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Have you Ever Considered writing to an inmate? 

Every day, over two million prison inmates sit in their cells waiting for the mail to arrive. For many, letters and packages are their only contact with the outside world and their only reminder that there is more to life than what they experience in prison. Many of these prisoners will be left empty-handed when the mail is delivered because they have no one who takes the time to keep in touch with them.

If you could sit down and talk with them, you'd find that many of these male and female inmates desire penpals to communicate with. They need a connection with life outside the prison walls. It's too easy to lose hope inside a prison cell. Having a pen pal can help inmates make the change that keeps them out of prison in the future.

If you'd like to become pen pals with an inmate we suggest Since 1998, has connected people on the outside with inmates who need a friend.

Benefits for Inmates

Men and women who are incarcerated can benefit enormously from becoming pen pals with people on the outside. A few top benefits include:
1  Ward Off Alienation - It's easy to become alienated from society while behind bars. An occasional letter from someone on the outside can keep that from happening.

2  Improve Social Skills - Inmates are more likely to successfully reintegrate into society when they are able to maintain and improve their social skills with folks from the outside. Becoming prison pen pals is an excellent way to do that.

3  Reduce the Risk of Returning to Prison - Prisoners who maintain relationships with people outside of prison are less likely to return in the future.4  A Bright Spot in a Dull Day - Inmates are elated when they learn that mail has arrived. It helps eliminate the monotony that inevitably goes along with being incarcerated and helps time pass more quickly.

Benefits for You

Male and female prisoners aren't the only ones who benefit from participating with Benefits that you'll enjoy include:
1  Being a Positive Influence - Becoming a pen pal to a prisoner is a great opportunity to set a positive example.

2  Giving the Gift of Hope - It's amazing how a small amount of communication with the outside world can improve a prisoner's outlook on life.

3  Being a Motivational Presence - Your letters are sure to motivate and encourage your pen pal and remind him that he truly deserves a second chance.

Benefits for Society

Finally, locating and communicating with a pen pal through actually benefits society as well. Your efforts could very well be the difference between someone going out and changing his life or ending up back in prison. Male and female inmates desire pen pals, and connecting with them is sure to bring about positive results in the long run.

Before You Begin

Thousands of people communicate with prison pen pals through online personals. It's generally a safe and enjoyable thing to do, but you need to be practical. Overly trusting people are occasionally scammed by inmates. When sending a letter to an inmate for the first time, include nothing more than your letter and a few photos. Different jails and prisons have different regulations. After becoming familiar with the rules of an inmate's particular prison, you may be able to include additional items with your letters.

Thousands of male and female prisoners are waiting to hear from you. Get started right this second! Click on the banner below.