Electronic contact

There are a few different sites out there that will help you get your mail to the inmate. There are also a few services inmates pay for that also help them gather mail electronically. I want to outline what each of these are.

1. Jpay.com which is probably the most reputable and priced well. Jpay offers many different services for inmates and their friends and family. Not every service is avalible in every prison. They offer money transfer, video visits, direct email deliver, jplayers, and email back and forth option. All of these services costs very, but the email options what I want to cover. For the cost of a stamp
Jpay will deliver your email to the prisoner with in 1-48 hours. Some prisons allow inmates to email back through this same system. Texas for example prints the letters and the inmates reply via regular mail. Ohio has it set up for the inmate to use the system to email, with in the same
Time limit. The cost for these is the same as a stamp per page. You can also sent pictures via this option but I’d recommend only in a pinch.

2. Emailingaprisoner.com will print and mail out upto 3 pages of
Typed print. This cost varies last time I used it was 1.00$ per 3 pages. They would also send pictures at an additional cost of 1.00$ per picture. Good service but your replies need to come through regular usps mail.

3. Paperdollspenpals.com has an email option that the inmates can pay per month. This allows potential pen pals and family, to email letters that you type on their system. They then print and mail out letter for you. Inmate needs to reply via usps mail.

4. Corr links is available to some
Inmates in some prisons. It’s very hit or miss as to what inmate has this option. This seems to be available in most federal and medical prisons. This is an actual monitored email system that can be used to correspond completely via internet. Hawaii, Virgina, carswell in Texas, and a few other prisons do have this option.

California stationary rules

Stationary rules for California women’s prisons, very by state and men versus women facilities. Max per envelope below, stamps should have inmate name and number written on them. In California institutions your allowed to send upto two books stamps, twenty envelopes, a legal pad, twenty pieces stationary or blank paper, ten greeting cards with white envelopes, and upto forty stamps. California men’s facilities allow bic pens as well. Other institutions also allowed variations

of this list you need to call each facilities mail room for a list!

Darlie Routier motion and Results

Hello,

Many of you know I support Darlie, who I believe is innocent. I thought it was important to share a link to a recent motion filed, and the decision. Darlie Routier and her ex husband Darin have been ruler out as the contributors to two hairs found in the home.

http://www.4shared.com/office/1qPy_JLa/Darlie_Routier_DNA_Motions_and.html

For us this is amazing news and we’re hoping to prove more DNA is present that does not belong to Darlie. I do believe the prosecution did a good job in the case. A good job at rail roading and innocent woman. Only focusing on one option and piggy backing if recent Texas killing with mothers who killed their children. I stand by Darlie 100%

Great time to Start

Pen paling is something that really can be giving back! You can be someone who gives a person a hope, a friend, a new found purpose and someone a shoulder. The hardest time for an inmate in prison is the holidays. Not only does it remind them of the freedom the don’t have but often it reminds them of loss. There are many types of loss and I don’t think I need to get into those but, There is a deep since of loss when an inmate is sitting in a cell alone surrounded by drama and criminals. So it’s also a wonderful time to show support to someone in prison. I myself don’t work with men much in prison. I have however complied a list of women in prison who are currently incarcerated and who you could send a card to. Now I know this is a long list so it’s OK just to select a few. The biggest thing is making sure someone who might not get mail usually during this time, feels a bit more special. 

Christmas Card list as follows. Pick and write. Maybe send a Thanksgiving Card.

Jeannette Evans 867633
WCCW
9601 Bujacich Rd. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Janeen Snyder X20232
CCWF 504-142L
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610-1508

Lisa Whitehead ON4928
S.C.I. Muncy
P.O. Box 180
Muncy, PA 17756

Monica Garcia #WE1489
515-4-2 Up
PO Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA. 93610

Michele Kent #W-36529
C.C.W.F. 507-22-3 low
P.O. Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610-1508

Ruby Garcia X10600
C3-7-1L
V.S.P.W.
P.O. Box 92
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0092

Kristin Nordtveit
317016 JA16U
WCCW
9601 Bujacich Rd. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Devine Millar #X22406
V.S.P.W. B3-3-2up
P.O. Box 92
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0092

Andrea Dudash OR1969
S.C.I. Muncy
P.O. Box 180
Muncy, PA 17756

Tina O’Mary #500401
3881 Stewart Lane
Nashville, TN. 37218

Tabitha Latour #1093382
JCC
PO Box 19859
Jean, NV. 89019

Serina Murad #X15191
C.I.W.
P.O. Box 8100
Corona, CA 92878-8100

Morgan Vann 1859960
Woodman State Jail
1210 Coryell City Road
Gatesville, TX 76528

