Prison PenPal Michael Alvarez

Michael Alvarez

Michael is 37 and incarcerated in the US (CA).

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Hello, I cherish the desire that yourself and your loved ones are in excellent health.

I’m gonna address the elephant in the room. The dude in the picture is actually 17, that kid being me. Funny story. According to my mom, “ALL” the photos of me – and only me – burned in an “attic fire.” And “ALL” the pics I had – way back – emailed, were discarded by unanimous persons in fear of getting in trouble. Hopefully soon, I can provide you with a fresh face. For now, a brief physical description: Athletic, LONG wavy black hair, dimples (one and a half), a few tattoos, healthy.

I was tried as an adult at 15 and sentenced to 50 years with double life for a gang-related murder. I’ve spent 21 years in here, locked down, which is why I lack the ability to socialize about non-prison subjects. “In dire need of a social network.”

I’m an inventor (vehicles, aircraft, water vessels, homes, etc.), designer (clothing), high school graduate, currently taking paralegal courses to obtain my paralegal certificate which I plan on using to cover the legal aspects of the businesses I’ll launch. After becoming involved in a prison program called HUSTLE 2.0, grasping why people like you needed to see someone like me succeed, I reinvented myself. Maximum security joints fail to provide trades, which is why I’m SOOOO eager to learn.

I draw, songwrite, create cards, and am currently working on two poetry books, subject matters: suicide prevention (target market: teens / young adults) & immigration- almost complete.

Attributions: kind, curious, respectful, loyal, sense of humor which deepens my dimples that up until recently I wouldn’t show. Really shy but am also courageous, which makes me confident and a risk-taker.

Likes: sports (emphasis on soccer, mixed martial arts and boxing), wide range of music, art, movies, wouldn’t mind attending a play or two, would love to travel and explore.

Languages: English, Spanish, French (semi-fluent), learning Gaelic and Scandinavian.

If interested, hit me up via snail mail or through the JPay app (email). Thank you so much. Almost forgot… I’m getting out soon!

Heading out to court in a couple of weeks (Los Angeles County Jail). My mail will be forwarded to me. Thank you.

Composed By: Michael (Angel) Alvarez

What’s worse than passing through hell
Being claustrophobic serving life in a cell
What’s worse than not holding her hand
Realizing you’ve been holding your own for a life span
What’s worse than crying
Not having tears to express sadness while your loved one’s dying
What’s worse… is that these questions linger
As I write this I become anxious- can’t stop tapping my fingers
What’s worse is I’m actually interested in reviewing my statements
I’m not as shocked but surprised at my amazement
What’s better than sadness
Is simply not havin’ it
But… we cannot live without it
Therefore, I search every door and every cabinet
What I didn’t expect was to come across
A heart I once owned now covered in frost
How strange a reminder that love’s never lost
We just have to keep digging in search of a pulse.


I sit inside a (prison) cell
Trying to act like this is normal
Silencing my inner voice
To avoid being judged
Am I a hypocrite for saying
I wish I wasn’t born, though
Wish to leave an imprint
Even just a smudge

I visualize my life, creating
Visions which are false
In that fictitious world
Life & death both co-exist
I forget I am alive
So, I quite often check my pulse
Then I tell myself submit
Knowing I will not resist

As I return to reality
I’m overcome by grief
I feel my heart is missing
As if stolen by a thief
I feel my life was taken
Soul has dried up like a leaf
Awaiting to be stepped on
And no longer in one piece

Date of Birth: 01/16/1985 (37 years old)
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Race: N/A
Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Body Type: Athletic
Hometown: Los Angeles, California & El Paso, Texas (USA)
Spoken Languages: English, Spanish, French (semi-fluent)
Religion: Infidel
Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Profile will end on: 04/23/2023

Michael Alvarez #T43006

High Desert State Prison
P.O. Box 3030
Susanville, CA 96127

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Incarcerated Since: 2000
Sentence Received: 50 years to life
Earliest Release: 2024

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Gang related 1st Degree Murder
Gun Enhancement

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