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    Default Newbie from Arizona

    Hello, everyone.

    I'm a 40-year-old fellow who has his own business, a few four-legged kids, and who lives alone in a town house.

    I hadn't even considered writing an incarcerated penpal until I was doing research online for a client, and an ad came up about writing a penpal. Then it dawned on me that it may be important to start doing that, since a lot of incarcerated people live in pretty deplorable, depressing conditions and likely surrounded by staff more interested in punishing than rehabilitating. Maybe I could be some source of encouragement.

    I sent out about 20 letters three weeks ago. It hadn't dawned on me that every one of the recipients was going to respond. My PO Box was filled. It also hadn't dawned on me that it may be difficult to maintain contact with that many people. But since they took the time to respond, and in many cases, in very enthusiastic ways, the least I figured the least I could do is stay in contact with them, so it's been great learning about people who people don't realize are talented, good thinkers, kind, and caring who happened to be caught up in things that they shouldn't have.

    I won't take on any other penpals, but I think I'm going to have many long-term connections now, and I'm happy about that.

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    Default Re: Newbie from Arizona

    Wau, you went from 0 to 20 in one fell swoop!!
    That'll teach ya I hope your next posting won't be about 'burnout'
    I wish you fun corresponding. You sound like a nice enthusiastic pen pal for them all.
    Enjoy!
    "Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow!" ~ Norman Vincent Peale

    ''The road back home is never too long'' ~ Amish proverb















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    Default Re: Newbie from Arizona

    In the end, some will fall away for various reasons, some won't be a good match, so you won't likely always have to maintain the 20.

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    Default Re: Newbie from Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by fyvette View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    I'm a 40-year-old fellow who has his own business, a few four-legged kids, and who lives alone in a town house.

    I hadn't even considered writing an incarcerated penpal until I was doing research online for a client, and an ad came up about writing a penpal. Then it dawned on me that it may be important to start doing that, since a lot of incarcerated people live in pretty deplorable, depressing conditions and likely surrounded by staff more interested in punishing than rehabilitating. Maybe I could be some source of encouragement.

    I sent out about 20 letters three weeks ago. It hadn't dawned on me that every one of the recipients was going to respond. My PO Box was filled. It also hadn't dawned on me that it may be difficult to maintain contact with that many people. But since they took the time to respond, and in many cases, in very enthusiastic ways, the least I figured the least I could do is stay in contact with them, so it's been great learning about people who people don't realize are talented, good thinkers, kind, and caring who happened to be caught up in things that they shouldn't have.

    I won't take on any other penpals, but I think I'm going to have many long-term connections now, and I'm happy about that.
    OMG you are really brave to write 20 letters to 20 inmates !?! Having a correspondence with inmates is not like when you correspond with friends in free world. For my personal experience it also involve much more ?energy? because apart talking about our life, what we do, exchanging thoughts and opinions we also have to give a good dose of support / hopes / strenght and courage because life behind the bars is no longer a ?real daily? life. I also think as others members here you will keep a lower number of penpals in future but I hope you'll be not much disappointed and you will find some good friend. Since I was teenager correspondance also has been one of my favorite hobbies, actually I write to very few inmates who are good friends after many years, also they never asked me for money and I appreciated it ! Usually I prefer to write with people around ?the world? from free world 'cos I like to know other life-styles, other cultures and traditions ? but also writing to inmates I discovered another ?world?, another life-styles and that an inmate is first of all a man with his defaults but also with some qualities.

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    Default Re: Newbie from Arizona

    That's a lot of letters to be writing!
    When I started five years ago I sent out quite a few letters as well (not 20 though), but as gooddog said some of them will fall away for various reasons. I'm down to two now, but very much enjoying it. Welcome to WAP

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    Default Re: Newbie from Arizona

    Take a read of The Slumber Party from Hell by Sue Ellen Allen. It is her experiences in Arizona system. It will give you an idea of what life is like in Perryville.
    Every person has their own story.

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    Default Re: Newbie from Arizona

    Quote Originally Posted by fyvette View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    I'm a 40-year-old fellow who has his own business, a few four-legged kids, and who lives alone in a town house.

    I hadn't even considered writing an incarcerated penpal until I was doing research online for a client, and an ad came up about writing a penpal. Then it dawned on me that it may be important to start doing that, since a lot of incarcerated people live in pretty deplorable, depressing conditions and likely surrounded by staff more interested in punishing than rehabilitating. Maybe I could be some source of encouragement.

    I sent out about 20 letters three weeks ago. It hadn't dawned on me that every one of the recipients was going to respond. My PO Box was filled. It also hadn't dawned on me that it may be difficult to maintain contact with that many people. But since they took the time to respond, and in many cases, in very enthusiastic ways, the least I figured the least I could do is stay in contact with them, so it's been great learning about people who people don't realize are talented, good thinkers, kind, and caring who happened to be caught up in things that they shouldn't have.

    I won't take on any other penpals, but I think I'm going to have many long-term connections now, and I'm happy about that.
    All the best to you and PP.

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