This just reminded me of an old Catherine Tate sketchGot a couple of mates who have unfortunately taken a wrong turn and ended up in the Lewes College of correction.
Obviously wanted to write to them both to offer my support and try and maintain some normality ( talking to me I know ) but instead of writing now there is an email service which you have to register an account with a minimum of £5 with and they charge you 80p for each email you send.
I don’t know what the current UK prison population is, but it must bring a few quid into the Home Office coffers annually with the minimum spend of a fiver?
Then it got me thinking, how much will the Royal Mail have lost in stamp revenue as a result of this scheme?
Have they tried ? https://www.gov.uk/find-prisonerOddly it turns out you can't write to an inmate if you don't know which prison they are in, and you can't be told what prison someone is in because that violates their privacy.
Source: my friend wishing to serve divorce papers on her errant husband.
I suggested that a private detective could obtain the information very rapidly.
Pedant Alert! “They sweep wings for things EMITTING a signal . . . .”Not quite - personal devices are prohibited and jails have technology where they sweep wings for things omitting a signal like phones , iPads etc. you can get a simple phone the size of a lighter or car key fob now which makes them easy to smuggle in