Prison PenPal Jonathan Avila

Jonathan Avila

Jonathan is 33 and incarcerated in the US (CA).

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So I’ve caught your eye, which makes me really glad I have! 🙂 Surely it must be difficult finding a penpal with the myriad of people to consider from? If you provide me with a moment of your time, perhaps I can make your choice simple 😉

My personality is easy-going. I’m very open-minded, down-to-earth and many say funny! So a letter/conversation with me will never be boring. For me, a day without a smile is a day wasted; so making you smile will always be my priority. True friendship is what I seek. I’m not interested in romance but rather platonic conversations and good-natured banter. We’re currently in harsh times and a decent friendship could be the distraction we need from the current madness going on.

Listening to music, creating art (drawing, painting, writing), playing guitar and playing sports are my biggest interests. Reading however is what I enjoy most; psychology and any books I can learn from are my favorite. In prison, I have attained my Associate’s Degree, a paralegal degree and have been working diligently on a commutation. Studying and learning new things is my main outlet in here. My goal is to attain a Bachelor’s Degree soon.

I’ve been in prison almost a decade and a half now so patience and coping skills are traits I’ve mastered. I utilize my time in here wisely in furthering my education and valuing the good in life. I’m a highly motivated and optimistic person. Even though physically I am in prison; mentally, I am free.

Letters have become a form of freedom for me. Hearing from you would truly make my day. I do look forward in getting to know you, to hear about your day, your interests, and answer any questions you might have? I would like to share more but will save it for our letters and conversations. So please don’t let any more time pass and allow yourself to be heard and valued through our future friendship as I’m only a letter or an email away.

I can receive emails on JPay, however I can only respond back to you through snail mail, so please always include a mailing address in your emails so I can write you back promptly and put that smile I mentioned on your face!

Your time is appreciated as well as the opportunity to introduce myself to you. I depart with warm regards and one question… “Did I make your choice simple?” 🙂

Date of Birth: 01/15/1988 (33 years old)
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Race: N/A
Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino (Mexican)
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Bald
Height: 5 ft. 6 in.
Body Type: Average
Hometown: Los Angeles, California (USA)
Spoken Languages: English, Spanish, Japanese
Religion: Spiritual
Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Profile will end on: 12/25/2022

Wire of Hope

I sit stuck inside prison beyond bored and so alone.
Fingers crossed for some mail or to hear a voice on the phone.
Every day I write letters, yet there is no one to read.
I wish someone can hear about my life, hope, and dreams.
As I write these words I want people to see, that although I am a prisoner,
I am still a HUMAN BEING.
They call us monsters but I am not my crime.
I daily feel forgotten- a stereotype defined.
I wrote these words to penetrate your mind.
Many things change as the time goes by.
My life inside prison has been a blessing in disguise,
Despite all the years, I’ve become a better guy.
So I send out my message to the reader and the Globe!
Get to know my story through a… “WIRE OF HOPE”

My Fears

I fear isolation but yet I fear to be free.
I fear to be lonely, yet I fear company.
I fear dying and I also fear to live ‘cause I fear being judged for all the things I did.
I fear to dream ‘cause I fear to awake, back to cold reality in this very fearful place.
I fear to hope, ‘cause then I must expect to keep on living and making more regrets!!!


Thoughts of freedom don’t seem to exist.
As I sit incarcerated, identified by fingerprints.
Hidden behind the walls that are made of concrete.
Separated with the defectors…
That spoil society
Not meant to be free.
Kidnapped from our families.
To feed the machine.
Thoughts tangled up: strike 1, 2, and 3.
Sentenced to eternity.
Behind these concrete walls and barbed wired fences.
What we call home: as we’re serving our sentences!

Jonathan Avila #AB3429

Pleasant Valley State Prison
P.O. Box 8500
Coalinga, CA 93210

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Incarcerated Since: 2007
Sentence Received: 81 years to life
Earliest Release: 2048

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1st Degree Murder
Attempted Murder (x2)
Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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