Valerie Haynes 85056
F.M.W.C.C.
4370 Smiley Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89115

Danielle Golden #WE5827
CIW, Barn A 29
PO Box 8100
Corona, CA. 92878

Tari Pope
58183 1B
F.M.W.C.C.
4370 Smiley Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89115

Josephine Zubia #WA0821
Rainbow Camp CC2
8215 Rainbow Hts. Rd
Fallbrook, CA. 92028

Frances Jacobs OH1527
S.C.I. Muncy
P.O. Box 180
Muncy, PA 17756

Melissa Hart #12784-032
Federal Prison Camp, A3
PO Box A
Alderson, WV. 24910

Vickie McElmurry # 261501
P.O. Box 876 A-2-D
Lexington, OK 73051

Regina Brown #23088-045
Federal Prison Camp
PO Box 6000
Greenville, IL. 62246

Rebecca Fox
358033 MA118
WCCW
9601 Bujacich Rd. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Amy Whitlock #03584-029
SPC Aliceville
PO Box 487
Aliceville, AL. 35442

Leah Brumfield #67874
North East Pre-release Centre
2675 East 30th Street
Cleveland, OH. 44115

Paula Johnson OC5652
S.C.I. Muncy
P.O. Box 180
Muncy, PA 17756

Nicole Stevenson #16897-064
PO Box 6000
Greenville, IL. 62246

Katrina Lane
c/o Sonja Nuttle
5 West Farrell
Shawnee, OK 74801

Andrea James #17868-056
FCI
33 1/2 Pembroke Station
Danbury, CT. 06811

Heather McGurk #228887
ASPC Perryville, Unit San Carlos 62-B-43
PO Box 3700
Goodyear, AZ. 85395

Donna Akers 323146
WCCW
9601 Bujacich Rd. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Charity Sands #254251
KCIW
PO Box 337
Pewee Valley, KY. 40056

Hollie Adkins # 14808-032
Federal Correctional Institution – Tallahassee
501 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32301 USA

Ashlee Najarro 62658
N.M.W.C.F.
P.O. Box 800
Grants, NM 87020

Andrea Polly # 98607
Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center
1451 Fore Road
Pocatello, ID 83204 USA

Mireille Vincent # M- 42010
Homestead Correctional Institution
19000 SW 377th Street Suite # 200
Florida City, FL 33034 USA

Sonya Ramos # R-86259
Decatur Correctional Center 
P O Box 3066
Decatur, IL 62524 USA

Melissa French 60028
N.M.W.C.F.
P.O. Box 800
Grants, NM 87020

Candice Rodriguez # 1873074
TDCJ
904 FM 686
Dayton, TX 77535 USA

Jennifer Prince # W-45626
CCWF
P O Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA 93610-1508 USA

Jessica Kajiola # WE-6635
California Institution for Women
P O Box 8100
Corona, CA 92878 USA

Amber Ganey # 0658204
NCCIW
1034 Bragg Street
Raleigh, NC 27699 USA

Lauran Wellborn 73738
N.M.W.C.F.
P.O. Box 800
Grants, NM 87020

De’Etta Kelly # W-73561
CIW SPHU 223
P O Box 8100
Corona, CA 92878-8100 USA

Maci Williams # 12349-003
Federal Correctional Institution – Tallahassee
501 Capitol Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32301 USA

Charity Schultz # 69563
Topeka Correctional Facility D Dorm
815 SE Rice Road
Topeka, KS 66607 USA

Terri Simbalist F80150
P.O. Box 9007
Framingham, MA 01704

Shenee Green #91G2200
P.O. Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Whitney Taylor #1081236
Jean Conservation Camp
PO Box 19859
Jean, NV. 89019

Autumn Murry #1103131
FMWCC
4370 Smiley Rd
Las Vegas, NV. 89115

Aisha Bailey #1212562
Lane Murray Unit
1916  Hwy 36 Bypass
Gatesville, TX. 76596

Tonya Stewart #P21829
GCF, F4-26 Lower
6044 Greensboro Hwy
Quincy, FL. 32351

Khateefa McDaniel #0832394
NCCIW
1034 Bragg St
Raleigh, NC. 27610

Heather Gilbert #1038371
PO Box 19859
Jean, NV. 89019

Keri Cervantes #X03967
CCWF, 507-05-02 Up
PO Box 1508
Chowchilla, CA. 93610-1508

Heather McGurk #228887
ASPC Perryville, Unit San Carlos 62-B-43
PO Box 3700
Goodyear, AZ. 85395

