Last week, the Sacramento County jail instituted a new system to permit attorneys and family members to email inmates. No, inmates will not be getting computers and they cannot send emails. Rather, emails will be printed out and delivered "generally the following morning." Although the emails will be read by jail staff and are not confidential, this can be a time saving way for attorneys to relay a short, non-confidential message to a client or for family members to keep their loved ones up to date on family matters.
To send an email, click on this link to the Sacramento County Inmate Info Page, locate the inmate by name or X-Ref Number, and then click on the "email this inmate" link. Don't send your email as a comment to this blog post!
Again, this is worth repeating: emails are not confidential. As they do with recorded phone calls and mail, expect prosecutors to ask jail staff for copies of emails to inmates in the very, near future--if they haven't done so already.