Importance of Pen Pals to Inmates.
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. Moving on, there are people who are incarcerated dealing with different kinds of struggles. Shutting them away is not going to help if they do not feel like the society likes them. 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 common for inmates to ask for legal help, money or gifts from pen pals but this should not deter you from helping them because the prison system prohibits this. Your main goal should be to develop a friendship with the particular inmate which can be a channel for providing hope.
If you do not feel safe writing to an inmate alone, you can do so as a group. 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.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. 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. However, note that not all inmates are dangerous and some are really committed to paying their dues and making changes and the best you can do to them is show support rather than shunning them.