Polunsky Unit Correspondence

Official Bulletin:

The Texas Board of Criminal Justice approved the revisions to Board
Policy 03.91, Uniform Offender Correspondence Rules on July 13, 2007.
The revised definition of stationery is white, undecorated paper, not
to exceed the size of 8 1/2″ X 11″, or unstamped white envelopes,
including carbon paper and white envelopes with the offender’s
commitment name and TDCJ number preprinted in the return address
portion of the envelope, but excluding any paper with names,
addresses or letterhead, and excluding tablets or writing pads with
stapled binding. (NOTE: Ruled white paper is not considered decorated
and is permitted.)

Effective October 1, 2007, offenders will not be allowed to receive
colored paper from an approved vendor.

Offenders will still be allowed to receive note cards with matching
envelopes and journals with white paper. However, offenders will not
be allowed to receive the yellow legal pads.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to
contact this office.

Jennifer Smith
Program Specialist
Mail System Coordinators Panel
P.O. Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342

This is a current update on mail for all TDCJ units;

Legal Pads are allowed as long as they are white in color and are the
glued tops. 8 1/2 X 14 are allowed.

All other paper MUST be white in color and no larger than 8 1/2 x 11.

Note Cards are still available MUST be purchased by the inmate. This
will be the next item to go if they begin to have problems with it.

Journals are allowed as long as the paper inside is white.

Quadrille and Carbon paper is still allowed.

All inmates will have to get rid of their colored paper at the end of
the month according to MSCP. I spoke to Jennifer this morning. I
asked what the problem was with the colored paper and was told that
they were having a problem with the women dying their under garments
and other white clothes with the ink from the colored paper.

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Hooman Hedayati

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William Irvings Friend

I guess I don’t understand the problem with the women dying their under garments from the paper. Pretty clever idea. Why does it matter what color of underwear they wear?? You would think there would be more to look after besides underwear. It’s a proven fact your eyes do better when seeing various colors besides white all the time. What crazyness!!


This is offensive in the extreme. It is simply a war against color.In More ways then one ! Every religion on earth uses great amounts of color in their decorative arts and they do this to uplift the spirit. It is clear this is just another draconian measure to deprive these citizen prisoners of their humanity and keep them sensory deprived in their world of grey and black. Humanists everywhere should demand and end to this cruel and unusual punishment.


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