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4 Good Places to Find Prison Pen Pals

Learn About Them Through friends. If you know someone who is incarcerated or has a family member incarcerated, ask for the name of an inmate who might like having a pen pal. This is an excellent way to meet pen pals because they can give a personal r... Read more

Can Inmates Receive Books Through the Mail?

Reading books in jail gives structure to an inmate’s day and may help him or her emotionally. Many county jail books available for borrowing are worn or missing pages. Even if they are complete, there might not be a large selection. Most jails ... Read more

Six Things to Mail to Your Guy in Jail

If you find yourself running out of things to write to your husband about in prison, try some of these fun mail ideas. Co-author a love story. You start by writing one page and send it to him. He writes a page then sends it back to you. It won’t ... Read more

Prison Pen Pals: How Can I get Friends and family Members to Keep Writing to My Inmate?

Inmates depend on letters. It is one of their most important contacts with the outside world. By making letter writing a fun, interactive activity for friends and family, your inmate will continue to hear his name at mail call. Make a list: Choose... Read more

Prison Mail: Can I Send Newspaper Articles About His Charges To Him?

If you live in a small town or he is charged with a large crime, there is a good change that at least a blurb if not an entire article has appeared in the local newspaper. It might also be linked to the local news website.  Some inmates would rather ... Read more

Inmate Mail: When I Write Letters to Someone in Jail, Can They Use What’s In those Letters Against An Inmate?

In a word, yes. Assume that nothing is private. The only mail that cannot be read by jail personnel is mail that is coming in from an attorney or going out to an attorney, and even then, the jail might require that the mail be opened in front of them... Read more

Will the Jail or Prison Workers Read The Letters I Send?

Being separated from someone you love because he or she is incarcerated is difficult. Because all calls from prisons and jails are recorded, you are hesitant to talk about anything personal or intimate on the phone. Instead, you turn to letters. Pour... Read more

Can I Send a Box of Things to an Inmate?

There are still a few county jails in rural areas that allow inmates to receive packages through the mail system from people on the outside, but the vast majority restrict this activity. If your loved one is in a county jail or state prison, you won'... Read more

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