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I Write to Inmate Penpals

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 62 People

    Complain

    So you'll complain about the rising cost of prisons and housing prisoners, you'll complain about them having access to internet and penpals. You'll say they should never be allowed outside the 4 walls yet somehow when they are on the third, fourth or even sixth prison term - you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 22, 2010

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    Convict Pen Pal

    A couple months ago my house burned down and not long after I received a letter in the mail from a prisoner who read about what happened. I thought it would be rude not to write back to him and that's when it started. We started writing letters back and forth talking as just...
    Lunarmoon22 Lunarmoon22 22-25, F 3 Responses May 27, 2013

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    Recently I wrote to an inmate

    and I was attracted to his profile caption .His introduction strikes me as a nice ,Humble sensitive guy .So we started having intense chats,morning to night ,night to day .I existed on his world,I became obsessed with him and felt a sense of empathy for him .I then come to...
    birdsrestingonabranch birdsrestingonabranch 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 28

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    I Stick By My Friends

    I don't want to give too many details because that might reveal my identity, but I'll just say that a friend of mine messed up and got 9 years in prison. I do go to visit every once in a while (it's a 4 1/2 hour drive, so I don't get to visit much), but normally we just write...
    alicia87 alicia87 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2011

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    Pen Pals

    I used to write to inmates when I was younger...but not for very long. Then after my divorce and everything....I decided to start writing to them again. I figure that they would make better pen pals than most, since they would have time to write and also thought it would be...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 2 Responses May 2, 2012

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    18 years ago he made a mistake

    while he was blacked-out drunk. By the time he gets out he will have spent half his life behind bars. I can't imagine what that must do to someone's sense of self. If wonder if he knows who he is outside of the prison walls. To go in a young stupid kid, and come out a middle...
    b1tch2u b1tch2u 31-35 Dec 15, 2014

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    Saving For the Book!

    When I tell snippets about my life,  many different areas,  people say "you should write a book"! I am not depressed today,  but more so this week.  I am brand new and don't understand how to change it.   Also with the matching of...
    HollyBelinda HollyBelinda 61-65, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2009

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    Lve Life To The Max!!!!

    I write to inmate penpals that are sad or depressed that need a little fire starter like me to help cheer their moods! I am very energetic and vivacious i'm very approachable I don't care what colour,race or ethnic background you from just want to know how are you feeling today...
    komal1 komal1 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 24, 2009

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    I Am Doing This For Me As Much As For Her

    First, I must acknowledge the person who encouraged me to reach out. PRP, a core family member in my circle here, and I  had a long discussion about initiating contact with inmates. Many hours and research went into this. While he forged ahead, and gave me updates...
    angelwings626 angelwings626 41-45, F 6 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    Magazine

    Hello everyone. I came across this group and have read through some really inspiring and emotive stories. It's brilliant that some of you have formed such good friendships with inmates. I am a feature writer in the UK for women's magazines and I was wondering if any of you would...
    littlestar89 littlestar89 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 22, 2013

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    Friendship For Life

    I was watching a documentary about inmate pen pals and thought I would give it a go and hopefully brighten someone's days with my letters. I found a site and got to the 1st page and there he was, I'm not sure what it was but I just had a gut feeling that this would be him. We...
    FreeVic FreeVic 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2011

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    The Unlikely Noble Masses

    There are no doubt many people who will question, caution or outright denounce me writing inmates. But just because you are stuck in punishment for a crime to society that is a financial mortal wound doesn't mean you are not still human. Nor does it mean that you don't have a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 25, 2010

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    hisgirlXOXO hisgirlXOXO 22-25, F Mar 29, 2014

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    My Mickey

    i was browsing through prison penpal sights. i found his profile. my eyes were fixed straight away.i was drawn towards him. like the picture was saying write to me. so i started writing. i got a reply three week later. took longer because of me been in the uk.the more we write...
    avongirl33 avongirl33 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 21, 2011

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    I wrote to an inmate in US

    and it was it best and worst experience I ever had .I genuinely wrote in with my purest intention but I then know that there is a reason why they are there...sometimes it's a connection u felt as u need to an incarcerated person as there were times I felt captive in my own walls...
    walkingwarrior walkingwarrior 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 27

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    Related Experiences

    I mean no harm to anyone. I just wanted to write this. As I always say my life is a r-rated movie(only for nudity and language), but this is the PG rated version. So read on and...
    BADLIFEFORME BADLIFEFORME 13-15, F 17 hrs ago

