A letter on behalf of Wesley Kaster #190961
Honorable Mike Kehoe
Office of Lieutenant Governor
State Capitol Building – Room 224
Jefferson City, MO 65101
3 January, 2019
I am the father of 11 children, the grandfather of thirteen and counting, the husband of one wife, a convict (1980s) regarding anti-abortion action which, of course, saves the lives of innocents.
I am writing you about one of your prisoners, one Wesley Kaster (#190961), and complaining about a policy of the Cole County Jail which prohibits my mailing a simple envelope with a letter inside. The policy, as described on my returned envelope in hand written instruction, is simply “RTS Postcards Only No Stamps.”
It is burdensome enough to simply write a letter to a prisoner with all the other duties one has. Why must such a simple effort to communicate with and encourage a prisoner be obstructed by such a policy? And why not permit the enclosure of additional reading materials – articles, essays, news-clippings for the reading pleasure of those locked away?
A prisoner’s time in jail and separation is sufficient punishment. Impediments to the benefit of communication with friends and relatives seem to be an unnecessary restriction.
I hope you will revisit this policy and permit simple communication and the sharing of “outside news.”