All of the inmates who are listed here enjoy getting letters; especially those letters which help build their confidence.
The most important thing is to just be yourself. Overall, be clear and direct about this. A lot of us want to get involved in gay rights and activism… and may not know how. Help us help others when possible. Know your Boundaries, respect yourself first and foremost… and understand yourself first to better understand others.
Why do I want to write to someone in prison? It is absolutely okay to not have a complete answer, but it is good to ask yourself what your motivations are.
We all carry our own assumptions and need to continuously challenge them. Ask yourself what assumptions you might have about people who are incarcerated and how that might impact the way you write.
What is my capacity? For many prisoners receiving one or two letters from someone promising to correspond regularly, but failing to follow up with further correspondence can be incredibly difficult. It is perfectly acceptable to send postcards of support to people on the pen pal list, just do not set up expectations you will not be able to meet.
How might I deal with hearing about the prison system? Writing with folks in prison can often lead to a deep education about what incarceration means that one might not have been expecting.
It is also very helpful to do this work in community so you can discuss what you are learning and how you might engage the system as well. Individual pen pal relationships can sometimes lead to a desire to do far more advocacy for that individual or to abolish the system as a whole.
We can succeed far more when we struggle in relationship with other people. Am I anxious about giving my mailing address to a new pen pal? Many of us feel nervous about sharing personal information with brand new people in our lives and that is quite reasonable.
There is, however, extra stigma around sharing information with incarcerated people.
In general, we encourage people to use their home address and to take time to question where these anxieties are coming from. If you are not willing to share your address with your pen pal there are a number of options you can use.
You could get yourself a P. Box for your pen pal letters. You could use Jmail. We encourage everyone to do what feels right and best for themselves while at the same time looking deeper at what is causing fear and work on that as we build our movement towards abolition.
I want to end a pen pal friendship; how do I do that? While it is important to remember that your pen pal is living in a traumatizing environment and maybe they communicate differently than you are used to, there is no expectation that you keep up a pen pal friendship that is hostile or makes you feel unsafe.
Based on our experience, being clear and direct in your letter ending your pen pal friendship is your best strategy. If you have particular things that made you uncomfortable that you want the person to know about, it can be helpful to note those things.My homework – write a letter of forgiveness to myself – scares the crap out of me.
I start to cry just thinking about it. I’ve been holding on to this for 22 years and it’s comfortable – it’s my . I liked learning languages, so I was pleased when my French teacher assigned us pen pals. I wrote my letter in French and told them my age and that I liked football.
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I just wish I had more pen pals to write too! I’m writing to a pen pal at my school and she’s in third grade. I began to run out of ideas of what to say, but now that i have found this list, I can’t wait to write my next letter to her! I’m in 9 grade and she’s in 3 grade and I love writing to her!
for my pen pal I sent binder rings and a laminated recipe card.
I send a new laminated recipe card with each letter so she can build a recipe book over time of all my fav tried and tested recipes. She is now sending me the same.