Brittany Hamby #43985074
FCI
Route 37
Danbury, CT. 06811

Amy Gabris #R89414
DCC
2310 E Mound Rd
Decatur, IL. 62526

Victoria Rocha 16282097
CCCF
24499 SW Grahams Ferry Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070

sonya mooney 709880
hawkins unit
p.o. box 1010
wrightsville, ar 72183

Tiffany Tucker, DOC 358055
MCCCW
3420 NE Sand Hill Rd
Belfair, WA 98528

Jamie Coolidge, DOC 797091
MCCCW
3420 NE Sand Hill Rd
Belfair, WA 98528

Stephanie Reyes Aleman #37266-298

FCI ALICEVILLE
P.O. BOX 4000
ALICEVILLE, ALABAMA 35442

 

Books

Books are an amazing asset to an inmate that you could be writing. I have found over the years of pen paling that these libraries inside the prisons, don’t have a large collection of books. Especially the ones that are new. The library becomes bigger only by book donations, and inmates donating their own books. Inmates use books as an escape. Most of us escape into a book when we read, but for an inmate I believe they do it on a much deeper level. So one way that’s relatively inexpensive to help is ordering books. Most prisons will allow you to order books from Amazon and have them mailed in directly to the inmate. We all know why kind of deals you can find on Amazing including used books. If you have the ability to get an idea of the books the inmate reads you can really help them get through this time they are doing. It’s a great effective and inexpensive way for you to help.

Dealing with a let down

I hear all the time “Aren’t you scared writing inmates” my answer right away is always no. But I believe it needs a more in depth answer.

I’m not scared an inmate will show up at my door uninvited. I’m not scared a pen pal of mine would rush out of prison to hurt me. I also personally don’t write men because it makes me feel more comfortable. This however does not mean you cannot be hurt or let down by an inmate.

As I’ve talked about in a previous posts I have been hustled and used by an inmate in the past. Being “hustled” or used by an inmate is a popular way for inmates to survive prison. It can also be used to extort people who write to them. I don’t think this should stop you, it should make you proceed with at least a little caution.

Here is the other thing. When someone’s in prison locked away from family and friends, their pen pals become the sole source for emotional friendship and support. Because of that I believe inmates open up and show their real hopes and dreams. However once an inmate leaves prison it’s not always possible to make those dreams and hopes come to action. Sometimes I’ve personally felt I had an amazing bond with and inmate that should of transferred to when they left. That does not often actually happen. Once an inmate leaves prison most cases you just don’t hear from them again. Not because you didn’t matter but because they have to move on in a very rough outside. It’s also happened that people just stop writing you back. I am not sure if this happens because of boredom or because they move on, it hurts and that’s the only part that scares me in writing. I find that no matter what if you make a bond with someone it hurts to lose them, and it hurts for them to exit your life. Many times you get no closure no reason for the decision and that can be hard for many. It does however make you as a person grow so that you can deal with some of these things. I guess the point is the only thing that scares me is not the danger in writing a prisoner, but the uncertainty that they are being genuine and will stay around.

Looking up a crime

So in writing people in prison you probably realize the person on the other end of your letters is a criminal. In this day and age crimes very so much. You could be writing anyone from a drug offender, to a robber, all the way to a serial killer. Which leads me to my next part. I made a rule when I started writing to women in prison. I was not willing to write people who had crimes in a sexual nature against children. I would not write anyone who had sexually abused another person. However sometimes counting on the word of an inmate is not the smartest. Lets face it these people are not running the yard screaming out what they did to land their sentence. Some pen pals sites do tell you what the crime is, but most of the time it’s info given by the inmate.

Inmate locator will take you to a place to search for the states corrections site. Now some states like California keep the records private. But most states have a website set up so you can search your offenders info. This helped me before I even starting writing someone. It gave me the option to check them out, see what the crime was and what the sentence is. You will need the inmates name and number to search. I advise trying it out before you write someone and maybe even after. If you have an offender in a state that does not offer this info try a Google Search with the name and state of the offender. This does work sometimes. I hope this info helps you in your journey.