July 24, 1997
Re: DRAUGHON, Martin
TDCJ-ID#000878 - Ellis Unit/Deathrow
Dear Niels Graverholt:
Reference is made to my letter to you dated July 8,1997. An investigation has been conducted regarding the issues mentioned in your letter, and the following response is offered.
The TDCJ-m Correspondence Rules were established in accordance with the decision of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, in the Guajardo case. A copy of the correspondence rules have been enclosed for your information.
When correspondence is rejected, the sender will be notified of the rejection. However, in this particular case, there was no return address on the envelope, so mailroom staff did not have the information needed to mail a copy of the notice of rejection to you. Rejected items are not automatically returned to the sender; rejected items are held to allow both the offender and sender to appeal the rejection, if they so wish. In this ease, Offender Draughon did appeal the rejection.
Appeals are made to the Director's Review Committee.
The correspondence in question was denied for the on photographs of Offender Draughon were photocopied on the pages. In accordance with established policy, offenders may not receive copies, enlargements, or reproductions of photographs. This policy was established due to the use of offender photographs in various mail "scams" and for activities in violation of institutional rules such as identifying offenders for recruitment or as targets of possible harm by security threat groups or "gangs". It was the decision of the Director's Review Committee to-uphold the unit rejection of the correspondence containing the photocopied photographs of offender Draughon. Offender Draughon will be allowed to choose the manner of disposition of the rejected correspondence; he has several options for making disposition, including returning the material to yon at his expense if he wishes to do so:
Should you have additional questions regarding correspondence with Offender Draughon, you may contact the office of the Mail System Coordinators Panel, P. O. Box 99, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0099.
Office of Ombudsman