Surprised by a revelation that Texas convicts can receive e-mails in state prisons, legislative leaders said Friday that they plan to investigate how the multimillion-dollar, no-bid deal came about and without any public debate.
And lawmakers and prison investigators said they have security concerns because e-mails can be sent from anonymous users with little trace of their true source.
Prison officials defended the e-mail system, saying the contract was handled properly and the system has operated without problems or security issues.
Even so, House leaders said they are researching to determine whether the e-mail system is allowed by a 2007 state law that permitted pay phones in Texas' 112 prisons.
Only incoming e-mails to convicts are allowed. In February alone, 111,000 e-mails were sent into state prisons, officials said. . . .READ MORE