Jens does not have computer access or an eMail account, but can receive letters by regular mail:
Jens Soering #1161655
Buckingham Correctional Center
P.O. Box 430
Dillwyn, VA 23936-0430
Please be sure to follow the NEW prison mail rules:
Beginning April 17, 2017, new mail rules will go into effect in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Please be careful to follow these rules precisely when you write Jens. If they are violated in any way, the entire letter will be sent back to you.
As of April 17, prisoners will no longer be allowed to receive the actual letters sent to them. Instead, they will be given a photocopy of the letter and envelope, as well as photocopies of any items sent inside the envelope (such as photographs, newspaper clippings, etc.). The original letter, and all enclosures, will be shredded.
For each letter, there will be a limit of six (6) photocopied pages. If the letter and the other contents of the envelope exceed six photocopies, the entire letter will be sent back to the sender.
One of the six photocopies is reserved for the envelope. Consequently, there will be only five (5) photocopies available for the actual contents of the letter.
It is important to put the return address on the FRONT of the envelope, or to use no return address at all. If the return address is put on the BACK of the envelope, that "counts" as another photocopy, leaving only four photocopies for the content of the envelope.
If the envelope requires only one photocopy (because the return address is on the front, or there is no return address at all), the remaining five photocopies could be used as follows, for example:
> two pieces of letter paper printed on the front and back (four photocopies), and
> one piece of paper printed on one side only (one photocopy),
> totaling five photocopies.
It is strongly recommended NOT to send photographs. All prisoners will receive are black-and-white photocopies of the photographs; the original photographs will be shredded. If necessary, photos can be printed into the text of the letter, which will be photocopied.
It is strongly recommended NOT to send greeting cards. The front AND inside of the card will be photocopies, using up two of the five photocopies.
German/European letter writers need to be aware that European paper (DIN A4 standard) is longer than American paper (8 1/2 by 11 inches). This means that you need to leave a wide margin at the bottom of each page, or the last few lines of text will be cut off during the photocopying process. Leave at least 2 or 3 centimeters on all four (!) margins of the paper.
The reason for these new, highly restrictive mail rules is that there has been an enormous influx of drugs through letters: oxycodone (which comes in small strips of paper) and "spice" (which comes in a spray that can be applied to paper). There are also new, highly restrictive visitation rules, for the same reason.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.