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Why Inmates Need Pen Pals.
Not everybody dreams of being a drug addict but sometimes it happens and it goes without saying that many people who are behind bars are addicted. Besides the addiction issue, those who are in prison are most likely to be struggling with something. Spending days and nights locked in a cage is not fun at all and when there are free citizens to show these people that they matter to the society and the world at large then it will be easy to rehabilitate them. It is worth noting that there are serial criminals behind bars and if the inmates are exposed to such kind of people for a long time then believing that they can make a positive turn in their life may not be an easy time. With pen pals, the inmates will be provided with a chance to get positive influence from the people who are free. It is common for inmates to ask for legal help, money or gifts from pen pals but this should not deter you from helping them because the prison system prohibits this. Your main goal should be to develop a friendship with the particular inmate which can be a channel for providing hope.
If you are scared of communicating to an inmate by yourself, you may choose to write a group letter. A great group to join in doing this is the community and church inmate pen pal projects because there is a facilitator who will be handling the mailing for you. Before you decide to forge a pen pal relationship with a particular inmate, make sure you have full disclosure of the crime they committed so that you do not have to battle your own feelings later. Nonetheless, you need to cautious in making judgements because you can never know how your influence can affect someone’s life. Stay away from inmates who are proud of the crimes they have committed because to change such a person will be a burden to you.
It is one thing to be pen pal friends with an inmate and it is a totally different one to be attached to them. It is not your responsibility to fix what is broken with the inmates you become pen pal friends with because they have therapists for that and you may not be emotionally built to withstand what they are going through. If you realize that the relationship is getting out of hand, find a qualified person to help you sort through the issues and realize what matters. Note that every person in prison has their own personality and those who are remorseful for their actions can easily change for the better if they are shown the proper support and encouraged to become better rather than being given the cold shoulder.