Inmate & Family Issues

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 recommendation.

Use Pen Pal Sites. There are several of them online. You plug in the age and gender of the kind of… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

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 will not allow you to send books directly to the inmate but will allow them to come directly from a publisher. Here are some tips… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

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.

  1. 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 be long until you have co-authored a mini-novel. If it’s really good, type it up and share it
Inmate & Family Issues

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 four people for each letter game. Those four will be a team. Put a variety of ages, genders and interests on each team to make the… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

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 not know about their notoriety, while others want copies sent to them in jail. If he wants to see the… Read more

Contacting Inmates

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 so they can search it for contraband and generally screen the mail. Some facilities have been looking for ways to… Read more

Contacting Inmates

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. Pouring your heart out in a letter feels almost like the inmate is sitting right there with you. It is easy to forget that the letter will pass through… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

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’t be able to send a package directly from your home. A few county jails and almost all state prisons allow inmates to receive packages… Read more