Prison PenPal Matthew Dolven

Matthew Dolven

Matthew is 34 and incarcerated in the US (MN).

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I’m seeking quality friendship to increase my connection to the outside. I’m passionate in life, especially in my writing and art, I’m a complex character with diverse interests. I’m genuine toward people, specifically to those I care about, individuals who hold special meaning to me. I’d love to get to know you fully. Spending time to learn about you and understand how you view the world; discovering your passions in life, receptive to your opinions. I’m quick to open up. I love writing all types of letters, sharing and expressing myself, developing an ongoing, reciprocal conversation with you. I place great value in a few close friendships – quality over quantity – those whom I can invest my time, to respect and hold in high esteem.

At my core, I’m a thinker and visionary. I believe in a sense of responsibility to help society. Knowledge and education hold great value for me. Ingenious and creative, I love new ideas, exploring and discussing insightful concepts – I enjoy the casual parts of life just as much. I’m laidback and not demanding, but also excited to expand my social circle. Looking for natural, meaningful conversations with a sincere, impassioned individual; someone willing to share themselves getting to know one another, trading life’s stories, interests, and concerns. I’m working to improve and articulate my feeling side, to better understand and express my emotions. I value humor, a light-hearted, optimistic outlook in life.

Openhearted and expressive, I endeavor to voice humility, vulnerability, and curiosity getting to know you. I believe compassion and openness are essential aspects to develop a quality friendship. I appreciate your honesty and directness, emboldened to speak your mind without fear of judgment or disgust. Surprise me with something unique, share what holds meaning in your life, something important and defining to you.

Feel free to start a conversation, anything you desire, no topic is off limits or taboo. Be genuine and authentic, I will respond promptly and kindly. I’m enthusiastic to meet you, discovering your perspective and sharing my own.

What does justice do?

What does justice do for you? What does prison do for your community? Does justice improve your life, promote safety, or reduce crime? Does prison restore harm, improve lives, or guide individuals away from recidivism? By most accounts and measures, these answers are all no. Our current system of justice and prison is only reactionary, punitive and draconian in nature. This tough-on-crime mentality has gotten us nowhere in terms of addressing the cause and source of crime, as well as missing the mark on improving lives or society. Through the decades of political emotion and media outrage, we have only managed to lock away our problems and feign disbelief when the system explicitly fails.

What then should justice do? Should not our justice system be based on logic, not emotion. A system that works to help and heal, seeking betterment to all involved and the whole of society. Instead of the offender versus the state, should not the victim become the focus of needs, with the goal to restore the damage and harm done. Should not the offender be able to take responsibility, work to make amends for their wrongs, and receive the help and support to become a better person, overcoming their faults and failures.

Why then, do we not demand that justice do the hard work we need it to do? We must demand real change, moving away from the existing system and towards a restorative one. We can do so much better than letting our fellow citizens waste away, calling time in a cell justice. True tough on crime is allowing accountability, allowing restoration to happen and facilitating the conditions required to improve all lives involved. Accountability is facing those harmed, asking what can be done, and putting in the effort to make amends for the damage done.

Restorative justice is not some theoretical idea. It is the most human interaction we can achieve. It is the embodiment of justice, justice in action to restore those wronged and the damage caused. It is beyond time we seek true accountability through restorative justice.

Date of Birth: 10/19/1988 (34 years old)
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Divorced
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Race: White
Ethnicity: Not Hispanic or Latino
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 6 ft.
Body Type: Average
Hometown: Montevideo, Minnesota (USA)
Spoken Languages: English
Religion: N/A
Astrological Sign: Libra

Profile will end on: 10/09/2024

Matthew Dolven #260993

MCF Faribault
1101 Linden Lane
Faribault, MN 55021

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Incarcerated Since: 2018
Sentence Received: 30 years
Earliest Release: 2028

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1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Production & Distribution of Child Pornography (x2)

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