33-210.103: Privileged Mail
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule is to clarify that incoming mail from the news media that is individually correspondent in nature, rather than being a publication of the news media organization, should be marked so that staff know to treat the incoming mailing as correspondence rather than a publication.
SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Privileged mail.
RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 944.09 FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 20.315, 944.09, 944.11 FS.
IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE WEEKLY.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Kendra Lee Jowers, 501 South Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS:
33-210.103 Privileged Mail.
(1) through (4) No change.
(5) Processing of Privileged Mail.
(a) All incoming privileged mail shall be opened in the presence of the inmate to determine that the correspondence is privileged mail and that it contains no unauthorized items. Incoming mail from the news media that is correspondence as opposed to a publication shall clearly indicate on the outside of the envelope the nature of the mail in order to put staff on notice that it should be handled pursuant to this Rule rather than Rule 33-504.101, F.A.C. (“Admissible Reading Material”), such as by marking it as “privileged,” “correspondence,” or “not a publication.” Only the signature and letterhead of privileged mail may be read. If the incoming mail is not privileged mail, it will be returned to the sender along with a form letter which states that the correspondence is being returned in accordance with subsection (5) of this rule because it was being transmitted under the guise of privileged mail. The inmate to whom the mail was addressed shall receive a copy of the form letter.
(b) through (9) No change.
Rulemaking Authority 944.09 FS. Law Implemented 20.315, 944.09, 944.11 FS. History–New