizona or encountering a substantial fee at a kiosk in the lobby of the jail.

To practice extortion against the defenseless incarcerated in despicable and highly immoral.

Maurice Griffin