By Sam Stanton
The Sacramento County Jail is now offering families a way to send messages to inmates through email, saving them the hassle of waiting in long visiting lines at the jail.
In a program that began April 4, the Sheriff's Department said family members can use the online inmate information system at www.sacsheriff.com to look up the person they want to contact, then click on the "email this inmate" link.
The emails will be printed out and delivered to inmates, generally the next day, the Sheriff's Department said.
Inmates have no access to computers and if they choose to reply to messages they must use the Postal Service.
The department said messages that appear to be business solicitations or advertisements will not be delivered, and it noted that there is no privacy accorded in the system; every email will be read by jail staff before being delivered.
The department says no taxpayer money is being used to provide the service. All costs are being covered by the inmate welfare fund.