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Postal mail, and legal mail in particular, has become a primary method to get drugs and other contraband into prisons. Unfortunately, correctional officers have been exposed to illicit drug substances during the mail screening process, including K2, fentanyl, and suboxone strips. There has also been an increase in overdoses, drug-related deaths, and widespread violence among inmates due to drugs that slipped past mail screening.

Screening methods such as X-ray do not detect most drugs and contraband sent in letters and small parcels. Chemical test kits and analyzers require suspect mail items to first be identified so they can be opened and tested, often page by page, which is time-consuming, costly, and often leads to false positives. As a result, correctional facilities have been unable to develop an effective and efficient mail security operations to quickly process mail onsite. In this on-demand webinar, Will Plummer, RaySecur CSO and military-trained EOD specialist, who has spent numerous hours in correctional facilities, shares real-life insights and approaches on how to:

  • Maintain – privacy and confidentiality of inmates’ mail, particularly during legal mail screening.
  • Protect – mail screeners and handlers from exposure to dangerous substances, such as fentanyl.
  • Reduce – mail screening time and resources.
  • Detect – more contraband and threats, including drug-laced papers, small quantities of powders and liquids, suboxone strips, electronic components, and other concealed items.



From left to right, Richard Roy, Will Plummer, Dan Pacholke, and Moderator TJ Kelly

Dan Pacholke, Principal Dan Pacholke Consulting, LLC, served the Washington State Department of Corrections for 33 years, starting as a Correctional Officer and retiring as Secretary. Leader in segregation reform and violence reduction in prisons. Extensive experience in program development and implementation, facility management, and marshaling and allocating resources.

Will Plummer, CSO, RaySecur, is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army, where he earned a Bronze Star with Valor as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. He commanded multiple Special Operations support units and served as a certified EOD Team Leader and a Master Instructor. He managed thousands of full-spectrum EOD operations and directed VIP security support for the last eight U.S. Presidents over the course of his military career. As RaySecur’s Chief Security Officer, he consults with customers to evaluate and strengthen their mail security strategies through risk assessments and implementation of standard operating procedures. He also leads RaySecur’s EODSecur team comprised of former military threat experts providing 24/365 threat identification and mitigation support to customers worldwide.

Richard Roy is a retired Deputy Commissioner and Inspector General and Chief of Investigations for the New York Department of Correctional Services with 34 years of service with the agency. He has held numerous positions in both Correctional Facilities and Agency Headquarters. Since 2013 Mr. Roy has been an independent consultant in the private sector with clients including several Law Enforcement technology companies and government entities, including the US Department of Justice as a subject matter expert.


TJ Kelly is a familiar voice moderating industry webinars and podcasts. He currently serves as an account executive at RaySecur working with Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies to implement comprehensive mail security solutions. Prior to RaySecur TJ’s background focused on marketing, communications, and web development for a number of agencies in the Boston area.