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Some Background on WriteAPrisoner.com…
We were originally established as an organization to help prison pen-pals receive letters from free world pen-pals. Inmates have been turning to us in the tens of thousands since the year 2000 to find friendship and moral support outside of prison walls. We post their pen-pal profiles, photos and contact information on WriteAPrisoner.com. You, the viewer, can then select which prisoners you would like to correspond with, after viewing all of the personal (interests, goals, etc.) and public (crime, release date, etc.) information. Unlike sites like Facebook and MySpace, here you will be able to research all information on the person you are contacting. Once you have selected an inmate to correspond with, you will have the option of sending your first message free of charge. Research shows that inmates who establish and maintain positive contacts outside of prison walls are less likely to return to prison. In fact, they are less likely to return to crime and substance abuse and are more likely to find employment and remain productive members of society. See our Why Write a Prisoner page for details.

People from all walks of life choose to correspond with prison pen-pals. U.S. military personnel stationed overseas, attorneys, pen-pals of every religious affiliation, estranged family members, and world citizens reflect the broad and diverse range of people who have chosen to write a prisoner. It’s an unfortunate reality that today most of us know someone incarcerated. In fact, one in one hundred Americans is incarcerated at this very moment. The burdens this places on our social system and affected families are both financial and emotional.

How WriteAPrisoner.com and You Change the World…
Inmates pay a nominal membership fee (that has never increased) for their prisoner pen-pal postings. This is invested back into providing free programs never offered before aimed at reducing crime and recidivism. And it’s working. We provide numerous resources for helping inmates, their families, victims of crime and the Departments of Corrections. We created and fund a Books Behind Bars program, which helps under-funded prisons receive much needed educational materials. Our Back to Work section allows family, friends and Departments of Corrections officials to post inmate résumés free of charge as they near release. Our Inmate Housing section helps offenders in need of a home – often a condition of release. WriteAPrisoner.com donates a portion of its proceeds from the prisoner pen-pal profiles to our Children Impacted by Crime Scholarship Fund. Pen-pals can enroll inmates in our Self-help Programs that help inmates: prepare for release; parent from prison; seek employment; continue education; repair credit; etc. These programs don’t cost you or the inmates anything more than a stamp and your time. Our comprehensive Prison Resource Directory and Victim Resource Directory link to many helpful organizations. Our Welcome Home Kits (for inmates coming home who have no family or friends to rely on) include basic essentials such as toiletries, supplies, etc. We simply don’t have enough space to list all of the non-commercial endeavors we have underway to help people turn their lives around. Because the inmates pay for their profiles to be posted on our site, they are indirectly contributing to these worthy causes while benefiting from the positive contact they receive from friends outside of prison. Our programs do not cost taxpayers one cent. In fact, we lessen the burden on taxpayers. By reducing recidivism, we reduce America's need to build more costly prisons. We have received countless letters and emails from released inmates telling us how a pen-pal from our site led to them getting their lives on track. Together - you and WriteAPrisoner.com - we are changing the world for the better.

The Future…
WriteAPrisoner.com has become the Internet's catalyst for positive change for all prison-related issues. We receive millions of page views each month, far more than many Departments of Corrections sites. Viewers come to find information, join our advocacy efforts, and seek support in helping inmates reintegrate back into society. We cross party lines to support legislation and change that will help educate, train, reform and ultimately reduce our inmate population. We understand that the nature of this website may seem strange to some. We are not disregarding the fact that people are sent to prison as a form of punishment for the crimes they committed (see our Crime Prevention section). That said, they are also sent there for correction and rehabilitation. Approximately 90 percent of them will be released someday. We provide resources for those wanting to change and prepare for their ultimate release. We have an opportunity and obligation to help facilitate positive change in the prison system today. You have shown us this is possible, through letter-writing campaigns, voting, and other advocacy efforts. Almost every inmate in prison today will be returning to society at some point. Your investment of time and compassion can help ensure that many of them will return to us as productive members of society and not repeatedly return to prison as has become the trend in the U.S.

Unfortunately, a few states do not allow WriteAPrisoner.com to work with their inmates or you through WriteAPrisoner.com. We need your letters to these governors today. Will you please visit Write a Governor now, and ask them to stop this detrimental practice? The American prison population quadrupled between 1980 and 2000. That's when we went to work - in 2000. Since then, we have helped thousands of inmates, and our numbers grow daily while we continue to become so much more than just an opportunity for a friend.


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