Merits of Inmate 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. Apart from addiction, people who end up behind bars are struggling with something in their lives. Being behind bars is not fun and in order to keep in touch with the society, these inmates can benefit from the support of those who are free. 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. The society can provide the inmates with hope through pen pals. It is not a surprise for the inmates to be eager to ask if you can help them with money, send them gifts or even get legal help for them but this should not be what you sign up for, given that even the prison system prohibits such. Your main goal should be to develop a friendship with the particular inmate which can be a channel for providing hope.
Do this as a group if you are comfortable initiating the conversation alone. 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. However, you need to avoid inmates who show no remorse for the crimes they have committed because they may end up putting you through too much emotional stress.
It is one thing to be pen pal friends with an inmate and it is a totally different one to be attached to them. Some of them will tell you remorseful stories and when you take up their emotional baggage you might end up depressed. When you find yourself losing grip on the purpose of the friendship, it is time you sought help from a therapist or a support group. 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.