Can the staff at a sex offender program withhold mail from clients and not allow them to talk to whoever they want?

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Can the staff at a sex offender program withhold mail from clients and not allow them to talk to whoever they want?

I have a friend who is in the MN sex offender program. I worked there for 6 months and got fired because we became friends. Now almost a year later they still will not let us talk on the phone or will they allow letters to be sent back and forth. I sent him a few letters and they will not give them to him because they are from me. I want to know can they do that. I thought people still had rights in there. But they are taking his away by not letting him to talk to who he wants and not giving him his letters.

Asked on October 13, 2010 under Criminal Law, Minnesota

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Please calm down.  I can see that you are upset about the situation.  But what you may not realize is that whatever they may be doing they may be doing for his benefit.  As for his Constitutional rights to which you are alluding, they may not be is question either.  You have not given much detail as to the terms of the program, the offense he was convicted of and any information about you and how you may fit in to all of these factors.  Given all the information that has been left out of this question it is difficult to determine if his rights are being violated or he is violating the terms of the program.  Try and look at it as they are trying to help him and if he is your friend then you want the best for him.  So give it some time and see what happens.  Good luck.


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