Authorities in New York have issued an order prohibiting people from sending care packages to prisoners.
Based on the new policy that started last month, friends and family aren’t allowed to deliver packages in person during prison visits.
The visitors are also not allowed to mail boxes of goodies unless those come directly from third-party vendors.
According to reports, while the rule won’t stop prisoners from getting items that can be ordered online, like a Snickers bar or a bag of Doritos, they will lose access to foods like home-cooked meals or grandma’s cookies.
Beginning this month, the state prison system is also testing a program where inmates will be blocked from getting most letters sent on paper.
Instead, incoming letters will be scanned by a computer, and prisoners will get copies.
The move was initiated to block a trend of people soaking letters in drugs to smuggle them past authorities.
In a statement, New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said that the two new policies are necessary to stop contraband.
Studies have shown that contraband has been smuggled into prisons in several ways: books laced with heroin, weapons and unauthorized electronics like phones hidden in packages, and letter mail soaked in drugs like methamphetamine or a synthetic cannabinoid, also known as K2.