We connect incarcerated people with volunteer pen pals from all over the world for a meaningful experience.
Why would someone want to join a prison pen pal program? Because they could make a difference in many lives. The power of a prison correspondence is often underrated, yet studies show that an incarcerated person with connections to the outside world such as pen pals will be 6 times less likely to reoffend within the first year of their release.
Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that at least 95% of American State inmates will eventually be released from prison. Writing to prisoners can make a significant impact in their daily life, legal battle, sense of determination, feeling of hope, and rehabilitation process.
Engaging in a prison correspondence also means fighting against recidivism. You will create a support and solidarity system against a prison-industrial complex built to isolate and dehumanize people. You will take a stand for prison reform.
Ultimately, writing to prisoners can lead to unsuspected positive changes on both sides: in the inmate’s and their pen pal’s lives, but it also plays a part in a larger social change in the US. Read more here.
If you are visiting Wire of Hope’s website to find a prison penpal: thank you! By writing to prisoners, you are going to change many lives! Check out our free inmate penpal listings.