Does anyone know if inmates of asylums/mental hospitals in the U.S. in the 1920s would be permitted to send and receive personal letters? If so, would these have to be approved and/or censored by staff? A timeline here http://home.earthlink.net/~openedboo...l.therapy.html suggests that, as of 1872:
But it's not clear to which country (or countries) it pertains, and whether it's a universal right.Inmates in mental institutions are allowed for the first time to write letters without prior approval or censorship. The laws allowing this are opposed by most hospital superintendents as intruding on the doctorpatient relationship.
If anyone can shed some light on the matter, I'd appreciate it.