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  1. Maybe a new Pen Pal......

    by , 06-11-2012 at 08:37 PM
    I wrote my first lifer today. I have time for another (one of my PP's prefers corrlinks so I kinda feel like I lost one we e-mail daily but they are pretty quick messages..I miss actual letters in my mail box) and his ad made me laugh so i thought I would give it a go. I am kind of nervous- my other PP's all have shorter time so they all talk about there plans for getting out......I am not sure what it is like with someone who may never get out and if they do it will be in quite a few years. I am ...
  2. Prison violence and brutality in the prison system

    by , 06-10-2012 at 04:22 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by D_Cochrane View Post

    I don't mean to take this discussion in a different direction but I was wondering do you believe education in prison can help will the violence. I am a student and I did a research paper on teaching emotional intelligence in prisons. The Lion Heart Foundation is an educational program implemented in prisons across the United States. The Houses of Healing phenomenon was created in 1995 by Robin Casarjian; she began her work in prisons in 1988 by teaching prisoners’ forgiveness
  3. Guide to Self-Disclosure

    by , 06-10-2012 at 01:46 AM
    Penpal relationships are all about self-disclosure - sharing your thoughts and feelings about any and everything. Like all communication, there are guidelines to effective and appropriate self-disclosure. I found these very useful. From the book Reaching Out by David Johnson:

    1. Make sure disclosures are not random or isolated acts but rather part of an ongoing relationship.
    2. Focus disclosures on what is going on within and between persons in the present.
    3. Be ...
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  4. I did not expect it all to move so fast but it has....Visiting has been approved

    by , 06-08-2012 at 04:33 PM
    I've been writing to my Prison Pen Pal for just over a year now and I talk to his mom every day on Facebook. Thank you for those of you that gave me advice and made it possible for me to receive calls from him. We talk most evenings and he is very much like his mum, caring, honest, thoughtful and kind. A little while back he added me to his visitation list, I had to fill in some forms here in the Uk and send them back to his Prison in America. I got approved both him and his mom would like to ...
  5. Learning in Prison

    by , 06-08-2012 at 04:11 PM
    Participation in postsecondary programs in correctional seftings remains low,
    despite evidence of positive outcomes and a recent emphasis on postsecondary
    education as a means to meet labor market demands. For example, recent
    national surveys showed that postsecondary academic and vocational
    programs were available at between 35% and 42% of correctional facilities and
    that only about 5% of the inmate population participated (Erisman & Contardo,
    2005; ...
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