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    Do you ever feel like you write to escape, when I write it always seems to be what I want most, a life I want to live and a person you want to be.
    BriarRose96 BriarRose96 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Suffering from the 'Writer's Block'... Any suggestions Marvelous Writers and Gorgeous Writeresses out here ?????
    themercator themercator 22-25, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I remember these quasi educational shows that were on early in the morning, some were about writers, the thing about writers is they ALWAYS spend a good chunk of time writing each...
    Annodumbaknee Annodumbaknee 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    I was just looking at some of the profiles and I see so many wonderful people and dreams here. It makes me think about all the different occupations people across the globe have...
    Traceavery Traceavery 61-65, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I love to write poetry even tho I'm not the best at it, I tend to write when I'm feeling really low, I want to be able to write about anything I can do depression, and love but I...
    SassyNclassy04 SassyNclassy04 26-30, F a week ago

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    I am a good writer but i also know no matter how good i am there is always something i can improve on. I love to write and have always strive to be one of the best i know i am not...
    chrisscott515 chrisscott515 22-25, F a week ago

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    WRITING I have written down the words I’ve thought, And arranged them on the page. I have created characters to write about, And described their looks and age. I have created...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I love to write, but you would never know it by my profile because I hardly ever post them on my own id. I love writing in my journals about my feelings and how the days effect...
    1CreativeVirtuosa 1CreativeVirtuosa 41-45, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Well I never really considered myself a writer or poet...although I enjoy writing some every so often. I remember when I entered a poetry/writing contest back in high school and...
    SincerelyA SincerelyA 22-25, F Jun 24

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    Lol so yeah I'm a writer if you wanna check out my stories then go to. http://www.wattpad.com/story/13867499-lovely-hate Please comments and votes are appreciated I hope you like...
    Romitri657 Romitri657 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 24

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    I'm taking a class in fiction writing, and I have an assignment due in one week - the first draft of a short story. . Most of the story is already in my head - I just need to write...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 15 Responses Jun 23

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    I write tons of poems, quotes and inspirational things. I have been writing since I was a kid. I share some of them in the group someone made called I Love To Write.
    loveismyfriend loveismyfriend 36-40, F Jun 20

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    I can't stand it when I see you across the room, being turned over from sad to happy by someone who simply isn't me. It hurts... When did our love just turn into a name on a badge...
    MartinTheFirst MartinTheFirst 16-17 Jun 20

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    I wish I could write poetry that captured people's hearts Something that reaches in, grabs their hand, and pulls them from the dark A line that leaves you thinking Even wondering...
    SylenaEverlasting SylenaEverlasting 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 20

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    I'm gonna be honest, this is the hardest it's ever gotten! I thought I got everything I wanted but **** i had nothin! I'm tranna figure out how this actually came to be! I'm as...
    saeedalu saeedalu 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 19

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    This is my greatest secret, but sometimes I write letters to big personalities of histoty, even to rock stars from the 60's or artists from few hundred years ago. I write them as...
    LeapingToadstool LeapingToadstool 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 19

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    wanted to be a writer since I was 10. graduated from college with a journalism degree, and now i'm an aspiring novelist but I feel really lost. would love to get to know some...
    SanFransokyo SanFransokyo 18-21, M 6 Responses Jun 19

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    I don't know what to write about?!? Advice?
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 18

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    As father's Day approaches I was inspired to write this. MY DAD Sometimes occasions come our way, Inspiring memories good and bad. The occasion that is now close at hand, Brings...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 18 Responses Jun 18

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    Do you believe in fairies? Werewolves? Witches? Do you think that the worlds we write and create for others to read are real? Do they exist? Do werewolves have mates? Do vampires...
    SexyAngelBitches SexyAngelBitches 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 18

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    Do you believe in fairies? Werewolves? Witches? Do you think that the worlds we write and create for others to read are real? Do they exist? Do werewolves have mates? Do vampires...
    SexyAngelBitches SexyAngelBitches 18-21, F Jun 18

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    I can only write what I feel. It is only true while I write. Once written it becomes fantasy.
    jacquelinejones jacquelinejones 46-50 1 Response Jun 17

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    WRITING: Many people will tell you to write about what you know, but as Stephen King points out in his book “On Writing” that is not always possible. Science Fiction writers...
    lasergraph lasergraph 61-65, M 3 Responses Jun 16

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    I've made up a bunch of characters and they're all in a band Boys RnB and love songs James:He is from Miami,He creates the dances for the group and he starts dating Selena in...
    xXxSkittleMonsterxXx xXxSkittleMonsterxXx 13-15, F Jun 16

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    I wish I could write people letters than explaining myself to them. Especially to my parents. Somehow the words never escape my throat. It hurts really bad when I am so overwhelmed...
    Venosha Venosha 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 16

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    Like most writers, my life is an open book filled with inspiration, and I wear my heart on my sleeve.
    Solitaireman Solitaireman 51-55, M Jun 16

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    I write story's and adventure of my feelings (I get my best inspiration when I'm sad) and I wrote a story called "the northern wind" witch is about this girl that gets abandon but...
    genny121 genny121 13-15, F Jun 15

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