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. Besides the addiction issue, those who are in prison are most likely to be struggling with something. Spending days and nights locked in a cage is not fun at all and when there are free citizens to show these people that they matter to the society and the world at large then it will be easy to rehabilitate them. Many of those who are incarcerated spend time with are other inmates who may not be the most positive people in the world. With pen pals, the inmates will be provided with a chance to get positive influence from the people who are free. 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 concern should be striking a relationship with the person to the point where you can be the source of hope as well as offer positive encouragement.
If you are scared of communicating to an inmate by yourself, you may choose to write a group letter. If you are a church or community members, there are inmate pen pal projects you can get into and all you will have to do is write the letter and the leader will take care of the rest. Be sure to ask about the crime the inmate is in for so that you can assess your feelings towards interacting with him or her. 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.
You ought to tread carefully when you find yourself getting attached to inmate more than being a pen pal friend. It is not your responsibility to fix what is broken with the inmates you become pen pal friends with because they have therapists for that and you may not be emotionally built to withstand what they are going through. In the event that the relationship is moving too fast or losing bearing, inform someone who is more experienced than you are in dealing with such matters. 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.