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The imprisoned person as well as the arrested person is entitled to correspondence. The costs of correspondence shall be incurred by the imprisoned person who can send letters on account of the prison only to the Legal Chancellor, Ministry of Justice, Office of the President, prosecutor, preliminary investigator and court.

In prison, only a message written on paper (letter, postcard) or a photograph shall be considered a letter. Thus, the imprisoned person is not allowed to receive envelopes, postmarks, telephone cards, money, magazines, etc., in a letter.

The letters sent by and arriving to the imprisoned person shall be opened by a prison officer in the presence of the imprisoned person and the content of the envelope shall be checked with the purpose of detecting forbidden items. In doing that the prison officer must not read the text of any letter opened by him/her – this is allowed only with the authorisation of the court subject and according to the procedures of the Surveillance Act. The director of the prison may restrict correspondence only if it is necessary for ensuring the security or internal order of the prison as well as for safeguarding criminal proceedings.

The correspondence procedure is governed by § 28-29 and § 96-97 of the Imprisonment Act and by Chapter 10 of Minister of Justice Regulation No 72 of 30 November 2000 “Prison Rules of Internal Procedure.”