Helping People in Prison for Non Violent, Victimless Cannabis Crimes.
Pen-Pal Survivor’s Guide
Corresponding with friends and family is a life line that is vital to the survival of those on the inside. Mail call can be one of the best parts of a prisoners day, as long as they are lucky enough to receive mail. For many, mail is the only thing they have to look forward to.
If you are reading this, then the chances are you have said yes to being a prison pen pal. On behalf of the prisoners, Thank You!
Every prison has its own rules and they are regularly changing. The following guidelines are for general information but it is always best to verify specific policies that may apply.
The biggest hurdle to beginning a pen-pal relationship is getting started. It is much simpler than one might think. Begin by introducing yourself. Share only what you are comfortable with. I tend to give a short bio that includes my hobbies, pets, likes and dislikes. It is also helpful to explain how you came to hear about your pen-pal. Then, you wait…… The prison mail system can be slow. Sometimes it can take several weeks to get a response. But, before you send that letter keep the following in mind.
Joe Green #123456
Hard Knocks Correctional Institution
PO BOX 666
Behindtherazorwire, NY. 96666
Prisoners love to get pictures. They love to see nature, pets, vacation photos etc. Pictures help them to see the world outside their cement walls and metal bars. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
Sending Books, Magazines, Newspapers
Prisoners are not allowed to receive gifts directly from friends and family but they are able to receive publications that come directly from the manufacturer. Simply put, they can be ordered from Amazon.com.
Magazines and newspapers can be ordered the same way as books. Please remember, the institution will accept magazines such as Maxim, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and Home and Garden. They will reject magazines such as Penthouse and Hustler.
Contact us to sign up to be a Pen Pal! firstname.lastname@example.org